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Providence Journal: Feds say R.I. misspent $1.2 million in foreclosure-relief funds

By Christine Dunn

Journal Staff Writer

Posted Sep 5, 2017 at 5:39 PM

Updated Sep 5, 2017 at 5:39 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A new federal audit accuses Rhode Island Housing of wrongly charging $1,238,288 in expenses to the Hardest Hit Fund, a federal program created in response to the foreclosure crisis.

Since the Hardest Hit Fund was launched in 2010, Rhode Island has received nearly $116 million from the fund, which is operated by the U.S. Treasury Department through its Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

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Office of PD&R: Worst Case Housing Needs 2017 Report To Congress

Authors: Nicole Elsasser Watson   Steffen, Barry L.   Martin, Marge   Vandenbroucke, David A.

Release Date: August 2017 (92 pages)

Posted Date: August 9, 2017

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Enterprise Community Partners: July Newsletter

  • The Senate Banking Committee advanced three HUD nominees to a vote in the full Senate. The nominees include Anna Maria Farias to be assistant secretary for fair housing, Neal Rackleff for assistant secretary for community planning and development and J. Paul Compton Jr. for HUD general counsel. The Senate has several HUD nominees waiting to be confirmed.

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Senate Finance Committee to Hold Hearing on Affordable Housing Next Week

The Senate Finance Committee has scheduled a hearing for next Tuesday, August 1, on "America’s Affordable Housing Crisis: Challenges and Solutions." The Housing Credit and the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (S. 548) will feature prominently in the discussion. The witnesses will be:

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U.S Office of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse: Whitehouse Introduces Bill to Protect Children From Lead

Legislation would provide federal tax credits to cover costs of removing dangerous toxin from homes

Washington, DC – With more than 80 percent of Rhode Island children in low-income families living in homes built before the federal government banned consumer uses of lead paint in 1978, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today introduced legislation to help American families cover the cost of removing lead from their homes. About one in twenty Rhode Island children under age six has elevated blood lead levels, according to Rhode Island Kids Count.

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Coventry Courier: HUD awards housing grant in RI

Funding intended to help Rhode Island families find and keep their homes

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded a $19,580 housing counseling grant to the Providence Housing Authority to help families and individuals with their housing needs and to prevent future foreclosures. HUD’s housing counseling grants and the additional funding they leverage will assist more than 1.4 million households nationwide find housing, make more informed housing choices, or keep their current homes.

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PBN: Reed announces nearly $500K in federal funding to encourage independent living in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – In an effort to ensure elderly and disabled residents receive health care, meals, transportation and other essential support services, U.S. Sen. Jack F. Reed recently announced $479,745 in federal funding will be disseminated in contract renewals for service coordinators in several Rhode Island communities. Administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Service Coordinator Program provides funding to employ service coordinators in assisted multifamily housing developments who connect residents to existing locally based programs and services.

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HUD: AWARDS $50 MILLION IN HOUSING COUNSELING GRANTS

HUD AWARDS $50 MILLION IN HOUSING COUNSELING GRANTS:

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded on July 6, 2017, more than $50 million in housing counseling grants to hundreds of national, regional and local organizations to help families and individuals with their housing needs and to prevent future foreclosures. HUD’s housing counseling grants and the additional funding they leverage will assist more than 1.4 million households find housing, make more informed housing choices, or keep their current homes. See list of all counseling agencies awarded funding today.

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HUD: Awards $127 Million To Protect Children and Families From Dangerous Lead and Other Home Hazards

Funding to make low-income housing safer and healthier

WASHINGTON - In a continuous effort to keep families and their children safe from lead-based paint and other home health and safety hazards, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded more than $127 million to 48 state and local government agencies (see chart below).

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PBN: Sens. Reed & Whitehouse announce $25.5M in federal community-development funds for R.I.

PROVIDENCE – U.S. Sens. Jack F. Reed and Sheldon T. Whitehouse announced $25.5 million for Rhode Island in community-development and neighborhood revitalization funds for the fiscal year 2017 in a press release on Wednesday.

Full numbers for federal programs had not been previously announced because Congress did not pass a full-year budget until May 5.

The money comes from five federal funds, the Community Development Block Grant, the Home Investment Partnerships Program, the Emergency Shelter Grant, the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS and the Housing Trust Fund. Each program is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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