Blog: UN attempted end run around US Constitution

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In mid-2012, the World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability (WCJGLES) was held in Brazil. The goal of the congress was to

“contribute to the support of Chief Justices, Attorneys General, Auditors Generals and other legal experts to the achievement of sustainable development and to provide inputs to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio +20.” continued…

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Bill McKee‘s insight:

Authoritarian regimes- members of the farcical United Nations-  are intent upon imposing their authoritarian views on America.  Here is a recent example of that effort.  The last thing Globalists want is for America to remain free from their clutches and want desparately to bring America down so that they can plunder at will.

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IRS charge cards used for pornography, wine, $4,000 in kazoos and more: report

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Report from the Treasury Inspector General for tax administration reveals a host of improper purchases by Internal Revenue Service employees.

Bill McKee‘s insight:

The IRS .. a priveleged “class” that is deemed above the law.. above common decency..and just another group of people dependent upon hard working private sector to support their addictions and entitlement worldview.

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Perspective: The Obama Record- More Govt- Less Liberty

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Originally, this country was considered a wasteland and dumping ground for the dregs of society. Specifically, England would send the criminals and anyone that was opposed to the Church of England here as a punishment. The expectation was that the vastness of this wilderness would “solve” the problem as most if not all were expected to succumb to the wildness of America.

What transpired is that the vast majority survived and prospered in this environment. This is a testament to the tenacity of our forbearers. When this was realized, England soon wanted undue and disproportional taxes from these settlers. This created discontent and soon there was talk of secession from English rule. This talk continued for quite a while, until the anger overflowed and the “Declaration of Independence” was written and sent to the King of England. Our founding fathers knew when they sent that document, there would be an immediate military response and England would not willingly give up the tax revenue nor allow one of its colonies to “disrespect” the King.
The Revolutionary War was then fought and freedom for America was won. Our founding fathers went back to work to draw up a Constitution to establish the exact form of government. It was decided that we would have a Republic and adhere to the rule of law. They established three separate and distinct branches as a checks and balances system to ensure for all time that this form of government would prevail. Our founding fathers even went so far as to call this an experiment. The three branches were the Presidency, which would be the ultimate administrator. Next is Congress, which is comprised of the House and Senate, tasked with oversight and the responsibility for making and passing laws. Finally, there was the Supreme Court of the United States, and their sole responsibility was to administer the law in a firm, fair, and impartial manner. All one has to do is to look at the icon for the court. She is Lady Justice. She is blindfolded, and she is holding a balance beam scale in her hand. She is to be blind to all but the law and will be fair and balanced. She is to administer the law in a firm, fair, and impartial manner, without regard for any other branch or person.
This worked well for well over one hundred years, until the Supreme Court was asked and responded to interpreting the law. This was not only wrong, it was illegal. If anyone with even a modicum of common sense thought about it, by interpreting the law, the Supreme Court is now legislating from the bench. We no longer require the Congress and should no longer pay their salaries. The president can tell the courts exactly what he wants, and they interpret the way that he wants and rule in his favor. We then no longer have a Republic and are headed towards tyranny which we fought a war to escape when we created this country originally.

So how did we get here and what do we do? How we got here was slow and deliberate for a very long time. Both political parties are equally culpable in the total destruction of this country, and especially the destruction of the Constitution.

To retake or return this country back to the once great status and freedoms that we all enjoyed, all that we have to do is to adhere to the Constitution and demand that our elected officials act in accordance with their oath in all matters, especially the part about defending the Constitution.

Since September 11, 2001, there has been a steady assault on the Constitution beginning with the 4th Amendment. This was further assaulted in the current administration with the TSA searches at airports. Additionally, when the current resident of the White House was running for president, he stated that the Constitution was an antiquated document that should be revisited. He also stated that he would fundamentally change this country. He is doing both. He first stated that we were not a Christian Nation. He was and is wrong.

So let’s take out our score cards and take look at what has happened since January 22, 2008.

1. Within hours of taking his oath, the new president, through executive order, eliminated Posse Comitatus. This was the 1878 law that prevented the United States military from policing on U.S. soil.

2. Next was the Food Safety Bill that makes it illegal for anyone to grow their own food.

3. At some point (we do not have all the details yet) a plan was conceived and executed by the ATF, through the Department of Justice and the NSC, (which is chaired by the President) to sell guns illegally through “straw” purchases to people who cannot legally purchase or own guns. The explanation was that they would be tracked into Mexico and to the cartels to charge and litigate against the illegal drug trade. The problem is that Mexico was not apprised of this and one or more of these weapons made their way back across the border. On December 24, 2010, a United States Border Patrol Agent, Brian Terry, was killed with one of these guns and the weapon was left at the scene. During the subsequent investigation, it was discovered that there was a second operation that originated in Florida and was called Operation Gun Runner. This was to do the same thing, but sell the guns to Central America and track these guns back to the cartels. Several of these guns have been tracked to Mexico and at least two have been traced to homicides in central Los Angeles. There is rumored to be a third operation that was in the heartland and was directly selling guns to known gang members. The logical conclusion is that the powers that be wanted to have a multitude of violent incidents in several locations of the United States to show that the proliferation of guns was out of control and that the 2nd Amendment should be abolished.

