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Category: Affordable Housing
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What good is affordable housing if the people who build aren't paid decently? 27.7.2016 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: Like climate change, construction prevailing wage standards have been studied and an academic consensus exists, but myths persist. (“Affordable housing at an impasse,” editorial, July 22)

Peer-reviewed economists have found that prevailing wages produce more local, middle-class job...

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More than 200 new affordable housing rentals slated for Arlington 27.7.2016 Washington Post
More than 200 new affordable housing rentals slated for Arlington
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City, having blown its chance for affordable units in apartment boom, is now deflecting blame 27.7.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

City Hall feels NIMBYs are getting in the way of development. Have they looked out the window recently? More big apartment buildings are going up than in the previous hundred-plus-years of the city combined.
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Thinking “Incrementally:” Addressing the Global Housing Deficit by Engaging the Poor 26.7.2016 WRI Stories
Thinking “Incrementally:” Addressing the Global Housing Deficit by Engaging the PoorAdd Comment|PrintSlum in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Alex Berger/Flickr Surprising many in the architectural community, this year’s prestigious Pritzker Prize went to Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena. Though the award—often regarded as the Nobel Prize of architecture—prompts images of iconic skyscrapers or museums, Aravena initially achieved fame for his firm’s work with the Quinta Monroy community, an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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The basic reason why there just isn't enough decent housing for the poor 26.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
At the very bottom of the housing market, where families live on a fraction of what the typical American household makes, the math simply doesn’t add up. The market can serve up old homes, mobile homes, homes that are cheap because they’re rundown. But the private market can’t, on any meaningful scale, create new affordable housing for the very low-income from scratch. Such properties, as developers put it, don’t pencil out. The costs of building them outstrip what the people who may live in the...
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Good news on student loans ... for some 26.7.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
More students are getting affordable payments, a new report says. But they might not be the ones who really need it.
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Thinking “Incrementally”: Addressing the Global Housing Deficit by Engaging the Poor 26.7.2016 THE CITY FIX
Surprising many in the architectural community, this year’s prestigious Pritzker Prize went to Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena. Though the award—often regarded as the Nobel Prize of architecture—prompts images of iconic skyscrapers or cultural centers, Aravena initially achieved fame for his firm’s ...
Good News On Student Loans ... For Some 26.7.2016 NPR News
More students are getting affordable payments, a new report says. But they might not be the ones who really need it.
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Seattle’s neighborhood councils have raised selfishness to an art form 26.7.2016 Seattle Times: Opinion

We should not use taxpayer money to support Seattle neighborhood councils that have an agenda excluding renters, people of color, the young, the poor and those who need social services from their neighborhoods.
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Single Mom's Search For Therapist Hampered By Insurance Companies 26.7.2016 NPR: All Things Considered
Recent health laws were supposed to give people easier access to mental health care. But some adults who have anxiety or depression and need help are still having a tough time lining up treatment.
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Keep fighting for affordable housing in Vancouver 25.7.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
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Explained: Why larger housing levy would create fewer homes 25.7.2016 Seattle Times: Local

Why is a new, larger Seattle housing levy projected to create fewer affordable homes than the existing levy has? Officials say there are several reasons.
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Debt-Free College Isn't As Simple As Waiving Tuition 25.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Dominick Suvonnasupa, a senior at the University of California San Diego, paid no tuition last year. His tuition was covered through a  scholarship for low- and middle-income students. He was elected student body president for 2015-16, which provided a salary that worked out to about $6 an hour. And he had about $20,000 that he’d saved up before college to pay for school.  But still, Suvonnasupa, who is 28 and a first-generation college student, couldn’t avoid taking out a loan to pay for the cost of college. He tried hard not to spend more than $600 in rent on an apartment near campus, which would have kept him within the estimated cost of attendance for UC San Diego . But the campus is located in the expensive La Jolla area of San Diego, and the best he could find was an apartment for $750 a month ― and that was after he was essentially homeless for several weeks, couch surfing with friends while looking for a good deal.  “A lot of people don’t account for everything,” Suvonnasupa said. “There are so ...
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In Dallas, burgeoning movement overshadowed by shooting 25.7.2016 Durango Herald
DALLAS – The leadership of the Next Generation Action Network drove all night from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, arriving in Dallas early on July 7, just hours before the start of their hastily arranged march that ended in the worst attack on law enforcement since 9/11.Dominique Alexander, a 27-year-old Baptist preacher and the civil...
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L.A. is A-OK with taxing illegal Airbnb rentals 22.7.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Earlier this year, the city of Los Angeles stopped letting illegal medical marijuana dispensaries sign up to pay businesses taxes because, well, they’re unlawful and, as City Councilwoman Nury Martinez explained, “We shouldn’t be making money off of illegal businesses.”

This week, however, the...

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Public gets chance to weigh in on Denver’s affordable housing plan 22.7.2016 Denver Post: All Political News
Denver residents, housing advocates and other members of the public are getting a chance to weigh in Thursday night on the city's $150 million-plus affordable housing initiative.
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Salt Lake City unveils the future of affordable housing -- a home high on style, low on energy costs 22.7.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The sleek new house unveiled Thursday in Salt Lake City’s Popular Grove neighborhood is more than a future home to a family of four. When Mayor Jackie Biskupski snipped the blue ribbon draped across the door at 381 S. Emery St. (1170 West), she began a new phase in attempts to ease the city’s affordable-housing crunch — with an eye on energy efficiency and adding choices for moderate-income families that stretch beyond apartments. Designed and constructed with public funds, the two-floor, 2,100-...
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A PV Panel On Every Roof 21.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In the home stretch of his presidency, Barack Obama still has some ideas up his sleeve. The latest is his crusade to make sure that every American household and business can become a solar power plant. There has been plenty of good news about solar energy in recent years. It is becoming much more affordable and it's sprouting up on rooftops nearly everywhere in the United States. Yet we have barely begun to capture its potential. Sunlight is free, ubiquitous, domestic, inexhaustible and clean, but it still provides less than 1 percent of the nation's electricity. Its potential is much greater. The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado calculates that if every suitable roof was equipped with solar panels, we could get 40 percent of our electricity from sunlight. That's a theoretical number, not a plan. But reality will get much closer to theory if solar energy's virtuous cycle continues. The cycle goes like this: Because of state and federal incentives, improvements ...
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Council calls for changes in mayor’s housing policy 20.7.2016 Seattle Times: Politics

Seattle City Council members put forward changes to Mayor Ed Murray’s proposed Mandatory Housing Affordability policy, including one aimed at replacing cheap apartments at risk for demolition.
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L.A. housing measure has an unexpected foe: tenant activists 20.7.2016 LA Times: Commentary

When labor unions and community groups teamed up to back a November affordable housing ballot measure, their plans drew a predictable set of opponents.

The ballot measure, called Build Better L.A., would impose new requirements for affordable housing on real estate developers who seek to build...

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