Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

January 19, 2017

Thursday’s Advocacy & Think Tank Roundup

By Robert Engelke

  • Although federal guidelines allow foreclosed homes to be sold with occupants, in a recently published article in Housing Policy Debate, the author reports that the guidelines are largely irrelevant in practice. In fact, data obtained from HUD through a Freedom of Information Act request shows that in Fiscal Years 2010-2014, there were a total of 23,746 requests for FHA-insured foreclosed properties to be conveyed while occupied. However, only 87 of those requests—much less than one percent—were approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA),
  • In a blog post by Enterprise, the author addresses the nomination of Dr. Ben Carson as the lead of HUD and his rhetoric regarding his vision of the agency.
  • In an op-ed, Matt Hoffman, vice president at Enterprise Community Partners, examines several ways in which cities can become more equitable, vibrant and affordable. According to Hoffman, cities should consider: cracking down on the housing black market, empowering tenants, using municipal property for housing, putting good schools in neighborhoods that need them the most, thinking and acting inter-jurisdictionally and making all data public.
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