housing and urban development

HUD rule assists gays

The Detroit News March 10, 2012

Detroit — Taxpayer-subsidized housing providers cannot inquire about an applicant's sexual orientation or gender identity under a new U.S. Housing and Urban Development rule that went into effect this week.

The new regulations were the main focus of HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan's speech Friday at a White House-sponsored conference on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender housing and homelessness issues at Wayne State University. Read more »


$40k Mid-Century Modern Condo

For once, it is better NOT to be an investor --at least until about May 29th you have more buying power.

There is a 2br/1.75ba, 1,066 square foot condo here at my complex going for only $40,000. These units usually sell in about a week.

However, this is an interesting case that actually favor non-investors. This is a HUD-owned home (Housing and Urban Development). So, they opened bidding earlier this month for owner occupants only. In fact, unless you are an owner occupant, you can't make an offer until May 29th. And, as of this morning they did not have any winning bids. Read more »


HUD policy: Discrimination on basis of sexual orientation, gender identity prohibited

The federal department of Housing and Urban Development has announced a new policy initiative to prohibit discrimination in housing programs on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
“This is a fundamental issue of fairness,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “We have a responsibility to make certain that public programs are open to all Americans. With this proposed rule, we will make clear that a person’s eligibility for federal housing programs is, and should be, based on their need and not on their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

The proposal, according to a HUD press release, would do the following: Read more »


El Departamento federal de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano ha anunciado una nueva iniciativa política para prohibir la discriminación en los programas de vivienda sobre la base de la orientación sexual o identidad de género.
"Este es un aspecto fundamental de justicia", dijo el secretario de HUD Shaun Donovan. "Tenemos una responsabilidad para asegurarse de que los programas públicos están abiertos a todos los estadounidenses. Con esta propuesta de norma, vamos a dejar en claro que la elegibilidad de una persona para programas de vivienda federal, y debe ser, en función de su necesidad y no por su orientación sexual o identidad de género ". Read more »


Barney Frank wants Cabinet post

Rep. Barney Frank is interested in capping his political career as a member of the president’s Cabinet, according to a new biography of the Financial Services Committee chairman. Frank (D-Mass.) told author Stuart Weisberg that he would like to be Housing and Urban Development secretary. However, the 69-year-old lawmaker stresses that his departure from Congress is not imminent. He first wants to pass more legislation on affordable housing, saying, “I want at least two years with President Obama and a solidly Democratic Senate so that we can get the federal government back in the housing business.” No president has ever appointed an openly gay man or woman to the Cabinet.