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.

HUD Announces Sustainable Communities Award for Colorado

DENVER – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Regional Administrator Rick M. Garcia, joined by U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, U.S. Representative Ed Perlmutter, U. S. Representative Diana DeGette, Governor John Hickenlooper, Regional Mayors, County Commissioners and City Council Members today announced the Colorado recipients of the 2011 Sustainable Communities Grants, totaling $4.5 million. The funding will impact nine counties and promote job creation in the Denver metro region.

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION RELEASES FEBRUARY HOUSING SCORECARD

WASHINGTON- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury today released the February edition of the Obama Administration’s Housing Scorecard – a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. Data continues to show signs that the housing market is strengthening, although the recovery remains fragile. The supply of new and existing homes on the market continued to decline last month. However, home prices dipped again as seasonal lows continued for the fourth month in a row. The continued fragility of the housing market underscores the need for recently-announced expansions of assistance to help prevent foreclosures and strengthen hard hit communities. The full Housing Scorecard is available online at www.hud.gov/scorecard.

HUD MAKES $5 MILLION AVAILABLE TO HELP COMMUNITIES BEGIN ‘GRASSROOTS’ PLAN FOR HOUSING, COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced $5 million is being made available in Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grantsto help communities begin the comprehensive neighborhood planning process to transform, rehabilitate and preserve public housing and privately-owned HUD-assisted housing. Read HUD’s FY 2011 Choice Neighborhoods Notice of Funding Availability.