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Justice Department Reaches $475,000 Settlement With Beaumont, Texas, to Resolve Disability Discrimination in Housing...

The Justice Department today announced that the city of Beaumont, Texas, has agreed to pay $475,000 and change its zoning and land use practices to resolve a lawsuit alleging that it discriminated against persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities who sought to live in small group homes in the city’s residential neighborhoods.  The consent decree must still be approved by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Rep. Culberson Joins Texas Delegation in Request for Disaster Declaration

Representative John Culberson joined all House Members of the Texas delegation in sending a letter to President Barack Obama in support of Governor Greg Abbott’s state disaster declaration request

Congressmen Al Green and Gene Green Introduce Legislation to Fully Fund Houston Area Army...

On Thursday, April 21, 2016, Congressmen Al Green (TX-09) and Gene Green (TX-29) introduced H.R. 5025, the 2016 Tax Day Floods Supplemental Funding Act, which would appropriate $311 million for Army Corps flood control construction projects in the Houston area. The legislation would fund the projects using supplemental appropriations until 2026, and return any funds not used on these projects to the U.S. Treasury.

Federal Judge Sides with City of Dallas over Banning Pornography Expo on City Property

A federal judge ruled in favor of the City of Dallas following its decision to ban a pornography convention from being hosted at a city-owned convention center. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and the Dallas Citizens Council filed an amicus brief earlier this month in support of the city

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS – AUSTIN WINS HUD’S INNOVATION IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING STUDENT DESIGN AND...

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a graduate student team from the University of Texas at Austin the winners of HUD’s third annual Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition. The Austin team was one of the four team finalists to develop a plan to redevelop the public housing project Monteria Village in Santa Barbara, California. HUD also announced a team from University of Maryland as the runner up.

MPD to hold public viewing of recovered stolen property

The Midland Police Department will give citizens an opportunity to retrieve stolen property through a public viewing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 at the MPD armory building (3900 N. Lamesa Rd.).

Spend FEMA Grants Wisely

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has already put more than $5 million in federal disaster relief funds in the hands of Mississippians recovering from flooding and severe weather. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and FEMA want to remind those receiving grant payments to spend those funds wisely. Survivors should use Housing Assistance and Other Needs Assistance grants on housing repairs and other essential needs.

FEMA, State Grants Will Not Affect Social Security Or Other Federal Benefits

Texas residents affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in March will not lose Social Security benefits, pay additional taxes, or give up income-based benefit programs if they accept federal or state disaster aid. This includes homeowners, renters and businesses in Erath, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hood, Jasper, Limestone, Marion, Newton, Orange, Parker, Shelby and Tyler counties who register for disaster assistance.

Preliminary Flood Maps for Three Texas Counties Ready for Public View

New preliminary flood maps for residents of Chambers, Liberty and San Jacinto counties area ready for residents to review. Communities affected by the maps include Liberty, Dayton, Dayton Lakes, and Mont Belvieu.

Public Invited to Appeal or Comment on Flood Maps for Willacy and Cameron Counties...

New preliminary flood maps for residents and business owners in Willacy and Cameron counties are now ready for residents to review. Local, state and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials teamed up to produce them

Nearly 200 People Attend Flood Disaster Assistance Workshop Hosted by Babin Office in Deweyville

Nearly 200 people attended a “Flood Disaster Assistance Workshop" on Thursday night hosted by U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) and his staff at the Deweyville High School gymnasium. The event, which featured representatives from FEMA, SBA, FSA, TDEM and other community recovery agencies, provided flood victims in Newton, Orange and Jasper Counties with an opportunity to ask questions and hear directly from these agencies on applying for assistance.

Two Federal District Courts in Texas Rule MERS Has Authority to Assign Deed of...

MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. today announced that the United States District Courts for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division and the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division held MERS’ assignments were valid, and granted motions to dismiss in two cases.

Four Additional Texas Counties May Now Apply for Disaster Assistance

At the request of the state of Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has added Henderson, Limestone, Shelby and Tyler to the federal disaster declaration of March 19. They join the nine counties already approved for both Individual Assistance and Public Assistance: Erath, Gregg, Harrison, Hood, Jasper, Marion, Newton, Orange and Parker.

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Joins Bipartisan Group of Members of Congress to File Amicus...

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson joined a bipartisan group of 44 current and former Senators and 164 current and former House members from 38 states as well as the District of Columbia in filing an amicus brief in support of the Obama administration’s historic ‘Clean Power Plan’ (CPP). The CPP will reduce carbon pollution and address climate change, save consumers $155 billion by 2030, create jobs, and prevent 90,000 childhood asthma attacks through 2030‎

FEMA Provides Funding to Rowlett, Texas, for Tornado Debris Removal

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded an initial payment of $1,875,000 to the state of Texas for the city of Rowlett for debris removal. A tornado swept through the city on Dec. 26, 2015, along a 3.5 mile track. Storm debris blocked the paths of emergency vehicles and the general public and created significant danger to motorists. The city of Rowlett removed debris to eliminate threats to public health and safety.

Energy-efficient, functional remodeling projects proved most profitable for Texas homeowners in 2015

Texas home remodeling projects in 2015 were those that increased a home’s sustainability, according to the Texas Remodel Valuation Report released today by the Texas Association of REALTORS®. The report analyzes the project recoup costs in 2015 for 30 different remodeling projects nationwide, in the West South Central U.S., and in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, McAllen, and San Antonio.

State housing agency’s online homebuyer education tool takes the complexity out of home purchase...

Free pre- and post-purchase education, mortgage credit courses result in more informed buyers positioned for success. First time home buying is among the biggest and most complex decisions most of us will make in our lives. Besides the financial commitment, buying a home also comes with a whole new world of unfamiliar terms and responsibilities.

CARTER JOINS THORNBERRY, FILES LEGAL BRIEF IN LAWSUIT BETWEEN RED RIVER LANDOWNERS AND FEDERAL...

Rep. John R. Carter (R-TX-31) joined Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX-) along with Texas Republican Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and 18 representatives in filing an amicus brief in the case of Aderholt et al. v. Bureau of Land Management et al. The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of landowners along the Red River by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, seeks to protect the landowners’ property rights from claims by the federal government’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Texas Storm Survivors May Receive A Phone Call From SBA

Eligible individuals and business owners in Erath, Gregg, Harrison, Hood, Jasper, Marion, Newton, Orange and Parker counties who register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may receive an automated phone call from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA’s recorded message gives instructions on how to request an application for a low-interest disaster loan.

Child Care Center Building a Healthier Future For Young Texans

Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today visited the Kids R Fun child care center in San Antonio and planted a garden full of zucchini, basil, tomatoes and bell peppers with young Texans enrolled at the center. Kids R Fun participates in the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP), as well as TDA’s Establishing 3E’s Grant program to go above and beyond to incorporate best practices in providing nutrient-rich foods, exercise and a supportive child care environment

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Texas condominium sales up, townhome sales down during first half of...

Condominium sales in Texas’s major metro areas increased and townhome sales fell in the first half of 2016, according to the Texas Condominium Mid-Year Sales Report. Released today by the Texas Association of REALTORS®, the report shows that condominium sales in Texas’ four largest markets have seen increasing demand over townhomes and single-family homes among young professionals and retirees. This is the first time in the report’s history that condo and townhome statistics have been reported separately.

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TDI windstorm inspectors help consumers along coast

Michael Cowen helps homeowners with inspections so they can buy windstorm insurance. He drives hundreds of miles and spends hours on the phone each week talking with homeowners, contractors, and local building officials about inspection requirements.