Homeless & Crisis Assistance

Homeless & Crisis Assistance

MSHDA, Kent County Land Bank Authority Launch Fresh Start Demolition Program in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - October 17, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Grand Rapids-area leaders and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) today launched the largest residential cleanup effort in city history with the demolition of an abandoned house in a neighborhood hit hard by the foreclosure crisis.

Schuette Marks One-Year Anniversary of Homeowner Protection Fund: Announces New Victim Restitution Program

LANSING - August 1, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Attorney General Bill Schuette today marked one-year since the historic Homeowner Protection Fund was signed into law with the announcement of a new victim restitution program designed to help residents across Michigan affected by the foreclosure crisis.

Rep. Bentivolio’s Statement on VA’s New Initiative to End Veteran’s Homelessness

WASHINGTON, DC - July 12, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, the Deparment of Veterans Affairs announced a new grant initiative to help end veteran’s homelessness. Congressman Kerry Bentivolio released the following statement on the initiative

Schuette Announces Michigan Residents to Receive $107.2 Million Through National Mortgage Settlement

LANSING - June 10, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced checks will go out this week to Michigan borrowers who submitted a valid foreclosure payment claim through the National Mortgage Settlement. Eligible borrowers will receive checks for approximately $1,480. Approximately 72,000 Michigan borrowers affected by the National Mortgage Settlement will receive a share of approximately $107.2 million in restitution for mortgage servicing abuses related to the national foreclosure crisis.

Conyers Applauds $5 Million Homeless Veterans Grant from Department of Labor

DETROIT - April 8, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor announced $5 million to fund programs that will assist approximately 2,600 veterans in job training with civilian careers. The grants will range from $100,000 to $300,000. The Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program is the only federal program that works exclusively on the employment of homeless veterans. Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement

Mayor Menino Releases Results of 2012 Homeless Census

WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 5, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Mayor Thomas M. Menino today released the results of the 33rd Annual Homeless Census, conducted by city officials, community leaders, and more than 350 volunteers. On the night of the census, December 12, 2012, there were 6,992 homeless men, women, and children living in shelters, on the street, and in transitional or residential treatment programs in Boston, representing a 5.2 percent increase from the 2011 census.

Help for Homeless Veterans

LANSING, MI - November 2, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Homelessness should not be one of the problems facing veterans returning from deployment or older veterans later in their life. However, statistics show approximately 1 in 10 of the nations homeless population are veterans. Jason Allen, director of Michigan's Veteran's Affairs Directorate is reaching out to those in need by encouraging veterans to discuss their benefits eligibility with their county Veteran Affairs office or veterans service organization

Detroit to receive $4.2 million for housing, homelessness programs

WASHINGTON, DC - July 31, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Detroit will receive $4.2 million in federal funding to promote affordable housing, fight homelessness and boost the local economy, Sen. Carl Levin announced Monday.

Kalamazoo to receive $2.3 million for housing, homelessness programs

WASHINGTON, DC - July 31, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Kalamazoo will receive nearly $2.3 million in federal funding to promote affordable housing, fight homelessness and boost the local economy, Sen. Carl Levin announced Monday.

Video features stories of homeless camp residents, state efforts to help

June 26, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Dozens of homeless people living in tents in wooded state lands between two major expressways now have homes or temporary shelter with the help of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), and a number of Washtenaw County agencies that advocate for housing

Levin, Stabenow Announce Michigan Housing Agencies to Receive $1.3 Million in Grants for Housing...

WASHINGTON, DC- March 28, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Seven Michigan housing agencies will receive more than $1.3 million in grants to help provide housing for homeless veterans, Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow announced Tuesday.

Schuette Issues Second Subpoena in Criminal Probe of Mortgage Processors

LANSING, MI - March 13, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that he has issued a second criminal investigative subpoena against national mortgage servicing support provider DocX as his office continues to investigate questionable mortgage documentation filed with Michigan's Register of Deeds offices during the current foreclosure crisis.

State Housing Authority Announces MSHDA and Federal Grants to Help House Homeless in Barry...

LANSING, MI - November 30, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Executive Director Gary Heidel of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) today announced funding for Barry County United Way in the amount of $38,913 through its Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program. The funds are being awarded to communities and local recipient organizations as part of an estimated $2.8 million in federal grants and $5 million in MSHDA reserves to be allocated this fiscal year across the state.

Schuette Issues Subpoenas in Criminal Probe of Mortgage Processors

LANSING, MI - June 16, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that he has issued criminal investigative subpoenas against national mortgage servicing support providers in an expansion of his office's investigation into questionable mortgage documentation filed with Michigan's Register of Deeds offices during the current foreclosure crisis.

Gary Peters Leads Fight to Protect Homeownership

Royal Oak, MI - June 14, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- For more than a generation, millions of American families have been able to purchase their own homes thanks to the availability of the thirty-year, fixed rate mortgage. But in the aftermath of the housing collapse and the financial crisis, the thirty-year mortgage is in danger of disappearing altogether as banks and government regulators consider making major reforms to the housing market.

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New shorelands program helps waterfront homeowners improve shorelines, inland lakes

The Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership recently launched a program to help lakefront homeowners understand best practices to protect their shoreland and inland lakes. The Michigan Shoreland Stewards Program will recognize inland lake property owners who are using healthy property management practices to protect their inland lake and offer tips to improve the shoreline further.

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Senator Stabenow Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Protect Michigan Land and Water...

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry joined her Agriculture Committee colleague U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) to strengthen the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) – an innovative approach to conservation authored by Senator Stabenow in the 2014 Farm Bill.