Housing & Development

Housing & Development
USDA

USDA Partners to Improve Rural Water Infrastructure for Nearly 250,000 People in 103 Communities

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $267 million in 103 infrastructure projects (PDF, 298 KB) to upgrade water and wastewater systems in rural communities.
ABC National

ABC Predicts Stable Nonresidential Construction Sector for Remainder of Year

Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu predicts the nonresidential construction sector will remain stable for the second half of 2018, yet warns of a potential economic downturn in 2020, according to a recent mid-year economic outlook published in Construction Executive magazine.
USDOJ

Three California Residents Sentenced in $20 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Three owners and/or managers of Los Angeles, California-area foreclosure rescue companies, Dorothy Matsuba, Jamie Matsuba, and Thomas Matsuba, were sentenced to 240, 135, and 168 months in prison today for their roles in a foreclosure rescue scheme, respectively.
SEIA

SEIA Partners With WGL Energy to Secure SRECs, Carbon Offsets

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and WGL Energy Services, Inc. (WGL Energy) today announced a new Clean Energy Partnership to green the electricity use and offset the greenhouse gas emissions associated with SEIA’s office, travel and events.
NAHB

Builder Confidence Stays at Healthy Level in July

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes remained unchanged at a solid 68 reading in July on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton to Testify Opposing All Anti-Home-Rule Riders to D.C. Appropriations Bill at Rules Committee...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will testify in support of her amendments to strike all five anti-home-rule riders from the House’s fiscal year 2019 District of Columbia Appropriations bill, as well as in opposition to three newly filed anti-home-rule amendments, at a House Rules Committee markup scheduled for Monday, July 16, 2018, at 5:00 p.m., in H-313 (U.S. Capitol).
Ginnie Mae

Ginnie Mae MBS Outstanding Increases to $1.971 Trillion

Ginnie Mae today announced that issuance of its mortgage-backed securities (MBS) totaled $37 billion in June. A breakdown of May issuance includes $35.330 billion of Ginnie Mae II MBS and $1.669 billion of Ginnie Mae I MBS
ASE

Alliance Announces 2018 Stars Of Energy Efficiency Award Winners

The Alliance to Save Energy on Friday named its 2018 Stars of Energy Efficiency Awards winners, recognizing companies, organizations and individuals who have demonstrated profound leadership in energy efficiency.

Coliving Space is Catching On in Cities Around the World

In virtually every major city around the world, one trend stays constant: the cost of living increases every year. At the heart of this is the cost of housing - which in some cities like New York or Los Angeles will almost invariably consume the overwhelming portion of a person’s income.
GSA

GSA Publishes First Map of Executive Branch-owned and Controlled Real Property from FY 2017

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today published a geographic information system (GIS)-enabled map of the federal government’s centralized inventory of real property from fiscal year (FY) 2017. The data, from the Federal Real Property Profile (FRPP) Management System, lists property under the custody and control of executive branch agencies.

Community Leaders Call for Legislative Action to Redevelop Clarendon Hill Public Housing Development in...

Dozens of community leaders and statewide supporters of affordable housing pushed for the redevelopment of Somerville’s Clarendon Hill public housing at a State House hearing today before the Joint Committee on Housing.

Bridging Technology and Nature Connects Children to Parks

According to a recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), nearly 70 percent of Americans agree that merging technology and nature will increase children’s desire to go to parks. This includes having free Wi-Fi, interactive digital displays and games, or map-based apps for parks.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton Blasts Meadows, Palmer for Filing Anti-Home-Rule Riders to Block D.C.’s Individual Health Insurance...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today blasted Representatives Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Gary Palmer (R-AL) for each filing two anti-democratic riders to the fiscal year 2019 District of Columbia Appropriations bill to block two local D.C. bills. Meadows and Palmer filed redundant amendments to prohibit D.C.
EPA

EPA Prepares for 2018 Hurricane Season, Building on Lessons Learned from Sustained Emergency Responses...

WASHINGTON  — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has joined partners across federal, tribal, state, and local governments in preparation for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season....
Natural Resources

House Passes Bill to Support Critical Water Infrastructure for Tribes, Local Communities

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3281, the Reclamation Title Transfer and Non-Federal Infrastructure Incentivization Act. Introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), this bipartisan bill establishes a voluntary, streamlined process for local utilities, states or tribes to pursue title transfers.

Business Real Estate Press Releases

365 Connect Partners with Electric Girls to Provide Scholarships to Next...

365 Connect, a leading provider of award-winning marketing, leasing, and resident technology platforms for the multifamily housing industry, announced today that the company will provide scholarship grants for Electric Girls educational programs.

Recent Gov & Nonprofit Real Estate Press Releases

Appraisal Institute

Appraisal Institute Opposes Effort to Reduce Risk Management for SBA Loans

The nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers today announced its opposition to proposed federal legislation that would reduce the requirements for appraisals in major Small Business Administration loan programs.