LA Buys its Foreclosed Homes to Refurbish and Resell

Los Angeles has begun using its $33 million in funds from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program to jumpstart neighborhoods blighted by foreclosure. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan visited a South Los Angeles neighborhood Wednesday.
April 9, 2009, 2pm PDT | Judy Chang
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"Donovan was in Los Angeles to tour some of the homes the city is buying with its share of the $6 billion in federal money being given to local governments to buy foreclosures under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. He was joined by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles), who wrote the bill that created the program.

The city intends to use its $33-million piece of that money to turn some of the homes into low-income rental housing. Others it will refurbish and sell to low-income and moderate-income families.

'We want to bring real families into these neighborhoods, not more investors,' said Mercedes Marquez, the head of the city's housing agency."

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Published on Thursday, April 9, 2009 in Los Angeles Times
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