U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Good News, New Yorkers: You Might Get Your Sandy Repair Money After All

    At the beginning of this month, Sandy relief dollars ($1.77 billion, to be exact) from Washington began to trickle in to the metropolitan area. But there was a tiny issue: the money would only go to future development - not repairs for past damages. Remember this? It was a policy that separated Ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    What The Fiscal Cliff Means For New York, Pt. 2

    Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid admitted his cynicism towards a fiscal cliff compromise, blaming the House Republicans' "dictatorship." The New York Post's cover featured a diver jumping off a cliff, with the catchy headline 'This Fall Is Really Going To Hurt.' We later found out t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Community Gardens Fear Wilting Under Massive Cuts in Federal Block-Grant Money

    Growing dissent: Urban gardeners besiege City Hall​By Adrian Fussell Looming federal budget cuts mean that community gardens across New York City will likely face a severe, life-threatening drought. And the seeds of protest are already sprouting. Supporters of GreenThumb, the city's primary comm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Slumlords and Your Tax Dollars

    ​AM New York had an interesting piece yesterday about a topic that's near and dear to us over here at Runnin' Scared: taxpayer dollars that end up in the pockets of slumlords. The paper, using data from Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio's office, reported that a beleaguered city program which pro ... More >>

  • News

    November 10, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    When Rick Lazio Loved Andy Cuomo

    By Scott Greenberg Speaking earlier this month about Andrew Cuomo's 1997-2000 tenure at HUD, gubernatorial rival Rick Lazio blasted him: "He was the head of an agency that was the worst-rated agency in the federal government, which is really saying something." That's the exact opposite of what Laz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    Adolfo Carrion Comes Back to NYC, but Maybe Not the Way He Wanted To

    ​Former Bronx borough president Adolfo Carrion, who left city politics to become the first director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs, is coming home via another federal gig. Carrion will be leaving his current job to become the regional director of New York and New Jersey for HUD. W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2009

    City to cover (some) revoked Section 8 vouchers

    New York's Department of Homeless Services has announced plans to cover, at least temporarily, the cost of more than half of the $800 housing vouchers the city announced plans to default on yesterday. Homeless Services Commissioner Rob Hess says that the city will cover immediate rent costs for 1, ... More >>

  • Film

    October 6, 2009
  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Jack Kemp, 1935-2009

    When Jack Kemp -- the former Buffalo Bills star, Congressman, HUD Secretary, and Republican Vice Presidential candidate, who died of cancer this weekend -- was derided at a function as a mere football player, his daughter retorted, "My daddy wasn't a football player: He was a quarterback." Kemp was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Crime Un-Stoppers: Times Says DAs Flubbed Mortgage Scams

    New York City prosecutors remained asleep at the switch while mortgage rip-off artists took huge bites out of the Big Apple, reports The Times's Michael Powell this morning in a great top-of-the fold read.Almost a decade after HUD declared the city a foreclosure fraud "hot zone" and schemesters bega ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2008

    Bush Revokes Land Fraudster's 1-Day-Old Pardon

    Well, this is odd: Today George Bush revoked a Presidential pardon he'd granted yesterday. Brooklyn developer Isaac R. Toussie had been convicted in 2001 of defrauding the Department of Housing and Urban Development by submitting false estimates of his clients' finances in order to obtain HUD-back ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    America New York is Back!

    This is from a release we received this morning from the New York State Department of Labor: "As the current economic crisis continues to negatively affect both workers and businesses, the State Labor Department today announced some good news for the Western New York economy. Since Extended Unemplo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008

    Carrion Finally Appointed to Federal Office

    Adolfo Carrion is finally getting his much-anticipated ticket out of the Bronx. Several sources say the Bronx Borough President will be appointed head of the new White House Office of Urban Policy. What a relief that must be: last week Carrion unwisely blabbed to kids at Yale that he was being consi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2008

    McCain Suggests Andrew Cuomo for SEC; "Hell No" Says Reason

    Maybe John McCain is taking seriously the recent poll that showed him closing on Obama in New York. On "60 Minutes" last night, he suggested NY Attorney General Andrew Cuomo would make a fine replacement for Christopher Cox at the SEC. Cuomo's response to Newsday's follow-up -- "It would be inappr ... More >>

  • News

    August 19, 2008
  • News

    August 5, 2008

    Andrew Cuomo and Fannie and Freddie

    How the youngest Housing and Urban Development secretary in history gave birth to the mortgage crisis

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2008

    Street Homelessness on the Decline, Bloomberg Says

    There are 3,306 homeless people living on New York City streets, a decline 12 percent since last year, Mayor Bloomberg and the Department of Homeless Services announced Tuesday. Two years ago, Bloomberg launched a “supportive housing” program that provides access to subsidized housing desig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2007

    Why Are There 1,723 Vacant Buildings in Manhattan?

