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My son almost died in HUD funded Housing

Dear Mr. Donovan: Below is a letter I wrote to Ron Sims, whom I am acquainted with because of my social justice activism in seattle for many years. I am not one to write letters and go thru bureaucratic red tape when I have direct connections to the people who have the power, especially when it comes to the life of my son. I have been talking about this issue on facebook and twitter for weeks, so it's only a matter ...more »

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HUD RESIDENT INITIATIVES AT CABINET LEVEL

HUD must have resident initiatives at the cabinet level in order for these initiatives to reach residents of public housing. You put out tremendous amounts of money that your housing authorities(HA)oversee and divy up the way they want to and it never filters down to the residents. It never will, not unless the residents are allowed a seat at HUD's table. HA's compete with the Resident Leadership (RL) for the same ...more »

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The Benefit Of Community Improvement For All

In the past it was very hard to get information from HUD, through the internet or any other source. Thanks to the Working Group that focuses on transparency, accountability, participation, and collaboration within the Federal Government information is easier to access. However, many people have expressed their concern because of the high rate of homelessness, I am most concerned about HUD's support for people with disability, ...more »

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Segment Of Homelessness That the Government Does Not Care About

Deutsche Bank promised to let me allow me to buy the house I lived in where the owner went into foreclosure, they sent me to Litton Loan Servicing, who has put a value on the house of $400,000 (I guess this was deter me fron receiving the property). Who cares that I put all the renovation work into the property, it still needs works and it does not even have a heater. My whole family is disabled accept for my daughter ...more »

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Using 401k to fund first time home purchase

Please consider allowing a first time homebuyer to use part of his/her 401k to purchase a primary first home without incurring penalties. This can be as simple as allowing only FHA loans, with income limits and keeping mortgage brokers from adding excess penalties and fees and stopping the owner from getting HELOC or a second mortgage unless the house is payed off or is required to fix a major problem with the home (Roof, ...more »

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Integrate Principles of Sustainable Development

Many housing developments (public or otherwise) are built with no consideration of the long-term impact of the development on it's surroundings. Each new HUD development should conform to sustainability practices and reduce its footprint by encouraging greater integration to population centers, pedestrian accessibility, and close proximity to mass transit. It is essential that as we build, we build with the future in ...more »

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what happen to me

hi my name is Paul I am a local 188 glaizer..recenty in the past week i return for jail....on a dwi 3rd degree. i spent 15 day for that investgation' and return back the locks were changed.. the person that was living there..said on feb the 11th the roomate..lock me out even though the policer officer told he can't do that.. i had a voicemail that another person saw him thke the bag.. to the other person home i have that ...more »

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HUD data

Can you post a longitudinal study showing that HUD programs are effective in moving your clients up in income and education with succeeding generations?

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Work with DoT on light-rail to expand access to affordable areas

Rapid transit such as light-rail makes living farther outside of a city practical by allowing those living farther away to still commute to the city for work using affordable transportation. Work with the DoT and state governments on high-speed and light-rail, to identify routes that provide access to more affordable housing areas. If HUD has detailed geographic data on the cost of housing and DoT has GIS data on planned ...more »

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Loan Modifications

Why can't the loan modifications from banks include a reduction in principle. I thought this was implemented, but have not heard of it taking place. As long as we cap it at no less than 25% of the original home value. Does it not make more sense for a bank to make this arrangment with the existing home owner instead of short saling it or letting it go into foreclosure. The bank will surely see less than 25% of the ...more »

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Hire jobless construction workers for urban renewal

Construction and related industries have been hit hardest by the recession. Cities are suffering from crumbling infrastructure, and urban decay. Why not bring the two together with a massive HUD jobs program? The cheapest way to fix and improve infrastructure is to hire from the building industries. This is the perfect win-win: skilled laborers get lower-paying but steady work, and the cities are rebuilt and renewed ...more »

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Live Webcast of HUD property conditions

HUD-funded projects should be required to install security cameras in public areas and make them viewable by the public. In particular properties with a history of crime, drug dealing, gang activity and violence should be required to record activities on their properties for the public record, and make recordings available for legal proceedings. In the absence of security cameras HUD officials should be relocated ...more »

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