Tag Archives: HUD

HUD Restores Hurricane Relief For Puerto Rico

NBC News reports: Under Trump, HUD had previously approved a total of $20 billion for the island’s reconstruction, a historic amount. But the agency stalled the release of the aid in 2019 and imposed additional restrictions and requirements last year on how Puerto Rico could gain access to the funds, citing corruption and financial mismanagement concerns. “Puerto Rico needs to …

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HUD To Reinstate Fair Housing Rules Gutted By Trump

The Washington Post reports: Housing Secretary Marcia L. Fudge on Tuesday moved to reinstate fair housing regulations that had been gutted under President Donald Trump, in one of the most tangible steps that the Biden administration has taken to address systemic racism. The effort comes less than three months after Biden signed executive orders aimed at increasing racial equity across …

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Marcia Fudge Confirmed As HUD Sec In 66-34 Vote

Spectrum News reports: The Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the first Black woman to lead the department in decades. The final vote was 66-34. Notable GOP support included Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, who announced this week he is not seeking reelection, Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, …

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HUD To Move Against LGBTQ Housing Discrimination

The Hill reports: The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced Thursday that it will use the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender. The federal agency announced in a memorandum that it will invoke the sweeping 1968 housing law to penalize those who refuse to rent, sell or advertise housing to …

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Biden Taps Rep. Marcia Fudge At Housing Secretary

Politico reports: President-elect Joe Biden has selected Rep. Marcia Fudge to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to two people with knowledge of the decision. The next HUD secretary will take over amid an acute housing crisis, as millions of tenants walloped by the pandemic-driven economic crisis face eviction and massive back-rent bills. The Biden administration is …

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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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