    The Harvard Club hosted a discussion about abandoned housing and homelessness. By Eileen Markey Abandoned housing in Manhattan? Really? Tell me where, I've got my hot plate ready. It’s hard to believe there are vacant buildings in New York's still insane real estate market, but a recent survey ... More >>

  • News

    January 16, 2007

    Sins of the Father

    Rev. Louis Gigante, kin to the Genovese crime family, slips from hero to slumlord

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2006

    Cuomo and Me: What, No Handshake?

    When Mark Green wrapped up Wednesday's final debate in the attorney general race with a reference to the Voice's story about Andrew Cuomo's curious ties to accused slumlord Andrew Farkas, I was sitting in the press row gathering my umbrella and papers. The next minute I was accosted by George M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2006

    Mark Green's Three Questions

    This morning's Democratic attorney general candidates' debate had the feel of a poker game where all the cards were on the table—or at least Mark Green's cards were—and everyone was just waiting for him to throw the good ones. Yet somehow the New York City Bar Association event went into i ... More >>

  • News

    August 29, 2006

    Andrew Cuomo's $2 Million Man

    How the Attorney General wannabe turned an accused slumlord into a sugar daddy

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2006

    Your Turn: Living in Landlord Hell?

    The Voice's new list of the 10 worst landlords in New York is in, and it's a doozy. There's the landlord who "threatened tenants with a bat" and the one whose business associate claims "it's not wrong to be wrong if you're wrong." (Tell it to Francine Andrews, below, who's taken to filling holes in ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    June 27, 2006


    'The No. 1 worst in the United States'

  • News

    November 29, 2005

    Black Out

    New Orleans getting more white? Sure, by locking out African Americans

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2005

    Campaigns Duel Over Digs

    Rumor has it that New Yorkers are stretched a little thin come the end of the month. With the average price of Manhattan apartments hovering over $26 bucks per square feet anyone not wanting to live in a closet, or Queens, can expect to spend over $3,000 per month for a two-bedroom. What's a renter ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    October 11, 2005


    When I came in, there were cockroaches all over. I was crying.

  • News

    September 13, 2005

    Bush to Rebuild New Orleans, Somehow

    President throws expensive bag of gimmicks at Katrina disaster

  • News

    February 10, 2004
  • News

    September 23, 2003

    The New Bronx Market

    After Neighborhood Turnaround, HUD Seeks to Cash Out

  • News

    September 2, 2003

    Rabbi Bunco

    An Ally of Senators and Mayors Is Charged With Fraud

  • News

    January 28, 2003

    Loan Wolves

    Congress Preys on Local Subprime-Lending Protections

  • News

    October 15, 2002

    A Perfect Storm

    It's Residents Out, Homeless Families in at Troubled Complex

  • News

    February 12, 2002

    Rebuilding at Ground Zero

    Will Any of the Possibilities Really Be Considered?

  • News

    January 15, 2002

    SRO Limbo

    After Arrests in the HUD Scandal, Will Its Victims Lose Their Homes?

  • NYC Life

    August 7, 2001
  • News

    February 6, 2001

    Mel Blank

    Bush’s Housing Secretary Martinez Is a Great Unknown

  • News

    January 23, 2001

    New York’s Bush Boys

    Pataki, Sweeney, Powers, Fossella to Prosper in Dubya Reign

  • News

    January 23, 2001

    Let Us Prey

    One Church in the HUD Rehab-Loan Scandal Says It Was a Lamb Led to the Slaughter

  • News

    January 23, 2001

    Spit-Shining a Scandal

    The Chilly Victims of the HUD Housing Scam Listen to Some Hot Air

  • News

    January 16, 2001

    Seduced and Abandoned

    What HUD Knew—and Didn’t Do—About the Mortgage-Loan Scandal

  • News

    January 9, 2001

    HUD: The Horror Movie

    A Big Fish Fries the Little Fish in Harlem-Brooklyn Mortgage Scam

  • News

    September 12, 2000

    In 'Voluntary' Servitude

    Tenants Vow to Boycott Lazio's Law

  • Art

    August 1, 2000
  • News

    June 6, 2000

    Home Breaker: Doing Community Disservice

    Lazio’s Housing Bill Was So Bad It Made D'Amato Seem Reasonable

  • News

    December 14, 1999

    Hillary’s Anti-Union, Slumlord Pals

    Reviled Realtors–Nursing Home Operators Raising Funds for Campaign

  • Specials

    November 2, 1999
  • News

    October 12, 1999

    Unwelcome Mat

    New Public Housing Rules Shun the Poorest New Yorkers

  • News

    October 28, 1997

    Rudy's Inner Child

    The Mayor's Temper Costs ACORN Contract

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