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Land Banks Should Be Part of State Policy on Blight, Advocates Tell Legislators

Policy experts, non-profit developers and municipal leaders presented testimony today to members of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee on efforts to revitalize vacant and abandoned properties. Testifiers offered insight on the pos…

Attorney General’s Office Reaches Settlement with Florida Building Companies

More than 500 consumers will receive approximately $500,000 in restitution under a settlement agreement between Attorney General Pam Bondi and several Florida metal building companies. This week, the Attorney General’s Office reached an Assurance of …

AG Obtains $1.9 Million Judgment Against Lawrence Company Over Predatory Foreclosure Rescue and Legal Services

A Lawrence financial and legal services company and its owner have been ordered by a judge to pay more than $1.9 million for preying upon vulnerable consumers during the foreclosure crisis and engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, Attorney Gene…

GOV. SHUMLIN STATEMENT ON UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPPING TO LOWEST POINT IN 8 YEARS

Gov. Peter Shumlin issued the following statement after news that the unemployment rate in Vermont dropped to 3.9 percent, the lowest point since May 2007.

Atlanta Hosts Premier Downtown Revitalization Conference

The 30th National Main Streets Conference is coming to Atlanta Monday through Wednesday, attracting approximately 1,400 city planners, community revitalization professionals, volunteers and elected officials. The conference brings together a diverse na…

Metro Approves Mayor Garcetti’s Directive on Affordable Housing & Small Business

The Metro Board today approved Mayor and Metro Chair Eric Garcetti’s motion to launch a multi-million dollar transit-oriented affordable housing and business development fund.

Senators Schatz and Heinrich Introduce Legislation to Modernize Energy Infrastructure

U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced the PREPARE Act — Promoting Regional Energy Partnerships for Advancing Resilient Energy Systems Act — legislation that would help states modernize U.S. en…

Governor Malloy Announces Funds to Support Affordble Housing Throughout the State

Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Department of Housing (DOH) Commissioner and Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) Board Chairman Evonne M. Klein today announced investments of more than $60 million in funding for 14 affordable housing projects acros…

Rep. Ellison Introduces the Common Sense Housing Investment Act

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) reintroduced today the Common Sense Housing Investment Act (H.R. 1662) to make it easier for middle class and working families to find affordable rental housing and benefit from homeownership

Bennet Amendment Would Extend Renewable Energy Tax Credits

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet introduced an amendment to the Senate’s budget proposal that instructs Congress to extend expired and expiring tax credits for renewable energy. The tax credits should be extended for a reasonable period of time as …

Garamendi Introduces Bipartisan GPS Backup Bill to Safeguard National Security, Economy & Public Safety

Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), the Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, introduced the bipartisan National Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Re…

House Advances Fincher Bill to Protect Affordable Housing

Congressman Stephen Fincher (TN-08) released the following statement after the House Financial Services Committee passed the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act of 2015 (H.R. 650), important legislation to protect affordable housing:

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, LOWEY: FEDS COMMIT TO DELIVER $4.4 MILLION TO GRAND VIEW-ON-HUDSON TO REPLACE VILLAGE HALL, WHICH WAS SEVERELY DAMAGED BY HURRICANE SANDY

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey today announced $4,888,354 in federal funding for the Village of Grand View-on-Hudson. The funding will be allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agenc…

Udall, Heinrich Announce $833,700 Grant to Improve N.M. Affordable Housing Options

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that NeighborWorks America will award three New Mexico nonprofit affordable housing organizations with a total of $833,700 in grants funded through last December’s “omnibus” appropriations bill to f…

Mayor Murray announces goal of 20,000 affordable housing units

Mayor Ed Murray today directed the Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee to meet his new goal for both income-restricted affordable and market-rate units to be created over the coming decade

Jagler to Chair Housing and Real Estate Committee

This week the list of committee assignments for the State Assembly was released by Assembly Leadership. State Representative John Jagler (R-Watertown) will be serving as the chair of the Assembly Housing and Real Estate committee for the 2015-16 legis…

DCA Commissioner Tours Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Project in Newark

Million Dollar Grant Program Creates Opportunities for Nonprofit to Develop Sustainable Communities in Newark NEWARK, NJ – March 27, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Richard E. Co…

Dept. of Housing, Community Development Seeks Recommendations to Reduce Flooding and Protect Businesses in Brandon

Montpelier, VT – March 26, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Before the next big storm hits, Brandon businesses and residents are invited to attend a community forum to discuss ways the town can recover quickly from devastating floods and remain open fo…

Udall, Heinrich Announce $833,700 Grant to Improve N.M. Affordable Housing Options

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that NeighborWorks America will award three New Mexico nonprofit affordable housing organizations with a total of $833,700 in grants funded through last December’s “omnibus” appropriations bill to f…

Violations of Federal Law by Tacoma Steel Shop Put Community on Brink of Labor Dispute

Teamster warehouse workers, operators, and drivers at Northwest Steel and Pipe voted unanimously to strike last night.  The strike vote took place Tuesday evening outside the company’s facility in Tacoma