HUD AWARDS MORE THAN $40 MILLION IN GRANTS TO COMBAT HOUSING DISCRIMINATION

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded nearly $41.18 million to 99 fair housing organizations and other non-profit agencies in 35 states and the District of Columbia to assist people who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination (see attached list of grantees). Read a complete project-by-project summary of the programs awarded grants today.

OHUD AWARDS OVER $2.5 MILLION IN GRANTS TO REDUCE HEALTH AND SAFETY HAZARDS IN HOUSING

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $2.58 million in grants to four projects intended to protect children and families from health hazards in their homes. The awards will be made to academic and non-profit institutions that advance the recognition and control of residential health and safety hazards to improve our understanding of the link between housing and health. Read a complete project-by-project summary of the programs awarded grants today.

HUD LAUNCHES OVERHAUL OF CONSOLIDATED PLANNING PROCESS

WASHINGTON – It used to be that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development would require more than 1,200 cities, counties and states to undergo a paper-based, time-intensive and costly planning process as a condition of receiving billions of dollars in federal funding. No more. Today, HUD is launching the eCon Planning Suite, a set of 21st Century data and technology tools to help communities ensure that scarce federal dollars are targeted to where they are needed most and can achieve the biggest impact.

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION RELEASES APRIL HOUSING SCORECARD

WASHINGTON- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury today released the April edition of the Obama Administration’s Housing Scorecard – a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. Data in the April Housing Scorecard show some promising signs of stability, though the overall outlook remains mixed. Mortgage delinquencies have declined for four consecutive months and remain substantially below year ago levels, while sales of existing homes in the first quarter were 5.3 percent higher than one year ago. Data on home prices were soft in many mortgage markets, though adjusting for the traditionally slow winter months reveals the first uptick in prices since April 2011. The full report is available online at www.hud.gov/scorecard.

HUD AND OBAMA ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS HOST GEORGIA WHITE HOUSE FORUM ON HOUSING

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hosted a White House Forum on Housing to discuss programs and initiatives promoted by the Obama Administration that help responsible homeowners and struggling communities hit hardest by the housing crisis. The White House Housing Forum convened Georgia housing officials, regional and local leaders, housing and development alliances and community advocates in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building this afternoon for the discussion.