4. Next was the NDAA. In September of 2011 the President requested that there be a bill passed that allowed him to declare anyone a “domestic terrorist” and allow for the arrest, detention, incarceration, torture, and subsequent killing of these persons without charges, trial, or any “due process” of any kind. This was quickly shot down. In December, the NDAA, National Defense Authorization Act was passed. While the basic bill is of little consequence, contained within this bill was the September bill. The President signed it into law on December 31, 2011.

5. In 2009, the Health Care Bill was passed. Nancy Pelosi stated on camera, “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” When, if ever, has anyone signed a contract that they did not read? This was shoved down our throats. The funding was in dispute at best, not to mention all the forced services and refusal of services based upon a government panel that was not medical. Now we find out that the President has forced contraception and abortion on religious medical providers, contrary to their ethics, morals, and conscience. This has nothing to do with contraception as this was decided and settled under Roe V Wade. This was a clear violation of the separation of Church and State as the president has declared himself Lord and Master of the United States.
For those that are trying to keep score, here is the big picture. The pro-gun community will argue that the 2nd Amendment is the cornerstone of the Constitution, and I would agree with this. When the Constitution was originally written, there was much that was left out, and the founding father went back to the drawing board and created the Bill of Rights. It is very important that one understands that the very first three words of the Constitution set the stage for this form of government and all that follows, “We the People.” Next is the Bill of Rights and the following phrase, “We are endowed by our Creator, with certain unalienable rights”.

So what does this mean to us? What does this mean to us in this day and age, when the president has declared that we are not a Christian Nation? Since it should be obvious that things have changed severely since 2008, we should be focused on one issue and one issue only. That would be the positive restoration of the Constitution. This paper is not pointing fingers at one particular political party as they are both culpable in the total destruction of the United States and particularly the Constitution. This is to advise and enlighten all that are willing to listen to the voice of reason that we are in serious trouble. The best candidate in the upcoming election will be the one who is dedicated to the restoration of the Constitution as the law of the land.
The second amendment was written to be self explanatory. Unfortunately most people are unwilling to read or understand the basis of our history and how and why it was written. When you talk to most people, they are stuck on one word and one word alone. That word is militia. The vast majority of people truly believe that it refers directly to the National Guard or the military of the United States. We must understand that when we had won our independence from England, we were broke, and could not afford to establish, pay, outfit, and maintain any type of army or military service, other than the United States Navy to protect our shores and sovereignty. To fully understand the term militia, we have to understand that there was a law passed that required every able bodied man between the ages of 15 to 60 to own one musket, one pound of powder, and one pound of lead, and maintain these at all times for a “call to arms”. When Paul Revere made his epic ride, this was a call to arms. The citizen soldier was the militia. We were all the militia. This stayed pretty much this way until 1878 when there was a Federal law that instituted the National Guard. While this was all well and good, there was no actual funding until 1909. So we are right back to the citizen soldier and that anyone of good character, free from prosecution has the right, granted by his creator to keep and bear arms. The right of self defense cannot ever be granted by a government as they then have the right to take it away. Aaron Burr, shortly after the Bill of Rights was written was asked about the 2nd Amendment. He stated, “Because of what we have just been through, no standing army shall ever be more powerful then the people who they are paid to protect.” The phrase, because of what we had just been through, refers directly to the Revolutionary War.
No Administration would ever dare to attempt to subjugate the Constitution unless they could repeal the 2nd Amendment. Nobody wants a civil war or a new revolution. If they are able to repeal the 2nd, then they can completely change or destroy the Constitution. Since the attempt was made by this Administration, and it has failed thus far, several other aspects of the Constitution have and continue to come under attack. This is not without reason, as if they can do this without opposition, they can change our thought process and fundamentally change this country, FOREVER!

With the attack on the 1st Amendment, the 4th Amendment, the 8th, and 14th Amendment, it will be relatively easy to dispose of the 2nd, in light of the ability of the POTUS to declare any and all that oppose him a domestic terrorist and arrest, detain, incarcerate, torture, and finally kill them without regard for the piece of paper that we call the Constitution.


Many will say that it is half time and we are in the locker room trying to figure out a game plan to make a comeback. I will now tell you that it is really late in the 4th quarter and we are in serious trouble. It is time to pull the scrubs and put in the A-team. It is now time to use our trick play. While you are scratching your head and trying to figure out the trick play, I will say that I will not tell you the play. I will tell you where the play is written. READ THE CONSTITUTION!

When all else fails, there is the Constitution which outlines what our rights and responsibilities are. Thank God for our founding fathers and the Constitution. Part of the Gettysburg Address, “That this nation shall not perish from the earth”!
Do you want your heirs to look back on this time and say, what were my father, mother, grandfather, or grandmother thinking and doing? Why did they not see this happening and stop it?
Or would you rather be remembered as the generation that made a stand for God and country, and persevered and prevailed? Only you can answer these questions.
At this moment in time, you are either a friend of our nation or an enemy. Decide where you stand and why. May God have mercy on us all.

