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By New York Times News Service | December 14, 1994
WASHINGTON -- Federal officials say that President Clinton probably will ask Congress to replace the federal agency that provides mortgage insurance to millions of home buyers with a new government-controlled corporation that operates more like a private business.The agency, the Federal Housing Administration, was created 60 years ago to help combat the effects of the Depression. It has provided mortgage insurance for more than 51 million home buyers, enabling many of them to get mortgages they could not otherwise obtain.
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By Bob Dart and Bob Dart,Cox News Service Kathleen Beeman of The Sun's Washington bureau contributed to this article | July 9, 1991
WASHINGTON -- Red tape and restrictive zoning have put the American dream of a house in the suburbs out of reach of millions of families, a presidential panel reported yesterday.Not only are the working poor economically excluded, but many suburban communities "end up as homogeneous enclaves where households such as schoolteachers, firefighters, young families and the elderly on fixed incomes are all regulated out," the report said.The report blamed excessive local regulations for adding up to 35 percent to the price of a new house.
NEWS
December 18, 1990
After 10 years of willful neglect, America now has a kinder and gentler federal housing program. Housing and Urban Development chief Jack Kemp can take some of the credit here, but the 101st Congress did the lion's share of the work in shifting course. Mr. Kemp's HOPE program, designed to sell off public housing to tenants, and Shelter Plus Care, which combines housing aid with social services, both made it into a landmark housing bill signed into law in late November.The bill has many other parts, some of which give the Bush administration pause.
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By Robert Guy Matthews and Robert Guy Matthews,SUN STAFF | July 23, 1996
Federal housing officials are expressing concern over Baltimore's new plan to exclude middle-income residents in the rowhouse communities that will replace the Lafayette Courts and Lexington Terrace housing projects."
NEWS
September 25, 1999
Philip Brownstein, 82, a federal housing administrator who fought discrimination by developers and landlords, died Sept. 17 in Silver Spring. Mr. Brownstein was a top housing administrator in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations who expanded Depression-era housing laws to increase home ownership among minorities.Dr. William Eckert, 73, a forensic pathologist who was a consultant on major cases including the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy and the Jonestown massacre in Guyana, died Sept.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,Sun Staff Writer | May 23, 1995
Reversing America's declining rate of homeownership will require a new round of public-private partnerships -- not more government intervention -- a top federal housing official told community bankers in Baltimore yesterday.Nicolas P. Retsinas, second in command at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, offered a glimpse of the Clinton administration's upcoming strategy to get more people into homes."There continue to be serious unmet housing needs in this country," with "serious discrepancies in housing conditions and access to credit," said Mr. Retsinas, assistant secretary for housing.
NEWS
By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer Marcia Myers contributed to this article | March 2, 1995
Pledging a thorough investigation into the troubled $25.6 million program to fix up homes for the poor, Baltimore City Council Vice President Vera P. Hall is calling local and federal housing officials, as well as lawyers and tenants, to a hearing next week.Mrs. Hall, who chairs the council's housing committee, said she is "trying to cover the waterfront" in soliciting testimony from people involved in the no-bid repair program that has come under fire for shoddy work and inflated costs. The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,Sun Staff Writer | July 30, 1995
Easing fears that congressional budget slashing would halt ++ efforts to build and renovate affordable apartments in Maryland over the next few years, lawmakers partially restored funding to a federal housing program late last week.The House voted Thursday to retain Federal Housing Administration mortgage insurance for multifamily housing, a turnaround from an earlier bid that threatened the construction, renovation or refinancing of up to 21 privately owned projects with more than 4,000 market-rate apartments.
NEWS
By PETER DREIER and JOHN ATLAS and PETER DREIER and JOHN ATLAS,Newsday | June 2, 1991
Most Americans think that federal housing assistance is a poor people's program. In fact, less than one-fifth of all low-income Americans receive federal housing subsidies. In contrast, more than three-quarters of wealthy Americans -- many living in mansions -- get housing aid from Washington.The homeowner deduction -- which allows homeowners to deduct all property tax and mortgage interest from their federal income taxes -- will cost the federal government more than $47 billion this year alone, according to a new Joint Taxation Committee analysis of "tax expenditures."
NEWS
By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff writer | November 24, 1991
The county housing office and three local human service agencies arecollaborating in an innovative program to ease homelessness in the county.Through the program, Grassroots, Citizens Against Spousal Assault and the Community Action Council will be able to arrange federally subsidized housing for clients who are still receiving their support services.The new process will allow a smoother transition for people moving from a shelter to a home and guarantees clients a federal housing subsidy when they successfully complete their work with the agency, say housing and agency officials.
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