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Category: Affordable Housing
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Renovation begins for pioneering senior home 31.10.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Ebenezer Tower’s $10.2 million project will remodel common areas, modernize elevators and more.
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Some On Public Housing Waitlists Are Moving To Get Vouchers 30.10.2014 NPR: All Things Considered
Waitlists for vouchers in big cities are often years long, or closed altogether. So some people seeking housing aid are heading to small cities, like Cheyenne, Wyo., because of shorter wait times.
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Garcetti: Build 100K new homes in Los Angeles by 2021 30.10.2014 LA Times: Business
Calling the cost of housing one of Los Angeles’ biggest challenges, Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday announced a goal for 100,000 new homes in the city by 2021.
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Affordable housing: Making sure everyone has community's interest in mind 30.10.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Given The Seattle Times critique of the Seattle City Council’s recent proposal to assess market-rate housing developers with a linkage fee leaves me wondering how The Times would propose that we finance and build more affordable and low-income housing within our city ["Don’t blame develo
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Some On Public Housing Waitlists Are Taking Their Vouchers To Smaller Cities 30.10.2014 NPR: All Things Considered
In the last few years demand for public housing assistance has skyrocketed, while congressional funding has stayed flat. Right now federal funds covers less than a quarter of families in the United States eligible for a housing voucher. Waitlists for vouchers in big cities are often years long, if not closed all together. That means those seeking housing aid are heading to small cities, like Cheyenne, Wyo., because of shorter wait times.
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State announces grant to help build high-rise near Chinatown 29.10.2014 Philly.com News
The 23-story Eastern Tower Community Center will house a community center, preschool, health center, apartments, offices, retail space.
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Renters love rent control, but Seattle doesn’t need it 29.10.2014 Seattle Times: Opinion
The topic of rent control bubbles to the surface whenever housing costs spike as they are in Seattle, but the policy is better left out of the conversation on keeping housing affordable.
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Here Are The Biggest Campaign Whoppers Of The 2014 Midterms 29.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Braley’s VA Hearing Attendance Under Attack , Aug. 1 Misleading Ads About Taxes Nothing, the saying goes, is as certain as death and taxes. To that we might add “and misleading political ads about taxes.” As usual, 2014 campaigns have been filled with bloated boasts about tax cuts and off-base accusations that an opponent has raised taxes. The bipartisan deal reached on New Year’s Day in 2013 to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff provided plenty of ad fodder for both sides. Known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, the compromise agreement permanently extended Bush-era income tax cuts for everyone except for individuals making more than $400,000 and couples making more than $450,000 a year. That led to a grossly misleading boast by McConnell, the Senate minority leader from Kentucky, who voted for the bipartisan deal. McConnell claimed he “[s]aved 99% of Kentuckians from Obama’s Tax Increases.” But Obama’s plan would have extended the Bush-era tax cuts for those earning up to $250,000 for families ...
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Blue Markets Face Bigger Housing Challenges Than Red Markets 28.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
8.9% $197 Note: among 100 largest U.S. metros. Bluest metros are those with highest positive margin for Obama vs. Romney in 2012. See blogpost note for data sources. Data for all 100 metros available here .     Affordability Is a Bigger Problem for Blue Markets Things look fundamentally different when we compare red and blue markets in terms of affordability and related measures. The tables above show that none of the 10 reddest markets had a median asking price per square foot above $130 in Sept. 2014. But nine of the 10 bluest markets did. Looking across all 100 largest metros, the correlation between price-per-square-foot and 2012 vote margin was positive, high (0.63), and statistically significant. In fact, the only expensive red market was Orange County, CA, at $363 per square foot. There was a huge drop-off to the next-most-expensive red market--North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL, at $150 per square foot. When we plot local market home price per-square-foot and the 2012 presidential vote, we see ...
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Editorial: Don’t blame development for the high cost of housing 28.10.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
In justifying a new linkage fee, Seattle City Council members point fingers at new development as the reason Seattle is becoming less affordable, but that’s a symptom, not the cause.
