The National Fair Housing Alliance and MoveSmart.org, in conjunction with the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance and based on the feedback of a wide number of fair housing organizations around the country, has put together a list of 10 technical recommendations for HUD in general and FHEO in particular. While some of these recommendations have been adopted in part since this list was first released in early January the ...more »
HUD should live webcast all meetings for proposed rule making and regulations where the public comment should take place. They should make these meetings available for on demand viewing and have the ability to have that content be indexed for video search. By doing this the public and stakeholders will be able to see the inner workings of the rule making process and make the content and proceedings transparent to the ...more »
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 »
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 »
Proposal to Build Homes For Low Income Families Green Homes Currently, the Family Self Sufficiency Program helps families save money and build good credit so they can eventually buy their own home. With the collapse of the economy I lost my job, I failed to graduate the program and now the credit I've been building is also destroyed because I can't pay my bills. Instead of leaving the building of homes to other programs, ...more »
I would like to see state laws/local county laws changed to allow all KOA campgrounds, and state run campgrounds to allow people to camp there indefinitely, instead of for two weeks to 28 days at a time. These are so many people without homes now, but who do have trailers or RVs. These are the only places that can accomodate them, and right now families and people without homes need all the help they can get.So why hamper ...more »
Dear sirs and madams,
The Family Self Sufficiency and Home Ownership programs I thought were an excellent idea.
I'd like to see those programs continue despite the economy right now. If anything, maybe we could add a new program for all those who've been laid off.
Thanks for all you do.
I think HUD should work to create collaboration networks with their key partners whether other state and local government agencies, non-profit entities, and business owners.
I think business.gov is a good model.
These can range from broad open communities to close-knit private communities.
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 »
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 »
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 »