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FEBRUARY 18, 2016

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2016 Dorothy Richardson Award for Resident Leadership

2016 Dorothy Richardson Award for Resident Leadership

Nomination Information

Nominations due Feb. 26

Submissions and Questions:

About the Award


JANUARY 31, 2014

Training Proposals Now Being Accepted for National Conference

Training proposals are now being accepted for the Solutions 2014 National Conference on State and Local Housing Policy taking place in November in Oakland, California. Practitioners, advocates, policymakers and program administrators who would like to present at the conference are encouraged to submit proposals on their topic of interest and must do so by March 3, 2014. Proposals should fall into one of the following categories: restoring neighborhoods, inclusive communities, housing communications or housing intersections.

SOURCE: National Housing Conference


JANUARY 26, 2014

The Fifteen Healthiest Cities in America

After researching data on the overall fitness of residents as well as accessibility to health care in the 50 largest cities in the United States, the fifteen healthiest metropolitan areas have been identified by NerdWallet. To determine fitness levels, researchers compared the general fitness of residents with the American Fitness Index which involves data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rates of disease, environmental factors and more. They also looked at weight levels and the percentage of residents that  regularly participate in physical activity.

SOURCE: Nerdwallet


JANUARY 15, 2014

Treasury Report Highlights HAMP Success

Almost 23,000 permanent loan modifications took place under the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) in November 2013 according to a recent Treasury report. Through this program, struggling homeowners can attain and benefit from a lower mortgage payment – the median monthly decrease is $546 a month (a 40% percent decrease). Overall, the HAMP program has facilitated over 922,000 modifications and saved the government over $24.2 billion.



JANUARY 9, 2014

New Rules Provide Additional Guidelines for Servicers

New rules set forth by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) require that servicers provide clear details to borrowers about their loans and potential or pending foreclosure procedures.  This article describes the new requirements and penalties, plus explains how the new rule will impact the nine standard mortgage servicing areas.  It also includes information on new rules regarding force-placed insurance (when a borrower does not buy insurance and the servicer does it for them) as well as timelines and standards for early intervention, establishing a single point-of-con



DECEMBER 26, 2013

Do Potential Interest Rate Changes Match Buyer Expectations?

Homebuyer confidence increased during the third quarter of 2013 but most homebuyers have unrealistic expectations when it comes to mortgage interest-rate trends, says national real estate broker Redfin.  As the Federal Reserve considers an end to its stimulus program, interest rates are poised to increase and although most people (83 percent) believe a “normal” interest rate is below five percent, the actual average mortgage rate since 1990 is 6.7 percent. This disparity could pose a threat to housing recovery.



DECEMBER 19, 2013

Trulia Makes Housing Predictions for 2014

Trends suggest that the housing market, although not completely back to normal, is at least heading in the right direction. The real estate listing and research site, Trulia, says that sales and prices have almost reached normal levels, the number of overall foreclosures has decreased and the number of people who are behind on their mortgages is down. Mortgage rates are expected to rise above 5 percent in 2014 for the first time since 2010 and mortgages will become easier to obtain.



DECEMBER 13, 2013

Number of ‘Car Commuters’ Decreasing

The number of workers that use private vehicles to get to and from work has decreased over the past 10 years in 99 of the  U.S's 100 largest cities according to a report by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the Frontier Group.  Areas with the largest decrease were the New York City/New Jersey metro area; Washington, DC; Austin, TX; and Poughkeepsie-Newburgh, NY; all of which decreased by four percent or more.

SOURCE: The Atlantic Cities - Place Matters


DECEMBER 6, 2013

Awards Given to Senior Housing Facilities

Grants were awarded to four senior housing facilities as part of the MetLife Foundation's Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing.  Each winner will receive $50,000, plus a commemorative award, news release and project profile, and a celebration for residents and partners at the property. Winners were selected based on several criteria including the project’s green features, ability to create connections between health and housing, and strategies for connecting residents to innovative services.  This years’ winners were:

SOURCE: Enterprise Community


NOVEMBER 27, 2013

The Real Value of Being Neighborly

People who feel connected to their neighbors have fewer strokes than those who feel isolated, according to a new study from the University of Michigan.  Researchers examined data from the Health and Retirement study which explored the incidence of stroke over time and correlated that data with the individual’s perception of cohesion in their neighborhoods. The findings were significant; those who felt socially connected had fewer strokes than those who felt alone.

SOURCE: The Atlantic Cities - Place Matters


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