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HPD ANNOUNCES THE AWARD OF $14.5 MILLION IN TAX CREDITS TO CREATE NEARLY 800...

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer today announced the allocation of $14.5 million in housing credits for nine affordable housing developments in Brooklyn and the Bronx, creatin...

Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Sees Continued Drop in Policy Count & Changes in...

The eleventh round of depopulation is underway for the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Citizens) and Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon points to the program’s ongoing success as a sign of the strength of the Louisiana homeowners insurance market

U.S. Attorney’s Office Charges Suburban Mortgage Brokers with Fraud for Allegedly Controlling Property Appraisals...

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago has charged two suburban mortgage brokers with fraudulently operating a purportedly independent appraisal management company to control property valuations, and brokering fraudulent loans to finance real estate transactions between themselves and nominees.

REP LIEU STATEMENT ON LACK OF RESPONSE FROM JARED KUSHNER ON QUESTIONS ABOUT NEW...

Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner failed to respond to a letter from Rep. Lieu and 12 Members of Congress about whether he has leveraged his position to acquire ...

Atlanta REALTORS® Releases November 2017 Statistics on Housing Market

Atlanta REALTORS® (ARA), the largest association of its kind in Georgia, released its November 2017 Market Brief on residential housing statistics for 11 area counties in metropolitan Atlanta. The Market Brief, compiled by First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS), provides the only regionally-focused synopsis of monthly sales and home prices for single family residential properties.

House Passes McCaul’s Landmark Cybersecurity Legislation

The House unanimously passed H.R. 3359, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017. This watershed legislation will streamline the current structure of the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) and re-designate it as...

Governor Cuomo Announces $11.4 Million for Supportive Housing for Older Adults, Youth and Families

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than $11.4 million in state funding has been awarded to two supportive housing projects in Oneida County and one in Brooklyn. These three projects will create 103 units of emergency and permanent housing fo...

HOUSING 2.0: MAYOR DE BLASIO LIFTS AFFORDABLE HOMEOWNERSHIP

Mayor Bill de Blasio detailed two new programs that will help New Yorkers achieve and maintain the American Dream – owning their own home. Open Door aids first-time homeowners buy a condo or coop, and HomeFix helps New Yorkers make capital improvements to their homes. These two programs will reach at least 2,100 households in eight years.

NEW TOOL TO COMBAT HOMELESSNESS: MAYOR DE BLASIO MOVES TO CONVERT CLUSTER BUILDINGS INTO...

Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced that the City will help not-for-profit developers acquire and rehab residential “cluster site” buildings, currently used to house homeless families, and convert them into permanent affordable housing in a historic move to address the homelessness crisis in New York City. If negotiations to buy cluster site buildings are not successful, the City will use eminent domain to acquire them

Free Repair Advice Available in Chambers and Galveston Counties

As Texans repair or rebuild their homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey and subsequent flooding, FEMA and home-improvement stores in Chambers and Galveston counties are teaming up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger an...

EPA requires Granite Rock to control stormwater runoff, improve oil spill prevention at California...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with Granite Rock Company over Clean Water Act violations at three of its road materials manufacturing and recycling facilities in Northern California. The agreement requires the company...

zavvie Reveals Colorado’s Hottest Neighborhoods with ‘Hot Hoodz’

What are Colorado’s hottest neighborhoods? Denver’s West Colfax and Chaffee Park are on the list, as are Old Town in Windsor, Downtown in Colorado Springs, and Keewaydin in Boulder. That’s according to December’s “Hot Hoodz,” released by zavvie, a national HyperLocal and social media real estate marketing startup based in Boulder

CHAIRMAN RATCLIFFE PRAISES HOUSE PASSAGE OF NPPD REORGANIZATION BILL

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection, praised the House passage of legislation to reorganize the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) at DHS on...

Former Houston escrow officer sentenced to prison in title scam

Sandra Flores will begin serving a six year prison term this week for insurance fraud after a Texas Department of Insurance investigation found she had stolen $1 million from real estate transactions. She was sentenced earlier this week by a Harris Cou...

Brown Urges VA Secretary to Protect Funding For Homeless Veterans

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin urging him to fully reverse a plan to shift funding for VA programs that support homeless veterans. ...

SCHUMER: BUFFALO’S NORTHLAND CORRIDOR REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT IS AT RISK IF CONGRESS ELIMINATES HISTORIC TAX...

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today called on the National Park Service (NPS) to approve the Northland Corridor Redevelopment Project’s request for inclusion of a key property to the National Register of Historic Places. Schumer said the vital designation of the former Niagara Machine and Tool Works Factory would allow the project to become eligible for an estimated $16 million historic tax credit, and help spur economic development on the East Side of the City of Buffalo.

