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Boustany Urges Safeguards to Prevent Fraud in First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit

Opening Statement of Charles Boustany, Jr. (R-LA) Ranking Member Subcommittee on Oversight Hearing on Administration of the First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit

President Obama and Local Residents Discuss Rebuilding and Recovery in New Orleans

Senior Administration Officials Joined President to See Recovery Progress Firsthand. WASHINGTON, D.C. - October 16, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- On his sixth trip to New Orleans since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, President Barack Obama today visited the Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School and held a town hall event to hear directly from the people of Louisiana. President Obama discussed both the progress made in the region and the challenges that remain. In his first public event in New Orleans, President Obama also spent time answering questions from everyday people.

Cao Calls for Changes in New Orleans Housing Situation

October 6, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao (LA-2) released a statement regarding the housing crisis in New Orleans. During his first 10 months in office, Congressman Cao has been consistently vocal on this issue

House Passes Bill with $35 Million in Melancon-Secured Water Projects for South Louisiana

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that includes $35,045,000 in earmarks Congressman Charlie Melancon (LA-03) secured for projects in the Third Congressional District. The funding was included in the fiscal year 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations conference report (H.R. 3183). The conference report now goes to the Senate for passage, and then to the President to be signed in to law. This annual funding bill will provide a total of $5.4 billion for Army Corps of Engineers projects nationwide

Landrieu, Melancon Announce $17.4M Investment For Affordable Housing In Louisiana

Grants will help create jobs and strengthen communities throughout Louisiana. WASHINGTON, DC - September 29, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., and U.S. Representative Charlie Melancon, D-La-03, today announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $9.9 million in grants to communities throughout Louisiana, and an additional $7.48 million to the State of Louisiana

Governor Bobby Jindal Announces Appointments to the Life Safety and Property Protection Advisory Board

BATON ROUGE, LA - September 22, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Bobby Jindal announced appointments to the Life Safety and Property Protection Advisory Board. The Louisiana Life Safety and Property Protection Advisory Board shall advise the state fire marshal in matters relating to the regulation of the certifying, inspecting, installation, integrating, selling, and servicing of life safety and property protection systems and equipment and to prohibit the use of life safety and property protection systems and equipment which are not properly labeled in accordance with the rules adopted by the state fire marshal in the interest of safeguarding lives and property.

Vitter Offers Anti-Gang Amendment to Housing Spending Bill

Washington, D.C. - September 18, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Sen. David Vitter yesterday offered an amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development spending bill that would prohibit federal housing assistance from going to households that include drug dealers and members of violent gangs in New Orleans.

Governor Jindal Awards over $7 Million in Grants to St. Martin Parish

ST. MARTINVILLE, LA - September 16, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, Governor Bobby Jindal awarded five grants totaling $7,259,604 to St. Martin Parish that will go toward hurricane recovery, hazard mitigation and infrastructure improvements. Governor Jindal awarded the funds to local officials in a ceremonial check presentation during a townhall meeting in St. Martinville as part of his “Louisiana Working Tour.”

Federal Employees Volunteer with New Orleans Organizations on Rebuilding Projects

4 Day Service Project Around Katrina 4th Anniversary is Part of the President's United We Serve Initiative. New Orleans, LA - August 27, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Nearly 100 Obama Administration officials and federal employees are volunteering with New Orleans organizations over the next four days to mark the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The four-day effort was launched today in front of the Rebuilding Together New Orleans Community Center, one of several sites at which volunteers will be working. When it is completed, the center will house AmeriCorps NCCC volunteers serving New Orleans.

HUD Secretary Donovan joins Elected, Housing Officials to Celebrate Groundbreaking at Former Lafitte Community

Work Begins at Former Public Housing Site As Katrina Anniversary Nears. August 26, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- WHO: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO), Capital One, Enterprise, L+M Development Partners, Louisiana Housing Finance Agency (LHFA), Louisiana Recovery Authority/Office of Community Development and Providence Community Housing

Additional Millions Provided To Rebuild Orleans’ Nursing Home

NEW ORLEANS, LA - August 21, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Lafon Nursing Facility of the Holy Family, with the help of an additional $2.3 million federal grant, is currently rebuilding so that it can once again service New Orleans' elderly, announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA)

Congresswoman Maxine Waters Holds First Housing Subcommittee Hearing in New Orleans

New Orleans, LA - August 21, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity, today held the Subcommittee’s first of two hearings assessing access to and maintenance of quality housing in New Orleans four years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city

Secretary Napolitano Announces $32 Million in Funding for Rebuilding Projects at Southern University at...

New Orleans, LA - August 18, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced more than $32 million in funding for the rebuilding of four educational buildings at the Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO)—reflecting Secretary Napolitano’s strong commitment to recovery efforts in Louisiana following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Former Standard Mortgage Corporation Clerk Charged With Computer Fraud

NEW ORLEANS, LA - August 13, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Jodie Hoang, age 34, a resident of Houston, Texas, was charged in a one-count bill of information with computer fraud, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. According to the bill of information, HOANG was an accounting clerk at Standard Mortgage Corporation located in New Orleans. The company had a computer system in place which contained accounting software used in the production and maintenance of mortgages. Part of the defendant’s duties was to process funds received at loan closings. The bill of information alleges that HOANG used the computer system to changed the deposit code for payments made by customers at mortgage closings and then created checks payable to herself or her credit card providers

Rebuilding Together Celebrates Milestone 500th Home Rebuild Project for America’s Veterans

Major Housing Organization Provides Substantial Rehabilitation of Military Family Homes. Washington D.C. - August 7, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, Rebuilding Together, the nation's leading nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership, proudly announced that their Veterans Housing program completed substantial rehabilitation and repairs at the homes of 500 military families across the country.

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T & I Committee Passes Graves’ Legislation to Improve Disaster Recovery

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure advanced a slate of bills today, including a bipartisan disaster relief bill authored by Reps. Garret Graves (LA-6) and Stacey Plaskett (D-V.I.). The legislation, H.R. 1311 is designed to help communities recover from disasters and increase disaster program transparency and oversight