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National Homelessness in Decline According new HUD Report 
HUD Press Release
October 31, 2014

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released the 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress.  The data for the report is culled from the national Point-In-Time (PIT) count totals for 2014 and the overall outlook is positive in regards to the elimination of homelessness in America.  Nationwide, homelessness has decreased 10 percent, and specifically, veteran homelessness is down 33 percent, unsheltered families have dropped 53 percent and chronic homelessness is down 21 percent.  The decreases are due in large part to the collaborative efforts of government, private, non-profit and communities along with implementation of programs such as supportive housing and rapid re-housing.  More... 

Barbara Blake Boy of the Broward County Planning Council
Barbara Blake Boy, Executive Director
of the Broward County Planning Council

The Future of Broward County's Housing Policies
Broward County
October 30, 2014

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, the Broward County Planning and Redevelopment Division and the Broward County Planning Council held a “Broward Next” Focus Area Meeting to discuss future housing strategies for Broward County.  The two County agencies are collaborating to update the Broward County’s Land Use and Comprehensive Plan and part of their process is to seek resident and stakeholder feedback.  The meeting was open to the public and garnered a variety of suggestions ranging from innovative ways to develop affordable housing funds to revaluation of municipalities’ mixed use policies.  Stay connected with the ongoing conversations via Twitter ( using hashtag #BrowardNEXT 

Melvin Watt, Federal Housing Finance Agency chief.  Photo: Isaac Brekken for The New York Times

Federal Housing Finance Agency Unveils Plan to Loosen Rules on Mortgages
The New York Times
October 24, 2014

For years, politicians, housing advocates and potential home buyers have complained that tight credit policies after the housing market crash have kept too many deserving people from qualifying for mortgages.  Now the government is taking steps that it says it hopes will allow more first-time buyers and lower- and middle-income Americans to get home loans at low rates.  On Monday, Melvin L. Watt, the nation’s chief housing regulator, announced a program offering more reassurances to mortgage banks that fear they could suffer unpredictable losses on the loans they sell to the government.  More... 

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Denver Announces Five-Year Action Plan to Deliver Affordable Housing Opportunities 
Denver Office of Economic Development
October 16, 2014

Housing Denver – the first such plan for the city in 15 years – is a call to action to all community partners to further bolster housing affordability at all income levels from homeless to low-, moderate- and median-income households. The ambitious plan was created through a two-year process of dialogue and outreach and will provide a guide for Denver’s housing policies and programs through 2019.  “Access to safe, decent, affordable housing has never been more important in Denver. While the city’s population growth has spiked, our housing stock is simply not keeping pace with the community’s needs,” Mayor Hancock said.  More... 

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