The Tale of 2 Countries

WWII ended with Japan cities being devastated.  What has happened since then, both in Japan and in the USA?

I seem to recall being told that radiation lasts thousands of years. 





  We all know that   Hiroshima   and   Nagasaki were destroyed in August 1945 after the explosion of atomic bombs.  However, we know little about the progress made by the people of that land  during the past 65 years.












 America….. Where unions destroy industries and jobs, while corrupted politicians substitute government welfare for those jobs, inviting wide dependency for hand outs for their “livelihood”.  You have eyes- use them to discern the fallout that always follows elitist, liberal social engineering policy and Union distortion of free markets.  The entire community where unions are allowed to dominate become ghetto’s, driving jobs overseas and bringing the next set of parasites.. corrupt politicians who “help” by creating an entire community that becomes welfare dependent, bring even more despair, crime and social backwardness.










What has caused more long term destruction… the  A-bomb, or U. S.  Government welfare programs created to buy the votes of those who want someone to take care of them?

Japan  does not have a welfare system.

Obama admininstration- Using Taxpayer Money to fund “Red Army”

‘Ayers’ pet project funded by Obama ‘stimulus’ plan

Taxpayer money also channeled to school founded by top White House adviser’s mom

Posted: November 30, 2011
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President Obama’s stimulus legislation helped to fund an education initiative associated with Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, according to a recently released book.

“Red Army: The Radical Network that must be defeated to save America” contains new information about Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s own radical ties while revealing how stimulus funds also went to a school founded by the mother of top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.

“Red Army” authors Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott dedicate two chapters to investigating Obama’s education policies.

In one revelation, the book details how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, or ARRA, provided $650 million to the Investing in Innovation Fund, or i3, as it is called. That year, Duncan announced his agency was accepting applications for i3 grants from educational nonprofits, individual school districts or groups of districts.

The winning i3 grantees included the Erikson Institute in Chicago, which requested just shy of $5 million for its project, “Achieving High Standards for Pre-K-Grade 3 Mathematics: A Whole Teacher Approach to Professional Development.”

“Red Army: The Radical Network that must be defeated to save America” exposes the extremists behind Occupy Wall Street along with the radical socialist network that seized political power in Washington over decades, shaped Obama’s presidential agenda and threatens the very future of the U.S.

One of the three faculty founders, and president of the institute from 1994 to 2001, is Barbara Taylor Bowman, the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development. Bowman is the mother of Valerie Jarrett.

In December 2009, Duncan honored Bowman at a luncheon. Bowman served as Duncan’s consultant on early learning for the first six months after he was named secretary of education.

Others in Obama’s orbit associated with the Erikson Institute include one of its former trustees and members of the executive committee – the late Thomas Ayers, father of Bill Ayers. Dohrn, Bill Ayers’ wife, also served on the Erikson board.

In his 1998 book “A Kind and Just Parent: The Children of Juvenile Court,” Ayers calls Bowman a “neighbor and a friend.”

Obama had earlier connections to Erikson, Klein and Elliot found. The Erikson Institute was among the first 35 school partnerships awarded funds in December 1995 by the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. Ayers was a founder of the Challenge; Obama was hired in 1995 as the group’s first chairman.

Obama and Ayers worked on education together since at least 1988.

That year, in response to a Chicago summit that documented the poor quality of education in the city, Chicago United, a group founded by Ayers’ father, formed a community advocacy coalition called the Alliance for Better Chicago Schools, or ABC. Thomas Ayers was the chairman and CEO of Commonwealth Edison.

When he created his ABCs Coalition in June 1988, Thomas Ayers included Obama in the coalition, Klein and Elliott found. Obama at the time was director and lead organizer of the Developing Communities Project, or DCP, an institutionally based community organization on Chicago’s Far South Side. Obama’s first job in Chicago was his DCP position.

The contact for the ABCs Coalition, on which Obama served, was none other than Bill Ayers himself, who at the time was at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

More Ayers ties

“Red Army” further documents how Obama’s DCP included on its board Bill Ayers’ brother, John Ayers, also a key player in Chicago’s school reform movement. John Ayers is now vice president and treasurer of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Archived papers from former Chicago mayor Harold Washington show that not only Ayers but also Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Father Michael Pfleger – Obama religious advisers who were controversial during the 2008 presidential campaign for their inflammatory remarks – were on Obama’s DCP youth counseling advisory committee.

Obama accused of deliberately overloading economy

“Red Army” exposes the radical socialist network that seized political power in Washington over decades, shaped Obama’s presidential agenda and threatens the very future of the U.S.

The book documents how Obama and progressive Democrats are deliberately overloading the U.S. financial system, using socialist designs to remake the economy.

With nearly 1,500 endnotes, it documents how these radicals aim to remake the American financial system with massive government control.