Former Head of Niagara Falls Housing Authority Pleads Guilty to Stealing Government Funds; Son...

U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Stephanie W. Cowart, 58, of Grand Island, NY, pleaded guilty to theft concerning programs receiving federal funds before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. In addition, Cowart’s son and daughter-in-law, Allen, 31, and Fredia, 28, both of Niagara Falls, NY, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of theft of government funds which carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine

Barrar Invites Residents to U.S. Route 322 Section 102 Construction Meeting

Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) encourages residents who would like more information about the U.S. Route 322 Section 102 construction projects to attend a public meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. at the Upper Chichester Township Field H...

Senators to Tax Budget Conferees: Remove Harmful Renewable Energy Provisions, Protect Clean Energy Blue-Collar...

As Republicans on the congressional tax scam conference committee try to finalize their partisan plan this week, Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) are demanding removal of renewable energy provisions from the final conference report that would devastate clean energy deployment and job growth.

Baker-Polito Administration Announces New Housing Choice Initiative

The Baker-Polito Administration announced a comprehensive new initiative to substantially increase housing production across the Commonwealth. The Administration’s Housing Choice Initiative creates a new system of incentives and rewards for municipalities that deliver sustainable housing growth; creates a new technical assistance toolbox, to empower cities and towns to plan for new housing production; and proposes legislative changes, through An Act to Promote Housing Choices, to deliver smart, effective zoning at the local level.

Pending Home Sales Jump in November as Prices Rise Again

The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR) reported today that single-family pending home sales rose over 12 percent this month from November of last year, with prices rising over four percent. Pending condominium sales were also up, rising more than two percent over last year, while prices increased slightly.

Senators to Tax Budget Conferees: Remove Harmful Renewable Energy Provisions, Protect Clean Energy Blue-Collar...

As Republicans on the congressional tax scam conference committee try to finalize their partisan plan this week, Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Jef...

South Cove, First New For-Sale Residential Development in Dana Point to Open in Decades

KTGY-designed seaside living offers three unique residential styles, many with rooftop decks and ocean views: townhomes, twin homes and single-level living flats in Orange County. International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased...

Olson Applauds House Action to Revitalize Brownfield Sites

Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today acted to help redevelop abandoned or contaminated properties and encourage economic development by voting for H.R. 3017, the Brownfields Enhancement, Economic Redevelopment, and Reauthorization Act. Brownfields are abandon...

Portman Announces Support for Legislation to Protect Children In Public Housing From Lead Exposure

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) today announced his support for the Lead-Safe Housing for Kids Act – legislation to protect children in affordable housing from lead poisoning. Lead poisoning disproportionally impacts minority children that live in federally subsidized housing. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) outdated lead standards and regulations place countless families with children at risk of lead poisoning.

Governor Wolf Announces Remediation and Assessment of Former Industrial Site

Governor Tom Wolf announced two new approvals through the Industrial Sites Reuse Program (ISRP) that will clean up a former industrial site in York County and assess the environmental condition of a former Northampton County site to prepare them for oc...

New York Department of State to Hold Public Hearing and Meeting of Real Estate...

The New York Department of State will hold a public meeting followed immediately by a public hearing on December 11 at 2:00 p.m, regarding the profession of real estate salespersons and brokers.  The meeting will take place at the following office locations: 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, 276 Waring Road, Rochester; and, 123 William Street, New York City. 

HOMELESSNESS DECLINES IN MOST COMMUNITIES OF THE U.S. WITH INCREASES REPORTED IN HIGH-COST AREAS

Homelessness crept up in the U.S., especially among individuals with long-term disabling conditions according to the latest national estimate by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD’s 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found that 553,742 persons experienced homelessness on a single night in 2017, an increase of .7 percent since last year. Homelessness among families with children declined 5.4

City Activates Freeze Plan for Homeless

The City is activating its Citywide Freeze Plan (CFP) beginning overnight tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, and ending Saturday morning, Dec. 9, 2017, as the National Weather Service forecasts the temperature or wind chill to fall below the plan’s activation threshold of 35 degrees. The City's freeze plan will be in effect to provide temporary shelter for homeless residents

Congresswoman Lawrence Statement on Bills to Combat Human Trafficking

Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) released the following statement after the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved of two bills to combat human trafficking on our nation’s highways. “As the Vice Chair of the Congressional Bipartisan Caucus for Women’s Issues

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Jessica Musick Becomes Shareholder of KTGY Architecture + Planning

International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce the addition of Jessica Musick as a shareholder. Musick, formerly an associate principal with KTGY, was also named a principal. Based in the firm’s Oakland, California office, Musick joins other KTGY Oakland shareholders: Jill D. Williams, AIA, principal and chairman of the board; and Bill Ramsey, AIA, NCARB, principal