Lawsuit Challenges HUD’s Rollback Of Key Fair Housing Rule

A coalition of fair housing advocates has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development over the recent reversal of long-standing fair housing protections. 

The suit challenges HUD’s new disparate impact rule, which would make it more difficult for victims of discrimination to fight against systemic racism and discriminatory policies by housing providers, financial institutions and insurance companies that deprive people of the opportunities and services they need. 

The Trump administration rewrote the 2013 disparate impact rule adopted by the Obama administration, which included the standard approach to claims using this civil rights enforcement tool. 

Fair housing advocates say the rule has been in place for almost 50 years to tackle structural barriers that unfairly lock people out of the housing and lending opportunities they deserve.

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HUD Grants to Aid Families With Housing Counseling

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that more than $12.5 million in grant funds will directly support quality housing counseling services.

The grants, which were awarded earlier this week, will go to 219 local housing counseling agencies and national and regional organizations as well as state housing finance agencies (SHFAs) who have been approved by HUD. These entities all competed for HUD’s FY 2020 Supplemental Comprehensive Housing Counseling Grant Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) or HUD’s FY 2019/2020 Comprehensive Housing Counseling NOFA. 

The counseling agencies aim to help Americans trying to get back on track from the economic challenges caused by COVID-19.

“Our hope is that those affected by the pandemic who need housing help will reach out to qualified housing counseling professionals to help them understand what their options are,” Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner Dana Wade said in the announcement.

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$12.5 Million in HUD Grants Aid Families with Housing Counseling

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that more than $12.5 million in grant funds will directly support quality housing counseling services.

The grants, which were awarded earlier this week, will go to 219 local housing counseling agencies and national and regional organizations as well as state housing finance agencies (SHFAs) who have been approved by HUD. These entities all competed for HUD’s FY 2020 Supplemental Comprehensive Housing Counseling Grant Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) or HUD’s FY 2019/2020 Comprehensive Housing Counseling NOFA. 

The counseling agencies aim to help Americans trying to get back on track from the economic challenges caused by COVID-19.

“Our hope is that those affected by the pandemic who need housing help will reach out to qualified housing counseling professionals to help them understand what their options are,” Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner Dana Wade said in the announcement.

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HUD Grants Fund Housing Counseling and Foreclosure Avoidance Services

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that more than $12.5 million in grant funds will directly support quality housing counseling services.

The grants, which were awarded earlier this week, will go to 219 local housing counseling agencies and national and regional organizations as well as state housing finance agencies (SHFAs) who have been approved by HUD. These entities all competed for HUD’s FY 2020 Supplemental Comprehensive Housing Counseling Grant Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) or HUD’s FY 2019/2020 Comprehensive Housing Counseling NOFA. 

The counseling agencies aim to help Americans trying to get back on track from the economic challenges caused by COVID-19.

“Our hope is that those affected by the pandemic who need housing help will reach out to qualified housing counseling professionals to help them understand what their options are,” Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner Dana Wade said in the announcement.

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Goldman to pay $3 billion to settle 1MDB charges; HUD rule challenged

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Barclays rebounds

Barclays reported third quarter earnings of £611 million, or $799 million, “after losing £292 million in the same period last year, when it took a one-off charge. CEO Jes Staley sounded a cautiously optimistic note about the U.K. bank’s prospects of rebounding from the coronavirus pandemic,” the Wall Street Journal reported.

The bank “reported a big drop in provisions for bad loans in the third quarter as the initial economic shock from coronavirus subsided, while revenue at its trading arm continued to surge in turbulent markets, driving better than expected profits,” the Financial Times said. “The U.K. bank took £608 million of credit impairment charges in the three months. Although that was about a third higher than the same period last year, it was well below the £3.7 billion set aside in the first half of 2020 and less than the £1 billion that

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Sec. Ben Carson: Under Trump administration, HUD has partnered in Harris County to lift people out of need

Yolanda, a veteran and single mother, was struggling to support her family. After connecting with the Gulf Coast Envision Center operated by Adaptive Construction Solutions, Yolanda was placed into a full-time job as a crane and rigging apprentice.

EnVision Centers have a simple goal in mind: to provide individuals in underserved communities with the tools they need to reach their highest potentials. They are centralized hubs that provide one-stop shopping for Houstonians for job training, education resources, social services and more. The Gulf Coast EnVision Center will join an existing center at the Haverstock Hills apartment complex, and both are proof that this important vision is already coming to life.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s designation of an EnVision Center at this state-of-the-art facility confirms and strengthens our partnership with Houston, Harris County and the surrounding community to improve its residents’ lives. EnVision Centers take a holistic

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HUD Secy Ben Carson pitches new homelessness strategy

Transient camps like those under I-35 in downtown Austin are a common sight and have increased across town since the city council repealed the camping ban ordinance last June.

On Wednesday during a panel discussion with HUD Secretary Ben Carson, that approach to homelessness was held up as a failed strategy.

“Some people think compassion is, there, there you poor little thing I’m going to take care of you, that’s not compassion. Compassion is how do I get this person to realize their potential,” said Secretary Carson.

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General Iron Chicago move at center of HUD investigation into city’s alleged racist zoning policies

The federal government is investigating a complaint that Chicago zoning policies are racist.

General Iron Chicago move at center of HUD investigation into city’s alleged racist zoning policies

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The complaint focuses on the scrap shredder General Iron. The operation plans to move from largely white Lincoln Park to a Latino-majority neighborhood on the Southeast Side.

General Iron has been cited several times for pollution. Activists say the city violated federal law by allowing the company to move.

The groups who filed the complaint include the Southeast Environmental Task Force, Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Petcoke and People for Community Recovery. Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Alderman Susan Sadlowski-Garza, Alderman Brian Hopkins and the Chicago City Council are named in the complaint.

RELATED: Illinois EPA approves General Iron construction permit for Chicago’s Southeast Side

“Every year that we wait to address environmental racism in Chicago, is another

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Watch now: Bloomington gets $2.3 million grant to remove lead in homes | Politics

Renner told a story about the time he heard from a constituent whose child tested dangerously high during a blood test for lead and hazardous materials. 

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“This is a big deal,” Renner said to The Pantagraph after the press conference Wednesday. “This will help our families here in Bloomington.”

City Planner Katie Simpson said they already have a plan for how the funds could be distributed, which includes training for contractors, testing the units, remediation, advertising and education. 

There is also money in the grant allotted for relocation. Families can be relocated while the city conducts the lead abatements.

Jennifer Toney, the city’s grant coordinator, said families can apply to have their homes tested. Homeowners can also self-refer into the program. Toney said the program is income-based, meaning they would have to be at 80% or below of the area

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HUD awards nearly $867,000 in housing counseling grants across Michigan.

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded more than $12.5 million in supplemental housing counseling grants, including nearly $867,000 throughout Michigan.

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority in Lansing received $211,291 of that amount.

These supplemental grants will support quality housing counseling services, including the foreclosure avoidance and rental counseling services used by many families as they work to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 “This funding comes at exactly the right time to support the nation’s homeowners and renters who are struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and who can benefit from the assistance of a housing counselor to remain in their homes,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson.  

 HUD-approved housing counseling agencies provide services to address a full range of housing counseling needs. This includes assisting homebuyers in evaluating their readiness for a home purchase and navigating through the homebuying process.

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