Just one more example showing how the abuse of the American Treasury and American Taxpayer is “business as usual” in the Obama administration. Another in a long list of ways “Big Government” is the sponsor of corruption in virtually every sector of American society. The abuse promises to get even worse if these corruptocrats are re-elected and remain in control of your checkbook.

Oregon Health Authority- wants to impose special rules on PRIVATE youth camps

whitsett.serendipityThumb Senator Whitsett: OHA rules too strict for camps

by Sen. Doug Whitsett (R-Klamath Falls)

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) attempted to impose new oppressive and capricious rules on Oregon camps (e.g. youth camps, scout camps, summer camps, day camps, nature camps, science & athletic camps) that would only apply to PRIVATE camps but NOT government camps! Enforcement is farmed out to county inspectors who are not consistent, who often are too adversarial and who sometimes make camp owners comply with things not even in the rules. The cost of compliance with the mindless detail in the regulation is forcing camps out of business. Some common sense is needed.

Last spring Senator Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) and I were approached by several organizational camp owners seeking relief from what they described as oppressive and even capricious administrative rules being enforced by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). The OHA is an agency with a multibillion dollar annual budget whose regulatory tentacles reach into nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Moreover, the camp owners told us that at that time OHA was in the process of drafting some thirty four pages of amended rules that would make compliance even more difficult and expensive. Continue reading

This is another example for why we must resist the urge by government to dominate the people. An ever enlarging and power hungry government is always a more intrusive and tyrannical government… wanting to control and take decisions away from the citizens. Government insists on imposing policies which, in ever increasing instances, are designed to overpower the freedom and liberty which made this country special and so attractive.

CDC Director Arrested for Child Molestation and Bestiality


Who, or What’s next? This article is just one more example of the decline or elimination altogether of morality in our American culture. Many Government schools have become sewers, filled with “instructors” who’s main objective is to promote and reward Licentious behavior, while mocking and threatening anyone who dares object to immoral behavior or promotions. When man turns away from the Truth, he becomes consumed with fleshly pursuits and licentiousness. This person, Kimberly Lindsey, is lost and deeply self absorbed. People behaving like her are well documented throughout history:

HUD gloats over immense cost of their “Public/Private” partnership.. and more

The latest bulletin produced by the NW regional offices of HUD (Housing and Urban Development) gives you some idea of the enormous sum of money consumed by this gigantic agency.  It’s stunning, actually.


As you read down the list of exciting things they are doing with your money, it’s clear to me that HUD is decidedly focused on finding creative ways to encourage lawsuits against property owners.. and, they spend taxpayer money like it wasn’t their own. 


Oh, wait, it’s not. 


For example, (scroll down to the heading, “Again“) The author of this monthly celebration nearly explodes with pride, giving HUD credit for building/financing a “green low income housing” project near Seattle involving 86 apartment units.  I mean, they have solar collectors that generate up to 10% of the energy needs of the complex. wow.


The cost?  Oh, just $32,000,000.  Or, just $372,000 per apartment!  How can they do so much with so little?  Now that I think about it..hold on.  Seems to me that $32,000,000 should provide WAY more than 86 apartments- even at $100,000 per unit, that would be 320 apartments. Another example of “public/private” partnership.. where the taxpaying partner puts up the money and the government and private “partner” race off with enormous profits.  But then, I’ve never been on the government payroll, so I’m probably not qualified to make such a biased observation of what it costs to provide “low income housing” these days.   Still, $372,000 per apartment sure seems steep to me.. especially when I know that my taxes and your taxes are being frivolously used to fund hundreds and maybe thousands of similar projects all over the nation. I know unsustainable when I see it.. and this reeks of “unsustainable”..


Congress claims to have a most difficult time trying to come up with meaningful and effecive ways to “cut” the budget.  Are you kidding me?  Have we all been transported to “Alice in Wonderland”?   Enjoy the read.  Your tax dollars are engorging an enormous beast we call government.  Isn’t it time we changed our “leadership” before they suck the remaining life blood from our being? Vote in 2012.. and let everyone you know understand that a clash similar to that which is going on in Greece at this moment is not that far fetched here in America if we allow government to continue to destroy America by insane and outrageous spending.


Northwest  HUD Lines


HUD e-Briefs from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon & Washington

Mary McBride, Region X Regional Administrator     206/220-5356       Leland Jones, Editor  


! ! ! NEWS FLASH ! ! !

HUD posts Fair Market Rents for Federal fiscal year 2012 on-line



Congrats to the of the 2011 Friends of Housing Awards conferred at the annual Washington Affordable Housing Conference held this year in Spokane — Ray Rieckers who just retired after 33 years with the Spokane Neighborhood Action Program; Elena Bassett, executive director of the Colville Indian Housing Authority; John Campbell,  retired architect and founder of the Orcas Island non-profit, Homes for Islanders; Marc Cote of the Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project; Mark Flynn, former director of multifamily housing development at HUD in Seattle and now a private consultant; Betsy Lieberman, the founding executive director of Building Changes; Ray Mooney, the Community Reinvestment Act officer at Spokane-based Sterling Savings; and Arlene Patton, the retired field office director at both HUD Spokane and HUD Boise.  The Commission’s Friend of Housing Awards recognize contributions in providing affordable housing to low- and moderate-income residents “Even though, in this economy, livelihoods are threatened and funding for housing and social services are reduced,” commented Kim Herman, the Commission’s executive director, “there is a strong resolve to succeed in our work and our honorees are remarkable in what they have each accomplished.”  Ladies and gentlemen, take a bow. You’ve earned it.



