Acting Deputy Under Secretary Roger Glendenning today announced that USDA is providing zero-interest loans to two rural energy providers to help business and residential customers lower energy use and costs
The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) announced today plans to extend the Commonwealth’s successful Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC 2) program further into 2017 along with a new proposal for a long-term replacement of the program. Since its inception, the SREC 2 program has led Massachusetts to more than 1,600 megawatts of solar development and supported thousands of local jobs, economic investments and a healthier environment for Bay State families and businesses.
Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $17 million in funding for the Federal Home Visiting Programs in 13 states. This funding will support Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Federal Home Visiting Program awardees in the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovations to strengthen and improve delivery of coordinated and comprehensive high-quality voluntary services to eligible families
A program to help commercial building tenants cut energy consumption and lower energy costs was announced today by the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Called the Tenant Energy Optimization Program, it is a process that integrates energy efficiency into tenant space design and construction and delivers significant investment returns through energy conservation.
The American Land Title Association (ALTA), the national trade association of the land title insurance industry, released a new Spanish Language Suite as part of its industry education initiative, the Homebuyer Outreach Program (HOP).
Pete Mills, Senior Vice President of Residential Policy and Member Engagement for the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) issued the following statement regarding FHA's guidance on the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman today announced that the agency will conduct an audit of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) drinking water program. Region 5 will examine MDEQ's implementation of the Safe Drinking Water Act and related rules on lead and copper, total coliform, nitrates and ground water
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on July 23 recommending that HUD and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) jointly oversee the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. The recommendation came as GAO criticized the IRS’ lack of oversight of the program. This includes the fact that the IRS has only conducted seven audits of the 56 state housing finances agencies that administer the program.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - July 31, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- The NAHB Professional Women in Building (PWB) Council is now accepting entries for its annual awards program. The awards recognize local councils and women in the home building industry for their contributions to the industry and philanthropic efforts in their communities
WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 14, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Realtors® are not only strong advocates for homeownership, but also for their communities, and many contribute countless hours of their time to enhance the lives of others. For six years now, Realtor® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Society has helped Realtors® expand and develop their charitable efforts through the Volunteering Works Grant and Mentoring Program. The program, which assigns expert mentors to Realtors® who want to expand their community service outreach, is now seeking entries
WASHINGTON, D.C. - October 30, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The American Institute of Architects (AIA) commends the decision of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Board of Directors to remove the employment duration requirement in the Intern Development Program (IDP). This change will allow interns to earn IDP experience regardless of time spent on a project. The eligibility requirement is also being simplified to allow interns to begin earning credit upon graduation from high school. The changes go into effect December 16, 2013.
NeighborWorks America Helps Nearly 1.6 Million Homeowners through Congressionally Funded National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling...
WASHINGTON, D.C. - October 23, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) --Nearly 1.6 million homeowners have received foreclosure prevention counseling by local nonprofits, national intermediaries and state housing finance agencies participating in the National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling (NFMC) program. The NFMC program is administered by NeighborWorks® America, one of the nation’s largest community development corporations.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - August 30, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Tracie Dollarhide, a new home sales agent with Jeff Benton Homes in Huntsville, Ala., recently became the 25,000th graduate of the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Certified New Home Sales Professional (CSP) program. The CSP program offers sales professionals a broad understanding of the new home building business, an overview of consumer psychology and proven advanced sales techniques used by real estate veterans
WASHINGTON, D.C. - August 6, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS) today announced the award of 22 grants, totaling more than $5 million, to provide about 1,900 homeless female veterans and veterans with families with job training to help them succeed in civilian careers. The grants are being awarded under the department’s Homeless Female Veterans and Veterans with Families Program.
WASHINGTON, DC - August 1, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit working to improve the lives of homeowners in need, was awarded a $731,244 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to continue the Rebuilding Together AmeriCorps program.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - July 31, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Legislation needed to reduce financial risk for reverse mortgage borrowers has now been approved by both chambers of Congress.
Christie Administration Expands ‘reNew Jersey Stronger’ Housing Initiative With $70 Million Landlord Rental Repair...
Trenton, NJ - July 24, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Christie Administration today launched a $70 million Landlord Rental Repair Program to provide grants to help rental property owners repair, reconstruct or elevate rental units damaged by Superstorm...
WASHINGTON, DC - July 24, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced a $907,000 grant to the Catholic Charities of West Tennessee (CCWTN) to help prevent an estimated 160 local veterans and their families from falling ho...
AMES, IA - July 23, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will accept 1.7 million acres offered under the 45th Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up. The Department received nearly 28,000 offers on more than 1.9 million acres of land, demonstrating CRP’s continuing appeal as one of our nation’s most successful voluntary programs for soil, water, and wildlife conservation. Under Vilsack’s leadership, USDA has enrolled nearly 12 million acres in new CRP contracts since 2009. Currently, there are more than 26.9 million acres enrolled on 700,000 contracts
CHICAGO, IL - July 22, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by U.S. Department of the Treasury officials to announce the success of his Illinois Hardest Hit Program and urge homeowners to apply for up to $35,000 in mortgage pa...