The United States Government gives great importance to the safety and welfare of its people. It recognizes the unqualified need for safe, affordable, and quality housing opportunities which should be accessible to all citizens of the United States, may it be the wealthy, or the low to moderate-income individuals.
The government has established quite a pack of agencies that are specially designed to administer housing programs and aid the needs of home purchasers, renters, and property developers.
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development, otherwise referred to as HUD, is the government’s leading agency for supporting and aiding all housing-related concerns.
The mission of the HUD is to “create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all; strengthen the housing market to reinforce the economy and protect consumers; meet the requirement for quality affordable rental homes: make use of housing as a platform for improving standard of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination.”
The HUD offers various programs and grants that are particularly designed to impact the way consumers and property developers do business. Some of the most notable programs of the HUD are the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), the HOME Program, Shelter Plus Care, Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG), Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy program, and THE Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program.
HUD also offers grants, like the Project Rental Assistance Demonstration Programme, which was specifically established to provide project-based rental assistance funds to State housing agencies and identify, stimulate, and support sustaining innovative state approaches which will transform the provision of housing for people with disabilities while providing access to appropriate support and services.
In the meantime, the Rural Housing Preservation Grants, seeks to assist extremely low- and low-income homeowners in repairing and rehabilitating their houses in rural areas, as well as to assist rental property owners and co-operative housing complexes in repairing and rehabilitating their units if they agree to make such units available and accessible to low- and really low-income persons.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is the mother agency in the Executive branch of the US federal government. Therefore it can not completely function and operate state-wide, which is practically the reason why each state has established their own housing agency and authority.
New York has the State of New York Mortgage Agency. California has California Housing Finance Agency, while Washington has Washington State Housing Finance Commission.
All these agencies offer programs which are tailored to the needs of their residents —- may they be first time homebuyers, renters, or real estate developers.
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