No surprise, there are lots of friends of housing in Oregon, too.  At the annual awards gala of the Oregon Opportunity Network in Portland, Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East the Meyer Memorial Trust, Home Forward’s GOALS Program, NEDCO’s partnership with Womenspace, Bienestar’s Resident Services Program, Human Solutions’ Rockwood Building and HDC’s AMPP Program were honored for their contributions to housing and Oregon’s non-profit sector. Real, live human beings also were honored with this year’s Star Players Jane Brown of the Housing Authority of Clackamas County, Ana Gomez of the Farmworker Housing Development Corporation, Merry Hart of Access, Terrill Jarvis of Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East, Lisa Judd of Northwest Housing Alternatives, Kaisa Krafft of St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County, Rachel Livernois of Central City Concern, Norma Marin of Hacienda CDC  Emma Martinez of Innovative Housing, Daryn Murphy of the Housing Development Center, Cyndi Natalello, Emily Reiman of NEDCO, Vivian Satterfield of Rose CDC, the Sweet 16 Relocation Team at Home Forward, Jorge Tello of Bienestar, Clayre Thompson of REACH CDC, Judy Werner and Tom Murphy of CPAH and Sarah Zahn of Home Forward.  Ladies and gentlemen, you should take a bow too.  Congrats!



The general section for HUD’s Notice of Funding Availability for fiscal year  2012 – October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012 – has been posted at   If you’re planning on applying for HUD funds in 2012, now’s the time to start getting ready.



You’re all set October 24th and 25th to head to Salem, right?  If not, you should because that’s when and where Oregon Housing & Community Services is holding its Oregon Housing Conference.  If you’re “in” housing, It’s well worth the trip, well worth your time,  For more, visit… 



White House says President Obama has nominated Maurice Jones, currently President of Pilot Media serving Virginia’s Hampton Roads area and, formerly, director of Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions program and Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Social Services as HUD’s new Deputy Secretary. . .Washington State Homeownership Resource Center in Shoreline receives $560,000 grant from Washington Housing Finance Commission generated from 2010 settlement with Wells Fargo for bad loans made by Wachovia that will, says KOMO-TV, be used to help Center “provide free housing counseling to distressed homeowners”. .. .. Justice Department files suit against the developers, builders and designers of 2275-unit Gateway Village Apartments in Salem alleging violations of Fair Housing Act for designing and building complex with barriers making it inaccessible to persons with disabilities. . .Low Income Housing Institute celebrates grand opening of Gossett Place – in honor of chair of the King County Council – which provides 63 units of permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans, young people and couples in Seattle’s University District. . .Wenatchee World says City Council in process of donating city-owned property to Hospitality House shelter so that it may go forward with plans to develop more transitional housing. . .Coquille Valley Hospital celebrates completion “right on track,” saysKCBY-TV, of exterior structure of new, $26 million FHA-insured hospital building. . . Peninsula Clarion says North Kenai house being built by Central Peninsula Habitat for Humanity – its 17th home in 18 years – is on schedule for completion April 1st. . .First-ever Housing First Partners Conference seeking by October 15th, proposals for papers to be presented in March in New Orleans at . .HUD charges owner and manager of a Lakewood, Washington trailer park with discriminating on the basis of disability . . .Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services opens NeighborWorks Homeownership Center in Corvallis. . .SafePlace in Olympia one of six organizations nationwide to win $450,000 Justice Department Office of Violence Against Women grant to identify best practices in “reaching more sexual assault survivors and providing comprehensive sexual assault services”. . .”I wouldn’t call it saving my life, but they saved my house which is part of my life,” retired school teacher Linda Owens tells Idaho Press Tribune about the roof repaired by the City of Nampa, one of 20 homes it’s rehabbed this year, “they have really saved my bacon, I tell you.”



Northwest HUD Lines, of course, likes to keep it local and focuses on the work of HUD and its partners in the Northwest.  This one time, though, we’d like to mention an item in a recent edition of the Bismarck, North Dakota Tribune.  The Bismarck City Commission recently voted to give $100,000 of its 2011 HOME funds to help Minot with its shortage of affordable housing during its flood recovery,” reported The Tribune.  Notwithstanding the housing needs of Bismarck, Mayor John Warford said it, was a “fantastic” idea.  He’s right.



