Tag Archives: HUD

Secular Groups Win Settlement From HUD After Asking For Info On Ben Carson’s Bible Study At His Workplace

The Christian Post reports: A leading secular legal group says the Department of Housing and Urban Development has agreed to pay $17,800 after settling a lawsuit related to Secretary Dr. Ben Carson’s participation in a Bible study and his daily schedule that might include a Bible study. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation announced that it, along with the Citizens …

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HUD Official Gets Stern Letter For Hatch Act Violations

Remember a few months ago when this Trump lackey declared “I don’t give a shit” about Hatch Act violations and dared her critics to come after her? The Office of Special Counsel has reprimanded Lynne Patton, a top Department of Housing and Urban Development official with ties to President Donald Trump’s family, for making political statements on the job. Patton, …

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Trump Official “Doesn’t Care” About Breaking Law

The Huffington Post reports: Lynne Patton, a regional administrator for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, wrote last week that she may have broken a federal law meant to prevent officials from politicizing their government positions, but said that even if that were the case, she “honestly” didn’t care. “Just retweeted this amazing tweet from both of my Twitter …

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Housing Head Flames Out On Common Housing Term

Mediaite reports: Political observers are not impressed that Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson needed a tutorial on Tuesday to learn the difference between an Oreo and REO. Appearing before Congress for an oversight hearing, Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-IA) asked Carson about disparities in REOs — a term which stands for Real-Estate Owned. As Porter explained, REO refers to …

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HUD Plans To Evict 55,000 Legal Resident Kids In Purge Of Undocumented Immigrants From Public Housing

The Washington Post reports: The Department of Housing and Urban Development acknowledged that a Trump administration plan to purge undocumented immigrants from public housing could displace more than 55,000 children, all of whom are legal U.S. residents or citizens. The proposed rule, published Friday in the Federal Register, would tighten regulations against undocumented immigrants accessing federally subsidized housing to “make …

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HUD Charges Facebook With Housing Discrimination

The Washington Post reports: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said Thursday it is charging Facebook with housing discrimination, alleging its targeted advertising platform violates the Fair Housing Act by “encouraging, enabling, and causing” unlawful discrimination by restricting who can view housing ads. The charges caught Facebook off guard, coming one week after the social media giant agreed …

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Trump Admin Mulls Broad Rollback Of Civil Rights Law

The Washington Post reports: The Trump administration is considering a far-reaching rollback of civil rights law that would dilute federal rules against discrimination in education, housing and other aspects of American life, people familiar with the discussions said. A recent internal Justice Department memo directed senior civil rights officials to examine how decades-old “disparate impact” regulations might be changed or …

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Trump Administration Considers Defining Gender As An Immutable Biological Condition Determined At Birth

The New York Times reports: The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a government-wide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law. A series of decisions by the Obama administration loosened the legal concept of gender …

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Dr. Stabby Drops Plan To Triple HUD Rents

Politico reports: HUD Secretary Ben Carson is backing off plans to triple the minimum rent paid by some of the country’s poorest households, citing Congress’ move to defy the administration and boost his agency’s budget. The proposal to increase the minimum rent paid by rental assistance beneficiaries is no longer “urgent,” due to the additional resources in the HUD budget, …

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Dr. Stabby’s New Deputy Chief Of Staff Is Son Of His “Closest Friend” Once Convicted Of Health Care Fraud

CNN reports: Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson will name the son of his close friend and business associate as deputy chief of staff, the department confirmed Wednesday. Alfonso Costa Jr., 29, is expected to join the department in the coming weeks, a source familiar with the decision told CNN. Costa’s father is a dentist-turned-real-estate-investor who Carson has described …

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Dr Stabby Defends Plan To Triple Rent On HUD Housing: “We Are Giving Poor People A Way Out Of Poverty”

Fox News reports: Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is firing back at critics who claim his proposal to reform federal government housing subsidies is an “example of the Trump administration’s war on poor people,” as one congressional Democrat put it. “I would say it’s just the opposite,” Carson said in a phone interview this week with Fox News. …

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Hannity’s Real Estate Dealer Was Imprisoned For Fraud

The Guardian reports: Sean Hannity’s real estate venture bought houses through a property dealer who was involved in a criminal conspiracy to fraudulently obtain foreclosed homes, according to records reviewed by the Guardian. In 2012, a shell company linked to the Fox News host bought 11 homes in Georgia that had been purchased by the dealer, Jeff Brock, following foreclosures. …

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Sean Hannity Erupts Over HUD Loans Revelation: I’m Putting My Money To Work In Struggling Communities

Last night the Guardian reported that Sean Hannity created multiple shell companies to invest millions in low income housing via an Obama-era loan program now overseen by HUD Secretary Ben Carson. Hannity never disclosed the deals when Carson appeared on his show. This afternoon Hannity has issued a furious reaction. It is ironic that I am being attacked for investing …

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REVEALED: Sean Hannity Bought Millions In Real Estate Through HUD Loan Program Overseen By Ben Carson

The Guardian reports: When Sean Hannity was named in court this week as a client of Donald Trump’s embattled legal fixer Michael Cohen, the Fox News host insisted their discussions had been limited to the subject of buying property. “I’ve said many times on my radio show: I hate the stock market, I prefer real estate. Michael knows real estate,” …

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Of Course Dr. Stabby Lied About That $31K Dining Set

CNN reports: Newly released emails cast doubt on claims by Secretary Ben Carson and his spokesman that he had little or no involvement in the purchase of a $31,000 furniture set for his Department of Housing and Urban Development dining room. Emails show Carson and his wife selected the furniture themselves. An August email from a career administration staffer, with …

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HUD Drops Anti-Discrimination Mission Statement

The Huffington Post reports: Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is changing the mission statement of his agency, removing promises of inclusive and discrimination-free communities. In a March 5 memo addressed to HUD political staff, Amy Thompson, the department’s assistant secretary for public affairs, explained that the statement is being updated “in an effort to align HUD’s mission with …

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People For The American Way Sues DOJ And HUD For Release Of Documents On Changes In LGBT Policies

Miranda Blue reports at Right Wing Watch: People For the American Way, the organization that runs Right Wing Watch, filed suit against the Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development today to demand the release of documents concerning reported changes in federal policy toward LGBTQ people. Right Wing Watch had filed Freedom of Information Act requests …

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Dr. Stabby Cancels Order For $31K Dining Set

Talking Points Memo reports: A spokesperson for the Department of Housing and Urban Development told TPM Thursday that Secretary Ben Carson had ordered the agency to rescind an order for $31,561 worth of dining room furniture. “At the request of the Secretary, the agency is working to rescind the order for the dining room set,” HUD spokesperson Raffi Williams told …

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HUD Official: I Was Demoted After Refusing To Break Law With Costly Redecoration Of Dr. Stabby’s Office

The Guardian reports: A senior career official in the US Department of Housing and Urban Development has alleged that she was demoted and replaced with a Donald Trump appointee after refusing to break the law by funding an expensive redecoration of Ben Carson’s office. Helen Foster said she was told “$5,000 will not even buy a decent chair” after informing …

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Trump Appointee Calls Reporter April Ryan “Miss Piggy”

The New York Daily News reports: An event planner who landed a job in the Trump administration apologized Wednesday for calling a White House correspondent “Miss Piggy” during a Twitter spat. Lynne Patton, who heads a regional Housing and Urban Development office overseeing New York and New Jersey, called April Ryan of the American Urban Radio Networks “Miss Piggy” in …

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