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Volume 7 - Number 10

May 9, 2014

Budget Bill Bars Agencies from Eminent Domain

The House Appropriations Committee this week approved the FY 2015 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill, which, among other, things contains a provision prohibiting federal housing agencies from facilitating the use of eminent domain in resolving foreclosure problems. Specifically, the FHA, Ginnie Mae and the Department of Housing and Urban Development would not be allowed to use funds appropriated by Congress to “insure, securitize or establish a federal guarantee” of any mortgage or mortgage-backed security that refinances or replaces a mortgage that has been subject to eminent domain condemnation or seizure by a state, municipality or any other political subdivision of a state. In addition, the bill would prohibit the use of appropriated funds or any receipts or amounts collected under any FHA program to implement the FHA’s new Homeowners Armed with Knowledge (HAWK) program. HUD has proposed to ...

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