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  • HUD watchdog clears Carson in $31,000 furniture fiasco

    Report shows Mrs. Carson guided furniture selection
    Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson was cleared by HUD's independent watchdog for the order for a $31,000 custom hardwood dining set that was to be installed in his office. Actually, it seems Carson’s wife had more of a hand in picking out the furniture than the secretary himself. And on top of that, the order was canceled after all.
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  • HUD awards $75 million to combat youth homelessness

    $32 million more than last year's funds
    Programs designed to combat homelessness in 23 communities across the country are getting $75 million in funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a jump from last year's $43 million in awards. HUD’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program offers rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, transitional housing and host homes to communities.
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  • HUD awards $28 million to deal with lead paint in public housing

    Thousands of properties are impacted
    The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Tuesday that is providing $27.8 million to 38 Public Housing Agencies across the country to reduce lead-based paint hazards in older public housing units. Although lead-based paint was banned for use in homes in 1978, HUD currently estimates that there are approximately 24 million older homes that still have significant lead-based paint hazards
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  • From HW Magazine

    HUD Secretary Ben Carson apparently doesn’t know what an REO is

    Under questioning from Rep. Katie Porter, Carson confuses REO with Oreo
    Carson appeared on Capitol Hill to testify before the House Financial Services Committee, and during questioning from the committee member with the most housing knowledge, turned himself into a punchline by confusing a common housing industry term with a cookie.
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  • Trump signs executive order to tackle lack of affordable housing

    Establishes council to eliminate barriers to development
    President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that establishes a White House Council tasked with identifying and removing barriers hindering the development of affordable housing. In effect, he is “tearing down red tape in order to build more affordable housing,” a White House release said.
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  • HUD Secretary Ben Carson apparently doesn't know what an REO is

    Under questioning from Rep. Katie Porter, Carson confuses REO with Oreo
    HUD Secretary Ben Carson had a bit of a rough day on Tuesday. Carson appeared on Capitol Hill to testify before the House Financial Services Committee, and during questioning from the committee member with the most housing knowledge, turned himself into a punchline by confusing a common housing industry term with a cookie. Yes, you read that right.
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  • Government watchdog: Ben Carson's office décor spending spree violated law

    Finds Carson in the wrong for far exceeding spending limit without notifying Congress
    When Ben Carson assumed his role as HUD secretary, he and his wife Candy set out to bring the office up to standards, shelling out some serious cash – including $31,000 for a dining set – to make that happen. Carson shrugged off the expense as standard for any incoming secretary, but the Government Accountability Office says not so much.
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  • Ben Carson's senior advisor leaves HUD for FHFA

    Adolfo Marzol to work under Calabria as principal deputy director
    Adolfo Marzol, senior advisor to the Department of Housing and Urban and Development Secretary Ben Carson, has left the agency for a new gig in housing finance. The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Tuesday that Marzol has already assumed the role of principal deputy director, reporting to the agency's new director, Mark Calabria, who was sworn in Monday.
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  • Opportunity Zones have investors excited. So why aren't more buying in?

    As the Treasury works on a second round of guidelines to ease investor concerns, HUD asks interested parties to weigh in
    When it comes to Opportunity Zones, investors are excited about the potential for tremendous tax savings, but many are not buying in just yet. What's the problem? Lingering questions about how, exactly, Opportunity Zones work. While HUD estimates the program could spur as much as $100 billion a year in investments, evidence suggests this potential is far from being realized. As interested parties await clarification from the Treasury, HUD is seeking public input as to how it can leverage its authority to encourage uptake and maximize the impact for distressed communities.
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