The Seattle Housing Authority’s done it again, completing on-time and within budget and celebrating the grand opening of yet another HUD HOPE VI Revitalization Project – the $32 million, 86-unit Lake City Court.  The 1.8 acre site used to be home to a 16-building public housing complex known as Park Lane Apartments that was beset by the persistent flooding of Thornton Creek.  It was demolished by the City of Seattle in 2001.  It’s not the first, nor is it the biggest of the authority’s, with Lake City, six HOPE VI projects.  But it’s probably the most cutting-edge. Its roof has one of the largest residential solar arrays in the state that, even in not-so-sunny Seattle, is expected to meet 10 percent of the building’s energy needs.  It’s got a solar hot water system that will serve at least half of its buildings.  Apartments are heated with high-efficiency gas-fired hydronic heat. In fact, Lake City Court is some 30 percent more energy efficient than the typical, newly-constructed apartment complex.  And now only the salmon have to navigate the somewhat turbulent waters of Thornton Creek.



Almost certainly it was one of the first bedtime stories you heard too.  These three little pigs build a house of straw.  A big, bad and, frankly, pretty bent-out-of-shape wolf shows up, is denied admittance and promptly huffs, then puffs and blows that house down. Times change, though, building technologies and, these days, that big, bad wolf would be no match for straw.  Just ask the members of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in Plummer, Idaho.  The Tribe has just celebrated the grand opening of The Gathering Place, an three-building,18-unit affordable housing complex funded by built with funds from HUD and the Recovery Act.  It was constructed, by the way, using 6,000 bales of straw.  But that’s not good news for the big, bad wolf.  Pick up a handful of straw and it can almost light as a feather.  Try to pick up a bale of the stuff and there’s a chance you’ll throw out your back.  That’s because that bale has mass and, stacked on top of each other and covered with stucco, no amount of huffin’ and puffin’ is going to bring that house down.  Even better, straw is five times more resistant to heat transfer than brick veneer.  With an up to R-50 rating, those who live in these houses of straw  will stay warm on the coldest winter’s day and cool on the hottest day of the summer.  Outside it might be 95, inside it’ll feel like 68 to 72. “In all of our research straw bales are unsurpassed in terms of energy efficiency,” Garvin Tenold, owner of Pura Vida Homes in Spokane, that helped build The Gathering Place told Down to Earth News.  The number 1 benefit of a straw bale wall system is how this thermal mass maintains a constant interior temperature.”  The tribal housing authority plans, says The Spokane Journal of Business, to develop more “straw-some” housing at The Gathering Place.  If these first 18 live up to their advance billing, it’s sure to find there’s plenty of demand.  .



The mostly elderly residents of Wonderland Estates, a 109-space mobile home park east of Renton, were pretty sure they were going to have to find a new place to live in 2007.  The owner had begun closing it down, planning to re-develop it as single-family or condominium housing.  Thanks to a partnership with King County, the King County Housing Authority stepped in and purchased the property.  Unfortunately, the site was in the best of shape and the authority has spent the past four years looking for ways to rebuild its infrastructure. It’s taken longer than expected, but it’s now found the way and has announced that a combination of Federal tax credits and state, county and authority resources will allow it to leverage up to $4 million in private equity to finance new water, sewer, electric, al, phone and cable systems, to tear out existing and install new streets and street lights, to replace the storm water drainage system and to refurbish the community center, inside and out., It’s also launching a partnership with the Boeing Employees Credit Union to provide low-interest loan to qualified low-income seniors to buy mobile homes.  Work will begin in 2012, says authority board chair Nancy Holland-Young, insuring that “Wonderland continues to be a valuable housing resource for low-income seniors for the next 50 years.”  



HUD Secretary Donovan reports that Recovery Act’s Homeless Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing Program has prevented or ended the homelessness of 2,741 people in Alaska, 6,125 people in Idaho, 12,292 people in Oregon and 16,542 people in Washington. . . Home Forward – the new name of the Housing Authority of Portland – wins $50,000 grant to provide job training, employment, and contract opportunities for low-income residents in connection with HUD-funded projects . . .Traci Manning, chief operating officer of Central City Concern, named as new head of Portland Housing Bureau. . .Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority wins $50,000 USDA Rural Development grant to “update” 30-year old Kake Elderly Building starting with a brand new roof. . .Bellingham/Whatcom Housing Authority provides public tours of the new, 6,200 square-foot green roof on the Lincoln Square public housing complex whose 90 solar panels, reportsBellingham Herald, will generate 21,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity a year meeting 3 percent of Lincoln Square’s electricity needs. . .Just a couple of days after Seattle Housing Authority gets word it’s a $10.7 million HUD Choice Neighborhoods grant for revitalization of Yesler Terrace, Seattle Times reports that about 150 mostly-young volunteers spent a Saturday “pruning, planting” and “painting” the building that houses Yesler Terrace’s Head Start Center. . .Better late than never, congrats to Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman and The Miracle Club on grand opening of 5-story, 40-unit apartment complex for recovering addicts, funded in part by the Recovery Act. . .”Janice Strong of Strong Appraisals in Wasilla named REALTOR of the year by Alaska Association of REALTORS. . .Around 3,000 people” – a record – “crammed” into the Deschutes County Fair Exposition Center in Redmond, says KTVZ-TV, for 5th annual Project Connect. . .Washington Farmworker Housing Trust issues report study finding, reports KPLU, “increasing numbers of families in Walla Walla County are living in overcrowded conditions”. . .Clark County’s CDBG program wins an Award of Excellence from the Association for County Community and Economic Development for its partnership with Consolidated Diking Improvement District in insuring the safety of levees along the Columbia River. . .HUD’s competitively awards almost $3.8 million in Indian Community Development Block Grant funds to the Native Village of Kwinhagak and  the Knik, Coos-Lower Umpqua-Siuslaw, Coquille,  Klamath,   Lummi  Puyallup,  Spokane and Swinomish Tribes for housing and economic development projects.



