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Category: Affordable Housing
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The Time Is Now to Invest in Second Chances 4.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
We are a society committed to the principle of equal justice under the law and our system is based on the principle that the punishment should fit the crime. When a person completes a prison sentence they are said to have paid their debt to society. When a person is arrested but not charged, they owe society no debt. Yet in both cases, their punishment is usually far from over. Last week was designated the first-ever National Reentry Week by the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ), an effort to call attention to the need to address the numerous barriers facing people with a criminal record. Central to this initiative should be a recognition of the need for adequate resourcing of organizations that provide free or low-cost legal representation intended to give people a meaningful second chance within a system that often sets them up to fail. As the USDOJ notes , more than 600,000 individuals are released from federal and state prisons every year. Almost one in four Americans encounter the criminal justice ...
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The best refrigerator 3.5.2016 Technology
Opinion: Why millennials struggle 3.5.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Grit comes from experience says Angela Duckworth; just because Baby Boomers have more than millennials doesn't mean either generation is doomed to fail.
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Why Does Random Chance Decide Who Gets Housing Subsidies? 3.5.2016 NPR: Morning Edition
When the federal government gives out social benefits like food stamps, if you qualify, you get it. But housing vouchers are often distributed through a lottery.
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23 landlords face charges of discriminating against potential renters 3.5.2016 Seattle Times: Politics

Seattle officials have charged 23 landlords with discriminating against prospective renters after testing for illegal treatment at properties across Seattle.
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Northern Utah real estate barometer: Prices and demand are up, affordability and inventory are down 3.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
A lack of available home-ready land and higher labor costs are squeezing affordability in housing markets along the Wasatch Front and Back, a new study finds. Demand for new homes is strong and construction is picking up with warming weather, according to the report by Metrostudy, but developed sites for single-family houses, town homes and condominiums remain in relatively short supply. “Inventory is really tight,” said Eric Allen, Metrostudy’s director for the Utah-Idaho region. “The cost of d...
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Seattle voters to decide $290 million housing levy 3.5.2016 Seattle Times: Local

Property taxes would raise over seven years under a new, $290 million housing levy for affordable housing on the August primary-election ballot.
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N. Utah real estate barometer: Prices and demand are up, affordability and inventory are down 3.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
A lack of available home-ready land and higher labor costs are squeezing affordability in housing markets along the Wasatch Front and Back, a new study finds. Demand for new homes is strong and construction is picking up with warming weather, according to the report by Metrostudy, but developed sites for single-family houses, town homes and condominiums remain in relatively short supply. “Inventory is really tight,” said Eric Allen, Metrostudy’s director for the Utah-Idaho region. “The cost of d... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Taking a bigger Leap when it comes to building green 2.5.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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How to shop for affordable homeowners insurance 2.5.2016 Washington Post
How to shop for affordable homeowners insurance
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All Canadians deserve affordable, high-speed Internet. Because it's 2016. 2.5.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Monday, May 2, 2016 Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. "It's too expensive." "It's too slow." "I can't get a reliable connection." All common responses from Canadians when you ask what they think about their Internet service. At OpenMedia, not a day goes by without our getting emails, social media messages, and phone calls from Canadians unhappy with the state of their Internet. We can either continue letting our market be regulated by high-cost telecom, or we can take action to ensure that all Canadians can participate in the social and economic benefits of the ...
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House Republican proposal would make it harder for poor schools to feed their students 2.5.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
For no good reason, congressional conservatives are about to try to screw up a simple, efficient program that feeds poor students.
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Garcetti's proposed spending on the homeless is reasonable. But his funding plan is wishful thinking 1.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

It’s one thing for elected officials to declare war, essentially, on homelessness in Los Angeles, as they did at the beginning of the year, unveiling sweeping strategies to combat this intractable problem. It’s another thing to find the money to put those plans into effect. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s...

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Condo conundrum: Dealing with shortage might ease pressures on all homebuyers 30.4.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

Condos remain a fairly rare commodity in the Seattle area’s tight housing market. That means downsizing homeowners and entry-level buyers who might otherwise opt for a condo may wind up competing for the more prevalent single-family homes, driving prices higher.
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Mother-in-law units are key to housing affordability 30.4.2016 Seattle Times: Opinion

The Seattle City Council should loosen restrictions to encourage more homeowners to convert their basements into accessory dwelling units.
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Tax Breaks for Twitter Bring Benefits and Criticism 30.4.2016 Wall St. Journal: US
A Twitter-funded community center in San Francisco is a result of tech-company tax breaks that are helping revitalize the Tenderloin district but also drawing criticism for exacerbating the city’s lack of affordable housing.
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GOP House passes D.C. private schools voucher program. Again. 30.4.2016 Washington Post
GOP House passes D.C. private schools voucher program. Again.
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High prices in the District are pushing more home buyers past the city limits 28.4.2016 Washington Post
High prices in the District are pushing more home buyers past the city limits
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Include affordable housing or pay fees, mayor’s proposed ordinance tells developers 28.4.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray sent the City Council a proposed ordinance Wednesday requiring developers of new apartment buildings to include some affordable units or pay fees. He said both options would be helpful.
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It's True: America Is an Overweight Welfare State... But for Whom? 28.4.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
By Nicholas Croce Welfare queen. Dependency. Since the dawn of modern American political history, conservatives have railed against the left for supporting social welfare. America's welfare programs, so the story goes, create cultures of dependency that weigh down the economy. And I agree. One of the biggest programs costs American taxpayers about $70 billion per year. Who is to blame for such fiscal irresponsibility? Who caused this tremendous burden on the U.S. taxpayer? The wealthy. Many leaders on the right decry social welfare policies for the poor while supporting lavish welfare programs for the rich. This is the hidden welfare state . The numbers speak for themselves. In 2013, $211 billion in tax expenditures went to homeownership tax programs . Among the largest of these programs is the home mortgage interest deduction, which costs American taxpayers $69 billion. Defenders would quickly respond that the program benefits all homeowners, and that making homeownership easier is good for American ...
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