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Category: Affordable Housing
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Linking Commuter Rail to Jobs, Housing, and Opportunity in Eastern Massachusetts 18.6.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Michael Dwyer Passengers board a train at South Station in Boston Waiting at a suburban station for the train to Boston, I remember my father, who commuted to the state capital from our home south of the city for more than four decades. These old, stubborn purple-trimmed trains still lumber along just like they did when he first started riding them to work in the 1970s. As I listen for the rails to hiss and give away the approaching train, I wonder if the waves of growth and innovation engulfing metro Boston will finally force the Bay State to take a fresh approach to transit, housing, and commercial development. Scurrying down the platform toward a conductor, who hangs out of an open door to wave us in, I pass a route map for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) vast commuter rail network. A dozen branching lines carry passengers over nearly 400 miles of track (Chicago and New York are the only systems in the U.S. with greater reach). In the first half of the 19th century, ...
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If Amazon picks Philly, it won't have to pay into construction tax to fund affordable housing 14.6.2018 Philly.com News
The construction tax would not apply to "Keystone Opportunity Zones," like the three sites Amazon is considering in Philadelphia.
Low-income renters at risk of eviction in Denver can now seek legal help from a City Council-backed defense fund 14.6.2018 Headlines: All Headlines
Struggling renters who face eviction in Denver can now receive help from a pilot legal defense program that launched Wednesday with money provided by the City Council.
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Analysis: HUD plan would raise rents for poor by 20 percent 7.6.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Housing Secretary Ben Carson says his latest proposal to raise rents would mean a path toward self-sufficiency for millions of low-income households across the United States by pushing more people to find work. For Ebony Morris and her four small children, it could mean homelessness.
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Tax on new construction advances despite Kenney concerns, scorching criticism from building trades 7.6.2018 Philly.com News
The 1 percent tax, which would be placed on most new construction could raise up to $19 million a year for affordable housing, proponents of the bill said, at a time when the city is experiencing a dire affordable housing shortage.
Building trades sends fiery letter ahead of construction tax vote 6.6.2018 Philly.com News
Council's finance committee is expected to vote later Wednesday afternoon on advancing the one-percent tax on new construction.
How Frey plans to fix Minneapolis' affordable housing crisis 5.6.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The Minneapolis mayor recently announced plans to spend $50 million to create more affordable housing in the city.
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DCT real estate closing Denver HQ and laying off nearly 60 people as it joins Prologis 4.6.2018 Headlines: All Headlines
As part of the permanent shutdown, DCT said it notified between 55 to 59 employees that they will lose their jobs beginning July 31.
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Denver homeowners caught in affordable housing quagmire now finding insurance claim denials in their mailboxes 4.6.2018 Denver Post: Business
Title companies who insured Denver home buyers when they bought income-restricted housing they weren't qualified to own are now telling those people they are on their own in dealing with the fallout of those purchases.
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223 Denver homeowners caught in affordable housing snag agree to work with city on solutions 3.6.2018 Denver Post: Business
For hundreds of Denver homeowners involved in the regulatory mess that has ensnared city's affordable home ownership program, this month marks the beginning of a period of relative calm. What the rest of 2018 holds for them is unclear.
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Gentrification concerns and troubles with Denver’s homebuyer assistance program spur new discussions about affordable housing 26.5.2018 Denver Post: Business
Two recent events in Denver -- a Five Points coffee shop sign that appeared to celebrate the effects of gentrification and the unraveling of a city-run homebuyers' assistance program -- have spurred new discussions about the lack of affordable housing options locally and the challenges in addressing the problem.
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Why do people in poverty have satellite dishes? 25.5.2018 Philly.com News
What the satellite dishes of North Philadelphia say to you depends on how you view the poor.
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Denver’s affordable-apartment program is finally ready to launch — smaller and later than Mayor Hancock first intended 24.5.2018 Denver Post: Local
Denver housing officials say that a program that will subsidize market-rate apartments for modest-wage earners is finally primed to launch in August, after months of delays.
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Nearly 500 Denver households received help with rent during a pilot city program that’s getting a $1 million extension 22.5.2018 Denver Post: All Political News
The city of Denver's first foray into cutting checks on behalf of residents who face a rent hike, past-due utility bills or another housing crisis was nearly overwhelmed by the demand.
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As compliance program deadline looms, homeowners in deed-restricted affordable Denver homes face tough decision 21.5.2018 Denver Post: All Political News
It's been more than six weeks since Denver officials mailed letters to 301 homeowners officials identified as living outside the rules of the city's Affordable Housing Ownership Program in one way or another. Just 14 have resolved their issues.
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Union Station for under $300,000: Income-restricted Denver condos going on sale at Coloradan building 19.5.2018 Denver Post: Business
When developer East West Partners put the 49 studio units in its Coloradan condo building on the market in August they were a predictably hot commodity in housing-starved Denver. Flash forward to this week, and East West is in the midst of another avalanche of demand, this time for something even rarer in the downtown area: 33 covenant-restricted affordable condos
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Colorado unemployment rate dips below 3 percent 19.5.2018 Denver Post: Business
Colorado's unemployment rate slipped back below 3 percent last month, to 2.9 percent, as employers added 7,200 nonfarm jobs, according to a monthly update from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
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Denver mayor names new affordable housing point person after administration reshuffle 19.5.2018 Denver Post: Business
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on Friday appointed a longtime affordable housing advocate to fill a new chief housing officer post that will oversee a coming expansion of city spending on the issue.
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6 things to watch in the House Farm Bill 18.5.2018 Washington Post
The bill, authorized every five years, involves way more than agriculture — such as requirements for food stamps and school lunches.
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Kaiser Permanente to commit $200 million to help communities reduce homelessness 18.5.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente plans to invest $200 million in community efforts across the country to reduce homelessness, joining a growing list of health systems that are moving to address the housing crisis afflicting many large cities.

The commitment — which Kaiser is announcing Friday...

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