Michigan Department of Civil Rights Returns Discriminatory Housing Advertisement Complaint to HUD

October 29, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) released the following statement as a status update on an investigation into allegations of illegal housing advertisement discrimination. The allegations related to a roommate wanted posting in a Grand Rapids area church which indicated a preference for a "Christian roommate."


WASHINGTON, DC - October 19, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has committed to insure a $28,310,000 loan to Baraga County Memorial Hospital (BCMH) in L’Anse U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak announced Friday. The loan is being provided through the Federal Housing Administration’s Section 242 Hospital Mortgage Insurance Program and will be used to construct a new facility approximately 3 miles from the existing site.

Community Action Agency to Receive Grant for Housing Counseling Assistance Program

WASHINGTON, DC - October 15, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today Congressman Mark Schauer announced that the Community Action Agency has been awarded a U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Housing Counseling Assistance Program grant. The grant is for comprehensive housing counseling ($42,724) and loan documentation review ($5,000) to support housing counseling activities in Jackson, Lenawee and Hillsdale counties

Stabenow, Levin Announce Over $5 Million in Recovery Package Funding to Green Public Housing

WASHINGTON, DC - September 24, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Carl Levin (D-MI) announced today that Michigan has been awarded $5,535,975 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funding is from the Public Housing Capital Funds and will be used to upgrade public housing by increasing energy efficiency and create jobs

Kildee and Secretary Donovan Announce More than $1.6 Million in HUD Grants for Flint...

CDBG Grants Will Help Revitalize Neighborhoods and Create Jobs. WASHINGTON, D.C. - July 16, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Dale E. Kildee (D-MI) and U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced $1,647,759 in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for Flint and Genesee County. These grants are available through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, which enable state and local governments to undertake a wide range of activities intended to create suitable living environments, provide affordable housing and create economic opportunities. The City of Flint will receive $1,153,340 and Genesee County will receive $494,419

Stabenow, Levin Announce More Than $7.2 Million in Community Development Grants for Michigan

WASHINGTON, DC - July 16, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Nineteen Michigan communities will receive a total of $7,296,509 in community development grants for projects designed to benefit low- and middle-income families, Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin, both D-Mich., announced today. The funds, made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will be disbursed by the local governments of Battle Creek, Bay City, Clinton Township, Flint, Genesee County, Holland, Kalamazoo, Kent County, Lincoln Park, Midland, Pontiac, Port Huron, Royal Oak, Sterling Heights, Taylor, Warren, Wayne County, Westland and Wyoming

HUD/Site Condo Update

June 18, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — The Michigan Association of REALTORS®, along with many other state REALTOR® associations, has received many questions and concerns regarding site condominiums and FHA loan approvals. Recently, HUD released Mortgagee Letter 19 on the Condominium Approval Process for single family housing. Included in the letter is guidance on how to treat site condominiums. Under the letter, site condos do not need to be approved as condo projects, but FHA loans for site condos still need to include a condominium rider in the loan package for insurance endorsement


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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