HUD LAUNCHES ‘KNOW IT. AVOID IT. REPORT IT.’ MORTGAGE SCAM PREVENTION CONSUMER AWARENESS CAMPAIGN IN ATLANTA

ATLANTA – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced the second phase of the Know It. Avoid It. Report It. consumer awareness campaign in Atlanta. The campaign, launched during National Consumer Protection Week, March 4 – 10, is designed to educate consumers on loan modification and foreclosure scams and encourage them to take action.

HUD SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON RENTAL ASSISTANCE DEMONSTRATION

WASHINGTON – Before implementing a new comprehensive tool to preserve public housing and other federally assisted housing, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is seeking public comment beginning today on the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD). See Federal Register Notice. In addition to the Federal Register notice, HUD has posted guidance – PIH Notice 2012-18 (HA) – with proposed details for RAD’s implementation.

HUD DISCRIMINATION CHARGE AGAINST PENNSYLVANIA LANDLORD RESULTS IN $15,000 SETTLEMENT

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that the owner of Breckenridge Plaza Apartment complex in Phoenixville, PA, has agreed to pay $15,000 as part of a consent decree in federal district court to settle claims that the development’s on-site manager, Morris Zelikovsky, discriminated against families with children. In August 2011, HUD charged the owner and manager of Breckenridge with charging families higher rent when they have children and indicating a preference against families with children.

HUD KICKS OFF SERIES OF CONSULTATIONS WITH NATIVE AMERICAN LEADERS

WASHINGTON–Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) kicked off a series of consultations with tribal leaders in preparation for HUD’s forthcoming study on the chronic housing needs in Indian Country, “Assessment of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs.” During these consultations, tribal leaders will have an opportunity to comment on the scope and design of the pending study. HUD will hold six regional meetings and two national meetings, the first of which in Washington, DC.

HUD Announces Sustainable Communities Award for Montana

HELENA – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Director for the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities Shelley Poticha, joined by Opportunity Link Executive Director Barbara Stiffarm, Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation officials, congressional office staff, and partners throughout north-central Montana, announced today a $1.5 million Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant award.