HUD redefines 'foreclosed,' 'abandoned'

$3.92B in funds must be allocated by September

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has expanded the definitions of "foreclosed" and "abandoned" properties in order to speed up their purchase and rehabilitation, the housing agency announced Friday.

The agency’s $5.9 billion Neighborhood Stabilization Program grants funds to selected nonprofits and state and local governments for activities that will benefit low- and moderate-income people who don’t make more than 120 percent of an area’s median income. The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 established the program, which was further expanded with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.