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Mayor McMillan representing Clarksville at the United States Conference of Mayors

 

Clarksville, TN – Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan is attending the United States Conference of Mayors’ winter meeting Wednesday through Friday in Washington, D.C.

The mayor learned on Saturday that President Obama plans to meet with the more than 250 mayors from across the country on Friday at the White House.

“I’m happy to be a part of the conference, and I look forward to learning as much as I can while I’m in Washington,” McMillan said. «Read the rest of this article»

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HUD offers $79 million in grants for housing counseling

 

Funding to help hundreds of thousands avoid foreclosure or make informed home purchases

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced that $79 million is available for a broad range of housing counseling programs to help families find and preserve housing. The available funding is an increase of $21 million, or 27 percent, over last year.

These grants will be awarded competitively to hundreds of HUD-approved counseling agencies and State Housing Finance Agencies across the nation that offer a variety of services including how to avoid foreclosure, how to avoid mortgage scams, how to purchase or rent a home, how to improve credit scores, and how to qualify for a reverse mortgage.

“The counseling programs this funding will support are crucial in helping thousands of families avoid foreclosure and remain in their homes,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “Every day, our HUD-approved counseling organizations help families to make more informed choices about buying or renting.” «Read the rest of this article»

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HUD and VA launch $15 million demonstration program to prevent Veteran Homelessness

 

New effort to benefit homeless prevention programs near five military bases

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)Washington, D.C. — In an effort to prevent homelessness among veterans, primarily those returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that both agencies will invest a combined $15 million in five selected communities near military installations. The HUD and VA grant funding is intended to provide housing assistance and supportive services to veterans who might otherwise be living in homeless shelters or on the streets.

Under the new Veterans Homelessness Prevention Demonstration Program (VHPD), existing HUD grantees or ‘Continuums of Care’ located near the following military installations will each receive $2 million: MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida; Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California; Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas; Fort Drum in Watertown, New York; and Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington. In addition, VA medical centers in the following areas will each receive $1 million: Tampa, San Diego, Dallas, Syracuse, New York; and American Lake in Washington. «Read the rest of this article»

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HUD to investigate mortgage lenders who discriminate againest expectant mothers and new parents

 

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that it will launch multiple investigations into the lending practices of certain mortgage lenders to determine if they illegally denied families mortgages because the mother is pregnant or a family member is experiencing a short-term disability. The action follows a report published this week in the New York Times outlining the lending practices of some lenders which might possibly violate the Fair Housing Act.

“Denying a mortgage to people just because they’re having a baby is flat wrong,” said Vice President Biden, Chair of the White House Task Force on Middle Class Families. “Mothers on maternity leave have jobs, they have income, and they shouldn’t have to lose their deal to close on a house because they had a baby. I applaud HUD for taking action on this practice that could potentially affect untold numbers of families.” «Read the rest of this article»

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HUD awards over $63 Million to Public Housing Authorities in Tennessee

 

Money to be used to improve and preserve Public Housing across the State

Nashville, TN – U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded $63,882,077 to public housing authorities in Tennessee. The funds will allow these agencies to make major capital improvements to their public housing units. This funding is part of $2.3 billion HUD awarded today to 3,131 agencies across the U.S, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. To view the full list of grantees, visit HUD’s website.

“Housing authorities will add this funding to the $4 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 they received last year to continue addressing long-standing capital improvements that public housing communities need,” said Ed Jennings, Jr., Southeast Regional Administrator, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “This funding will also stimulate the economy and create jobs in these communities.” «Read the rest of this article»

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HUD to help nearly 1,300 Homeless Veterans find Permanent Homes

 

Additional $7.5 million allows HUD to help total of 9,000 homeless vets

Washington, DC – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today $7.5 million in additional funding to allow local housing agencies to provide a permanent home for 1,255 homeless veterans. The funding is provided through a second round of grants under HUD’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH) program.

Working closely with local Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers, local public housing agencies will target these grants specifically to homeless veterans in their area. Earlier this month, HUD announced $58.6 million in HUD-VASH grants to provide 7,500 vouchers for homeless veterans. For a local breakdown of the vouchers announced today, visit HUD’s website. «Read the rest of this article»

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HUD tells Grant Applicants: Don’t discriminate based on legal ‘SOURCES OF INCOME’ or risk funding

 

New requirement part of broader civil rights protections

Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will begin requiring applicants seeking grant funding to comply with state and local laws that protect individuals from being denied housing based on their lawful source of income. This funding requirement is part of a broader effort by HUD to make certain grant applicants meet state and local anti-discrimination laws, including those prohibiting housing discrimination based on a person’s income, such as Section 8 Rental Assistance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or earnings from seasonal employment.

This week, HUD published a general funding notice detailing the minimum requirements that will apply to all of the Department’s competitively awarded grant programs for Fiscal Year 2010. For the first time, HUD will now require applicants to comply with state and local anti-discrimination laws that prohibit housing discrimination against persons based on their ‘lawful source of income.’ «Read the rest of this article»

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HUD to provide permanent housing to nearly 165 Homeless Veterans in Tennessee

 

$842,998 HUD-VASH program to provide rental housing and support services

Nashville, TN – U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today that nearly 165 homeless veterans in Tennessee will get permanent housing assistance through a HUD rental assistance program that connects homeless veterans from local Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMC) with rental assistance vouchers provided by local public housing agencies. HUD’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH) will provide Tennessee public housing agencies with $842,998 in funding specifically targeted to assist homeless veterans in their area.

For a local breakdown of the rental vouchers announced today, visit: HUD VASH or see below.

“Though they served and sacrificed so much for our country, too many of our veterans find themselves on the streets and in homeless shelters,” said Donovan. “Thankfully, these vouchers will provide a more permanent solution to housing and services these veterans need.” «Read the rest of this article»

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HUD secretary Donovan issues statement on HUD effort to transform rental assistance

 

Washington, DC – Today U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services on The Preservation, Enhancement and Transformation of Rental Assistance Act (PETRA). The multi-year initiative proposed in President Obama’s FY2011 Budget seeks to preserve HUD-funded public and assisted housing, enhance housing choice for residents and streamline the department’s rental assistance programs. «Read the rest of this article»

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HUD awards more than $600 Million in Recovery Act grants to support community development and job growth

 

Tennessee to receive over $13.2 million; Clarksville $215,046

hudWashington – In the Obama Administration’s continued effort to stimulate community development and job growth, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded $620 million to over 500 communities across the country through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). To view the list the full list of grantees receiving funding under this program, visit HUD’s Recovery Act website. Tennessee will receive over $13 million (see attached list).

The Recovery Act made available a total of $1 billion through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. On July 16th, HUD announced the first round of grants under this program to nearly 700 communities, totaling $360 million. With today’s announcement, all $1 billion are now in the hands of communities, working to create jobs and revitalize neighborhoods.

“Today, I am proud to announce that HUD has moved quickly to obligate more than $10 billion in Recovery Act funds,” said Donovan. “Nearly three quarters of our Recovery Act funds are now available to communities across the country and are being put to work creating jobs, making homes more energy efficient, and strengthening neighborhoods.” «Read the rest of this article»

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