HUD’s awarded the Portland Housing Bureau a $1,365,900grant rant for its Springboard to Stability, Self-Sufficiency and Health (S4H) initiative that will serve some 60 households annually who are living with HIV/AIDS and who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness. Portland’s S4H program was one of seven cross-program initiatives nationwide to be funded by HUD as a Special Project of National Significance under HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program.  Projects in Boston, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Albany/Rochester and Maine also were selected for the almost $8.9 million in funding.  A total of 46 initiatives were considered for the designation and funding.  The award winners, said HUD Secretary Donovan, “will be innovating to more effectively and efficiently assist vulnerable households with HIV and serve as models for others to improve health outcomes and reduce risks of homelessness.”


What’s the most pressing issue for residents of public and assisted housing?  Like everybody else in the current economic downturn, it’s probably “jobs, jobs and more jobs.”  Preparing and connecting those residents to jobs is the major focus of HUD’s Family Self Sufficiency programs. Those efforts got a boost in September as HUD competitively awarded a total of $7,950,974 to 40 public and tribal housing authorities and five privately-owned rental complexes in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington under three programs that will allow them to hire or retain service coordinators to, says HUD Secretary Donovan, “open doors” for public housing residents and recipients of Housing Choice Vouchers to education and employment opportunities.  “Like everyone else,” said HUD Northwest Regional Administrator McBride, “these residents dream of being self sufficient and these programs have proven themselves more than capable of helping make that dream come true.”



The efforts to revitalize Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood got a big boost in September when the Tacoma Housing Authority was one of just five authorities across the country to win a HUD Capital Fund Education & Training Community Facilities grant.  The authority plans to  use the $1,881,652 award to build an 8,500 square-feet, two-story early childhood education, adult education and job training center near its Hillsdale Terrace public housing complex.    Partners in the project will include Bates Technical College, Tacoma Goodwill and Tacoma Public Schools. “This new center will help Tacoma Housing Authority and its community partners extend our efforts to invest in new construction in the Hilltop neighborhood,” said authority executive director Michael Mirra. “Through the center, THA will advance its emphasis on education for residents of all ages,”



Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter names Idaho Falls businessman Jeff Sayer as new director of Idaho Department of Commerce. . .FHA issues new standards, effective September 23rd, for “obtaining, maintaining and utilizing” approved FHA lender status at . .Fawn Sharp, chair of the Quinault Nation, elected president of Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians. . . President Obama nominates Spokane Mayor Mary Verner to the board of the national Institute of Building Sciences. . .Pocatello Neighborhood Housing Services hosts “open house” for two, newly-constructed homes on empty lots at the corner of Carter and Arthur that were built only after “10 truck loads” of boulders were removed says Idaho State Journal. . .Makah Tribal Council, Squaxin Island Tribe, Alaska Manufacturing Extension Project, City of Tanana and University of Alaska Anchorage awarded total of $561,000 in USDA Rural Development funds to support small business and job creation opportunities”. . .Anita Yap, most recently the community development director in Damascus, named deputy executive director of Home Forward, Portland’s housing authority. . .WorkSource Columbia Basin in Kennewick nominated, says Tri-City Herald, for 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for its work with veterans. . .Joni Schneider of Heartland Realty in Fairbanks elected president of Alaska Association of REALTORS . .Rick Crager reports that, as of early September, Oregon Housing & Community Service’s has distributed “more than $14 million” in Mortgage Assistance Payments to help to help homeowners who’ve lost their job or become unemployed during the current recession. . .Confederated Tribes of Siletz complete Recovery Act-funded expansion of Neachesna Village in Neotsu, bringing the total number of affordable and “green” – Energy Star appliances, no-tank water heaters – to 28 units. .  Housing Assistance Council at population increases reported in 2010 Census may cause 500 communities nationwide – including 34 in Northwest – to lose eligibility for USDA Rural Development programs. . .Community Action Team begins accepting applications for seven “self help” houses to be built in Warrenton, says The Astorian, starting this fall. . .Bremerton Housing Authority awards $10,000 grants each to Oasis, YWCA, Max Hale Center, Communitas and Bremerton Central Lions Foundation to, says Kitsap Sun, “support local housing-related projects”. . .Advocates Against Family Violence celebrate grand opening of $3.4 million, 48-unit Hope Plaza in Caldwell for victims of domestic violence.



“Our sub-grantee” housing counseling “agencies,” reported Washington State Housing Finance Commission executive director Kim Herman in June, “assisted 2,210 households in the last 12 months. Out of this number, 2,159” – or 98 percent – “avoided foreclosure.”