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Chicago Housing Authority opens wait lists for public housing, vouchers 28.10.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
For most of his adult life, Clifford McKnight has bounced from house to house sleeping on relatives' couches, sharing bedrooms and crowding into small apartments to have a place to rest his head, he ...
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Revitalizing a community 28.10.2014 Philly.com News
By Kelvin A. Jeremiah The North Philadelphia neighborhood of Blumberg/Sharswood is one of the poorest and most neglected communities in our city. The low social-economic status of its families, the lack of schools, jobs, public safety, and quality housing, are all conditions resulting from decades of neglect.
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Election Season: Time for GOP Halloween Masquerade Ball 27.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
It's lucky for the Republicans that most general elections fall so close to Halloween. That gives them an excuse for their great bi-annual GOP Halloween Masquerade Ball. This year the Republicans are doing their very best to prevent the voters from remembering who they really are and what they really stand for. They're putting on their "moderate masks" and the costumes of ordinary middle class Americans. Why do they have to pretend to be something their not? Their problem is that most Americans disagree with their positions on just about every economic and social issue of the day. Voters disagree with Republicans on economic issues like: GOP opposition to raising the minimum wage; GOP refusal to renew unemployment benefits to the long-term unemployed; GOP obstruction of Democratic proposals to lower payments and cut interest rates on student loans; The incredibly unpopular GOP proposal to eliminate the Medicare guarantee and replace it with a voucher for private insurance; The failed GOP proposal to ...
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Judging your neighborhood’s identity 26.10.2014 Durango Herald
In hip-hop culture, where you come from, your “hood,” molds your identity and persona. In Durango, perhaps not so much. But each region and neighborhood in a way has its own personality, perks and desirability.Don Ricedorff, broker-associate with the Wells Group of Durango, said buyers in Durango tend to focus on the...
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D.C. has allowed dozens of affordable-housing loans to languish in default 26.10.2014 Washington Post
The District government has failed to collect tens of millions of dollars on dozens of delinquent loans, most of them intended to boost the city’s stock of affordable housing, city records show. The typical delinquent loan — among a list of 43 — is more than four years behind on mortgage payments, according to the records. And the number has swelled even as D.C. housing officials did little more than mail warning letters to loan holders. This was true even in cases when organizations and their executives failed to remit a single payment for more than a ...
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Minnesota Housing awards $162 million 24.10.2014 Star Tribune: Local
This year, state awarded $162 million to provide nearly 4,000 affordable housing units.
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Darrell Issa Smells Another Obama Scandal In Bank Fraud Cases 24.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Congress is out of session and won't be back until Nov. 12. But that isn't stopping House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) from demanding that consumer watchdogs cough up an ocean of paperwork while he's out of town. Issa has been waging a minor year-long crusade against a handful of Department of Justice investigations into petty consumer fraud. It hasn't caught on the way his probes into Benghazi and Lois Lerner have, but Issa has riled up his fellow House Republicans and issued a report claiming that DOJ's "Operation Choke Point," which seeks to cut off fraudsters from the banking system, is actually a secret Obama administration plot to destroy payday lenders, and maybe firearms dealers and other industries. So far, Republicans haven't provided any evidence that any bank has ended any relationship with a legitimate firm due to pressure from Obama bureaucrats. But the investigation has created a lot of headaches for people at Justice and the FDIC who want to root out ...
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Chicago revamps its SRO proposal 24.10.2014 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Chicago has backed away from a strict proposal to regulate the redevelopment of single-room-occupancy hotels in the city, and instead will offer more options for building owners and developers while still requiring cash payments for displaced long-term ...
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Tangled titles threaten 14,000 Philadelphians 23.10.2014 Philly.com News
Longtime residents may lose house if name isn’t on deed.
City Council votes to draft new affordable-housing plan 22.10.2014 Seattle Times: Local
The City Council wants to charge builders to pay for affordable housing, but not all council members agree on the process.
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