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Category: Affordable Housing
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Tenants Facing Eviction in Era of Skyrocketing Rents Need Legal Assistance 18.9.2014 American Prospect
  (AP Photo/Ricardo Figueroa) Years after we’ve supposedly recovered from the housing crisis, millions of Americans are at risk of losing their homes, and housing is still one of the most troubling aspects of America’s growing inequality problem. The evidence is clear: Rents are rising in cities across the country, and the New York Times  reported  earlier this month that evictions are soaring nationwide. Tenant-landlord standoffs in U.S. cities are also becoming increasingly common—and bitter. But despite this bleak overall picture, some tenants are winning eviction battles and ultimately staying in their homes. How? What’s the difference between those who protect their homes and those who are at risk of falling into homelessness? Most often, outcomes depend on one factor: whether tenants have legal help. Across the country, civil legal aid programs are helping people under threat of evictions understand their rights, navigate the court system, and, most importantly, stay in their homes. It’s just one ...
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Top 10 Solutions to Cut Poverty and Grow the Middle Class 17.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Seattle weighing new tax on builders for affordable housing 17.9.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
The Seattle City Council could consider a tax on new commercial and residential projects to create more affordable housing.
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Seattle weighing new tax on builders for affordable housing 17.9.2014 Seattle Times: Local
The Seattle City Council could consider a tax on new commercial and residential projects to create more affordable housing.
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Seattle Housing Authority plan for raising rents worries tenants 16.9.2014 Seattle Times: Local
Seattle Housing Authority is considering a new way to calculate rents for its tenants. For many people, rents would rise over time.
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Housing advocates not pleased with Christie plan 15.9.2014 Philly.com News
Housing advocates are decrying a proposal by Gov. Christie that would allow municipalities - rather than the state - to set their own affordable-housing goals, essentially gutting a nearly 30-year-old housing program that was mandated by the courts.
Area Votes in Congress 14.9.2014 Philly.com News
WASHINGTON - Here is how Philadelphia-area members of Congress voted on major issues last week: House Delay of Affordable Care Act. Voting 247-167, the House on Thursday passed a Republican-drafted bill (HR 3522) delaying until Dec. 31, 2018, the deadline by which small-group insurance plans must comply with Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage requirements. This adds two years to an existing deadline.
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Denver's low-income Sun Valley targeted for "eco district" overhaul 14.9.2014 Denver Post: Local
Denver's lowest-income neighborhood, Sun Valley, is being targeted by outside planners for a green transformation into a model, sustainable "eco-district" — hailed as the next major advance of a booming ...
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St. Paul inspectors call them unlivable. Landlord says they're just homes 14.9.2014 Twincities.com: News

Supporters of Bee Vue describe him as a turn-around artist providing homes for those in need. His critics, though, say those homes are often unfit to live in.

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ERROR: Missing Story Title 14.9.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
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Residents abandoning Mexico’s affordable-housing sprawl 13.9.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
In the past decade, more than 5 million Mexicans bought houses through a government program that made mortgages available to low-income buyers. Problem is, the houses are so very far from jobs in Mexico City that homeowners are abandoning them.
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A Philadelphia apartment building may be a national model for low-income LGBT seniors 13.9.2014 Washington Post: Politics
PHILADELPHIA — The suspicious questions and puzzled looks started as soon Sidney Meyers, 74, put in his applications to live in a sun-dappled Florida retirement community. Was he ever married? Why not? No children? No ...
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New City Council bills focus on housing affordability, zoning remapping 13.9.2014 Philly.com News
Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a bill Thursday morning that would extend access to the city's Longtime Owner Occupants Program (LOOP) to people who live in government-subsidized housing. Previously, the program, which limits how much a property tax bill can rise in a single year for qualified homeowners, was unavailable to owners who've already received a tax abatement of some kind.
Grant will help with affordable housing in county 12.9.2014 Durango Herald
Affordable housing is on the rise thanks to a hefty grant.The La Plata Home Fund Inc. received $550,000 from the U.S. Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institution Fund, according to a La Plata Home Fund news release.“With this funding, we are able to move hard-working families into homeownership,”...
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St. Paul OKs loan to seed Mississippi Market/senior housing project 11.9.2014 Twincities.com: News

A natural foods co-op and an affordable housing developer are partnering on St. Paul's East Side.

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St. Paul HRA OKs $1M tax credits for Jamestown Apartments project 11.9.2014 Twincities.com: News

The city of St. Paul will dedicate $1 million in low-income housing tax credits to preserve existing affordable housing at the Jamestown Apartments at 586 W. Central Ave.

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WigWag bringing affordable, smart lighting to the masses 10.9.2014 TreeHugger
The bulb sets work with all other smart lighting and home automation systems.
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Alan Grayson Zings Both Sides Of Aisle With Export-Import Bank Bill 10.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- As Congress reconvenes after its August recess, a major source of political drama is the Export-Import Bank and whether a deep divide in the House GOP over renewing the government agency will lead to a shutdown. But there's another rift in the Ex-Im ether underscored by a new bill that will be introduced by Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) on Tuesday: the split between progressive Democrats of the past 50 years and progressive Democrats of today. "The Ex-Im bank is a bad program," Grayson told HuffPost. "It subsidizes foreign business entities using taxpayer funds in the form of giving them loan guarantees and insurance policies at subsidized rates. We're literally paying foreigners to take away U.S. jobs. It's crazy." Once upon a time, liberals such as then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) , Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and then-Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) explicitly derided Ex-Im, as it's known in Washington parlance, as "corporate welfare." But today, nearly every congressional Democrat, from House ...
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The simple ways health insurance can change your life 9.9.2014 Washington Post

The hospital was a short drive into town.  She intended to savor this moment by tending to her animals. Her colonoscopy was in an hour.

She walked through the kitchen and into the sprawling back yard, her new medical insurance card stowed in her pocket. Her silver rings and necklace sat in the house. She wasn’t looking forward to a camera poking around in her large intestine. But she was overdue for it. She was 54. Her stomach had hurt for months and she had avoided seeing a doctor for years. But now she had insurance.

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The 16 Coolest Things We Saw at Europe’s Biggest Gadget Show 9.9.2014 Wired Top Stories
This year's IFA Berlin could have easily mistaken for an edition of the Mobile World Congress. There were LOTS of phones. But we found a wide array of gadgets worth ...
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