Shamira Moore’s wanted to find a way out of an abusive relationship.  Thanks to the Yakima YWCA’s transitional housing program, she’s finally found it.  “It’s just a safe place,” the mother of five told Karma Dickinson of KNDO-TV, “the safest place I can be right now.”  Without it, she noted, he’d “have weaseled his way back into my life.”  Strong stuff and worth a read at… 


“There’s an assumption that housing counselors are only looking at cases from the homeowner’s perspective. Financial advocates are very aware that the bank needs to make its money and that we cannot save every house that comes through our doors. We do make it about the numbers. And we can give people an advocate who understands their circumstances, but we also give them a perspective that if the loan doesn’t make sense to us it’s not going to make sense to the bank.” – A comment by Yvonne Fengler, a housing counselor with Consumer Credit Counseling of the Tri-Cities in the June 2011 edition of My View by Kim Herman, executive director of the Washington State Housing Finance Commission which includes a series of thoughtful, even provocative interviews with 12 of the “players” who helped make Washington state’s Foreclosure Fairness Act which become law, effect July 23rd.  Read it at



HUD sets October 20th deadline to apply for Energy Innovation funds as part of multifamily pilot program. . .HUD sets October 28th deadline to apply for Continuum of Care funds to support homeless programs. . .Idaho Housing & Finance Association sets October 31st deadline for public comment on its statewide Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing. . . Home Depot Foundation sets October 31st deadline to apply for Community Impact Grants of up to $5,000 to support “using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community,” especially those that identify projects for veterans, seniors, and/or the disabled ”. . .Sustainable Building Industry Council sets November 15th deadline to submit entries in 2011 national Beyond Green High-Performance Building Awards competition. . .Alaska Department of Commerce sets December 2nd deadline for incorporated cities or boroughs outside of Anchorage to apply for CDBG grants of up to $850,000. . .Housing Assistance Council sets December 12th as deadline to apply for Rural Senior Housing Funds to “support activities that will build, preserve or advocate” for housing for the elderly in rural areas. . ,Department of Energy sets December 14th deadline to apply for CONNECT grants to “support energy technology conferences, workshops, and other events”. . .Corporation for National & Community Service sets December 21st to file letter of intent and January 18th to for up to $50,000 in American Tribal Planning grants to build capacity to recruit and manage volunteers, completing community assessments and developing new systems in technology, performance management and training.



New, lower FHA loan limits took effect in more than 600 “high cost” counties across the country effective Monday, October 1st as required by the Housing & Economic Recovery Act of 2008.  For the new limits in your area, please see



. . .the September 19th HUD Webcast on the how-to’s and what-for’s of applying for HUD Multifamily Energy Innovation Funds – applications due October 20th – the Webcast is available on-line at .  B.Y.O.P. rule in effect



HUD Anchorage offers workshop on completing Indian Housing Plan and Annual Performance Review documents, October 4th to 6th to 4th, Anchorage.…


HUD offers a Webinar on the In’s and Out’s of Selling HUD Homes, October 6th.…


Innovative Changes offers Financial Household Resiliency Workshop on Budgeting & Saving, October 8th, Portland. Visit


HUD Seattle offers workshop on Procurement for NAHASDA-Funded Purchasing, Contracting and Other Activities, October 12th to 14th, Seattle.… 


NeighborWorks & Chase host “crash course” on Credit Counseling for Maximum Results, October 11th to 13th, Seattle. Visit…


Oregon Housing & Community Services hosts Charrette to help local Oregon communities develop their 10-year plans to end and prevent homelessness, October 11th & 12th, Redmond.…


Oregon Affordable Housing Management Association hosts Rural Development Section 515 Boot Camp, October 13th & 14th Salem. Visit…


Innovative Changes offers Financial Household Resiliency Workshop on Hands-On Baking, October 15th, Portland. Visit 


Inman News hosts Agent Reboot on making use of cutting-edge technology in real estate agents, October 18th, Boise.  Visit 


Idaho Energy & Green Building Conference, October 19th to 21st, Boise.…


Annual Conference of Alaska Federation of Natives, October 20th to 22nd, Anchorage.…


Washington State Senior Citizens Fall Conference, October 21st, Tacoma. Visit


Oregon Housing & Community Services hosts 2011 Oregon Housing Conference, October 24th & 25th, Salem. Visit…


Annual conference of National Community Land Trust, October 24th to 27th, Seattle.…


2011 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, October 25th to 27th, Vancouver, B.C.…


Annual conference of National Congress of American Indians, October 30th to November 4th, Portland. Visit…


HUD Seattle offers workshop on NAHASDA Essentials, November 1st to 3rd, Seattle.… 


Annual conference of Alaska Municipal League, November 7th to 11th, Fairbanks.…


HUD Anchorage offers workshop on NAHASDA Essentials, November 8th to 10th, Anchorage.…


Oregon Asset Building Conference, November 9th & 10th,… 


HUD Northwest hosts free, Fair Housing Basics Webinar, November 17th.…