Items Tagged with 'Section 8'


  • New York moves to outlaw income discrimination in housing

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduces bill to prevent discrimination based on income
    While the Republicans leading the Department of Housing and Urban Development are pushing to increase the rents on those who use Section 8 vouchers to afford housing, the Democratic governor of New York is moving to ensure that wanting to use a Section 8 voucher cannot be used as a means to discriminate against a prospective resident.
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  • HUD proposes raising rent for people receiving federal housing subsidies

    HUD Secretary Ben Carson touting “Making Affordable Housing Work Act”
    Claiming that the current system of providing federal housing subsidies to low-income renters is “convoluted” and “unsustainable,” the Department of Housing and Urban Development is proposing sweeping reforms to its housing assistance programs. The main tenet of the proposal is raising the rent on roughly half of those who currently receive housing subsidies.
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  • Former executive director of Michigan housing commission jailed for stealing HUD funds

    Sentenced to 37 months for scheming to steal $336,000 in federal funds
    The former executive director of the St. Clair Housing Commission in Michigan was sentenced earlier this week to more than three years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing Department of Housing and Urban Development money that was supposed to be used to provide housing to low-income families.
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  • Former Michigan housing commission exec admits to stealing Section 8 funds

    Also admits to embezzling funds from commission’s operating budget
    The former executive director of an affordable housing commission in Michigan admitted in court this week to stealing more than $336,000 in federal funds, including $162,000 that was meant for the Section 8 housing program. Additionally, Lorena Loren admitted to using the commission’s two credit cards to make unauthorized purchases of personal items for herself and relatives from Amazon, Walmart and Sam’s Club stores, to the total of $166,000.
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  • Fannie Mae EXCLUSIVE: The crisis in affordable rental housing, Part 2

    Working toward solutions
    With the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, low-income renters in the program pay 30% of their incomes toward housing, with the federally funded program paying the balance to the landlord up to a set maximum. Demand is so great, however, that thousands of families can linger for years on waitlists in some cities with no assurance they will ever receive a voucher. Created in the 1970s, it may be time to take a fresh look at the voucher system to ensure we're effectively serving today's households.
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  • Rasmussen: 83% oppose government role in neighborhood diversity

    Majority say race isn’t a cause of perceived lack of diversity
    American voters overwhelmingly say that it is not the government’s job to try to bring those of different income levels to live together, and they reject the rules from the Department of Housing & Urban Development designed to “affirmatively further fair housing.”
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  • Senate Appropriations Committee approves $55B housing, transportation bill

    Housing allocated $2B more than FY2015, $3B less than White House wanted
    The Senate Committee on Appropriations today approved the FY2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, making the $55.65 billion measure available for consideration by the Senate. It's more than last year, but less than the White House wanted.
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  • Dispelling the myth of the affordable housing bogeyman

    Those in housing programs aren’t who you think
    The scariest thing you’ll see this summer is not a genetically modified dinosaur noshing on nameless tourists in whatever iteration of Jurassic Park we’re up to, but rather the Obama administration’s forthcoming final rule to affirmatively further fair housing. Well, that’s what the rule’s opponents would like you to believe.
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