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Other OpenGov Ideas & Information Resources

Rather than post each of my "OpenGov" Ideas at 27 different websites, I have posted them at the GSA's website (since they are in the forefront of the OpenGov initiative). So, by this notice, the members of the OpenGov Team for this agency have been informed of those ideas. (At least, now, you can't say you were unaware of them.) http://opengsa.ideascale.com/a/pmd/29640-6960 ALSO -- Those OpenGov Team members, ...more »

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Engage Ameri-corp, Habitat 4 Humanity & others

Hud's mission statement has a great opportunity to be put into action, if only you would actively engage the service learning/volunteer community,a community that has in this decade grown leaps and bounds, especially with the youth of America. Engage people in service and inspire congress to provide them with a stipend and debt relief from their student loans. If Habitat for Humanity can "build" houses for low income ...more »

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Landlords should be subject to background checks (section 8)

I have become increasingly disturbed about the lack of accountability and responsibility required by HUD from the landlords who participate in the Section 8 program. Their level of accountability and active participation in the program needs to be increased exponentially to match those of the participants. Including but not limited to, background checks, filling out annual reports, periodic surveys,and an annual face ...more »

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True healthcare reform must link HEALTH with HOUSING

TELL PRESIDENT OBAMA IF HE TRANSFORMS AND ELEVATES LOW INCOME HOUSING STANDARDS, HE WILL TRANSFORM HEALTH CARE AT A DEEPER AND EVEN MORE SIGNIFICANT LEVEL, SAVE TAXPAYER MONEY, AND BRING DOWN THE DEFICIT EVEN LOWER THAN WHAT THE CBO PROJECTED! Below I have provided a link to a recent article in the L.A Times, that goes into great depth about how substandard housing for low income families contributes to the health ...more »

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New Technology to help with Transparency

Application of New Information Technology to the Transparency Objective of the Open Government Directive While the Open Government Directive offers an unprecedented challenge to Federal Agencies, information technology is now available to assist Agencies in achieving the Transparency objective of the Directive in a rapid, cost-effective manner. Throughout the Directive, the need to proactively provide easy to use, ...more »

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Place public documents online and citable to a paragraph level

WHAT Urge governments to publish granular permalinks for all documents on their websites. WHY * Enable citizens to reliably cite government websites on their personal blogs, on public sites like Wikipedia, or elsewhere. * Provide unique identifiers that enable aggregation of citations. * Make the civic discourse surrounding government websites more discoverable. HOW * An easy-to-deploy archival ...more »

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Place public documents online and citable to a paragraph level

WHAT Urge governments to publish granular permalinks for all documents on their websites. WHY * Enable citizens to reliably cite government websites on their personal blogs, on public sites like Wikipedia, or elsewhere. * Provide unique identifiers that enable aggregation of citations. * Make the civic discourse surrounding government websites more discoverable. HOW * An easy-to-deploy archival ...more »

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Homelessness & Vets

Ok, I tried to buy a condo in vegas and help no less than five vets in town each at different times. None of them had ever used their down assistance and all of them were in a bad mental state. None of them wanted to use the tax credit available. I tried also, although not a vet and realized that I couldn't afford the total cost of the condo. The price was just too much. Even for a poor area. So why is this the case. ...more »

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adopt the NFHA / MoveSmart.org Tech Recommendations

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 »

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Develop an OpenHUD Social Strategy

Disruptive Technologies: A Holistic, Pragmatic Approach New technologies are emerging at a faster pace than Agencies can swallow. The rate of obsolescence outpaces the pace of change. Despite the new technology flood, Agencies lack a strategy to on-board these disruptions. As a result, they often react, flounder, or simply ignore them. We can solve these problems in four major areas of practice: Leadership ...more »

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Accountability, Transparency, Collaboration

Many of the Local Agency have developed wonderful plans that outline services, some even outline specific goals and outcomes. I think it is important for the three tiers, federal, state and local to be on the same page. This means policies that not only support owners but also support tenants rights. A task force which consists of participants of the section 8 program should be developed on a state level and federal ...more »

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Improve tenant rights

I would like for HUD housing to really support the tenants rather than the money-grabbing landlords. Tenants should have a say in "house rules" rather than the landlord arbitrarily forcing rules that do not benefit the tenants. An advisory committee for HUD should be formed consisting of section 8 tenants that stipulate reasonable rules and regulations for housing. Section 8 tenants should be treated as people and have ...more »

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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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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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KOA Camping as an Alternative

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 »

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