Congressman Al Green Announces Federal Grants to Help Houston and Harris County to Counteract the Effects of the Foreclosure Crisis

Washington, D.C. – September 21, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, Congressman Al Green (TX-09) announced that the City of Houston and Harris County have been awarded significant funding as part of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), which is coordinated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

          The City of Houston has been awarded grants totaling $3,389,035 and Harris County will receive $1,925,917. These grants are provided under the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, in whose legislative crafting Congressman Al Green played a decisive role, as member of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Financial Services.

          “This is a very useful initiative for our community because the City and the County will be able to use these funds to purchase foreclosed homes to rehabilitate or redevelop them to respond to rising foreclosures and falling home values. In some cases they can also demolish the property,” stated Congressman Green.

           According to the real estate consulting company RealtyTrac, during the month of July, Harris County had 2,559 properties foreclosed, including 1,510 located in Houston.

          The Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) also seeks to prevent future foreclosures by requiring housing counseling for families receiving homebuyer assistance.  HUD will require States, as well as local grantees to ensure that new homebuyers under NSP receive homeownership counseling and obtain a mortgage loan from a lender who agrees to comply with sound lending practices.

          “Counseling and ensuring sound lending practices are important components of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program because they will help prevent the predatory lending practices that targeted significant segments of our society” concluded Congressman Green.

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On January 4, 2007 U.S. Representative Al Green took the oath of office to serve the people of Texas’ 9th Congressional District and began his second term in the United States House of Representatives. As a veteran civil rights advocate, he has dedicated his life to fighting for those in society whose voices, too often, are not heard.

Congressman Green’s chief legislative priority for the 110th Congress is creating a Federal Living Wage. As the Democratic Whip for Region 6 and one of the newest members of the Committee on Homeland Security, Green is dedicated to increasing U.S. port and border security and reducing chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats. He also serves on the Financial Services Committee where he continues his fight to eliminate insurance, housing and lender practices that have historically victimized low and moderate income communities. Additionally, Congressman Green remains committed to increasing the levels affordable housing and ensuring that every American realizes the dream of homeownership.

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Office Phone: (713) 383 9234 Ext. 111
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