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President's Budget Boosts Funding to Fight Deep Poverty 11.2.2016 Politics on
Recognizing the long-term consequences that children face when they live in deep poverty -- as researchers Kathy Edin and Luke Shaefer detailed in their book, $2 a Day:  Living on Almost Nothing in America -- the President's budget includes new initiatives to help deeply poor families improve their circumstances and prevent other families from falling into such poverty.   They include: Increased funding and improved targeting of resources for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant.  Funding for the TANF block grant has been frozen since its creation in 1996, with no adjustment for inflation, and has lost 30 percent of its value since then.  The budget proposes to add $8 billion in funding over five years.     This increase would make up a modest share of the ground that TANF funding has lost since its inception.  In addition, the budget calls for reforming TANF so that more of its resources are devoted to the program's core purposes -- work, child care, and basic cash assistance. ...
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L.A. finally passes a unified plan to help the homeless – now the hard part begins 10.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

On Tuesday, both the county and the city of Los Angeles approved far-reaching and ambitious plans to help homeless people off the streets through a combination of housing, rental subsidies, case management and expanded counseling, therapy and other services. This is not the first time the county...

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Affordable housing planned for Point Breeze 10.2.2016 News
Two city organizations agreed to transfer vacant lots to a community-development group to build the Mamie Nichols Townhomes.
Low-cost Rural Studio homes aspire to be built for $20,000 9.2.2016 TreeHugger
These homes' innovative design hopes to disrupt how housing is done -- from building techniques, to restrictive zoning and oversized mortgages.
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Obama urges doubling tax credit for low-income childless workers 9.2.2016 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed expanding the earned income tax credit (EITC), which helps low-income taxpayers, to give a bigger boost to childless people. In his budget blueprint for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, Obama proposed doubling the tax credit for workers who are not raising children, bringing the credit to a maximum of about $1,022 a year for them. The Earned Income Tax Credit, created in 1975, is intended to promote work as well as help low-income people.
How 401(k) Withdrawals Can Complicate Health Plan Subsidies 9.2.2016 NPR News
When someone taps into pretax retirement savings, the IRS considers it income. An unexpected withdrawal can change a person's subsidy for health premiums.
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Tickets Out of Poverty? 9.2.2016 American Prospect
This article appears in the Winter 2016 issue of The American Prospect magazine.  Subscribe here . For Lorraine Washington, a housing choice voucher, colloquially known as Section 8, represents escape and opportunity. Before her recent move enabled by the subsidy, she lived in the Blumberg Apartments, a public housing complex in one of the most impoverished corners of Philadelphia. Then the Philadelphia Housing Authority slated her building for demolition and offered its residents a choice: They could move to a new public housing unit in the city or accept a Section 8 voucher—which can, in theory, be used anywhere they might want to go. “You should see the mob of people out here at night, drug dealers everywhere,” Washington said before her move. “It was terrible to come around here and try to walk around at night. I’m used to being very clean, not this trash all over the place and people disrespecting you. I have had a lot of problems around here, with people I don’t even know. Me and my daughter don’t ...
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Disappearance of SRO hotels playing even larger role in San Diego's homelessness problem 9.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The disappearance of single-room-occupancy hotels here, considered a key factor in the city's worsening homeless problem, has been more severe than city officials thought.

A new survey has found that the number of remaining SRO rooms, the lowest rung on the housing ladder above being homeless,...

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Obama to release $4 trillion-plus budget for 2017 9.2.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is unveiling his eighth and final budget, a $4 trillion-plus proposal that’s freighted with liberal policy initiatives and new and familiar tax hikes — all sent to a dismissive Republican-controlled Congress that simply wants to move on from his presidency. The budget will be released Tuesday morning, the same […]
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At 4050 Apartments, affordable live-work space included for artists 9.2.2016 News
Whenever she passes a sign announcing another "luxury" housing project, Betty Leacraft says, she wonders "why many developers don't think about including some affordable housing for the people who already live there."
King County steps up effort to ease rise in homelessness 9.2.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

King County Executive Dow Constantine announces new initiatives to address homelessness in South and East King County, where the One Night Count found a big increase in people sleeping outside.
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Loveland to rewrite its housing code 8.2.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
The city aims to have affordable incentives for home developers.
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How Super Bowl 50 Became Ground Zero For The Fight Over Homelessness 7.2.2016 Politics on
Hundreds of San Francisco residents swarmed streets on Wednesday night to protest the city’s treatment of homeless residents around its hosting of Super Bowl 50 celebrations. The protests were an outgrowth of Mayor Ed Lee’s August proclamation that the city’s homeless would have to leave the area hosting Super Bowl City, the pop-up “fan village” that blocked off portions of downtown, even though the actual game will be played at Levi’s Stadium, 45 miles away in Santa Clara. And in the days and weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, word swept through San Francisco that the city’s police have indeed been relocating homeless residents. “The Super Bowl ended up being this lightning rod for people who were seeing all this money being thrown around and then people suffering on the streets ... and getting really frustrated with that,” said Jennifer Friedenbach, the executive director of the San Francisco-based Coalition on Homelessness, which helped organize a protest march on Wednesday. “That was what the ...
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L.A. developers accused of stealing millions in affordable-housing scheme 6.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Two executives at a Los Angeles-based real estate development company and two of their employees have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges they defrauded government agencies of millions of dollars in funds for housing low-income families.

The 67-page indictment says Salim Karimi and...

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Flint's Crisis Isn't Just Dirty Water -- They Need Better Food, Too 5.2.2016 Politics on
Flint, Michigan, has remained in the national media spotlight for weeks as the city  struggles  with the devastating fallout from the contamination of its drinking water -- with many outlets not quite getting the story right when it comes to what life is like for people living there. Specifically, as Fusion’s Casey Tolan pointed out in a story last week , many outlets have marveled that this city of 100,000 people has no major grocery stores. Shocking, right? It's also inaccurate. Though three major food retailers in Flint shuttered  in recent years, the city remains home to a number of Kroger, Aldi and Save-A-Lot locations, plus some smaller local grocers and others just outside city limits. It's also home to  The Local Grocer,  a newer retailer with a focus on selling local, healthy foods. Despite this, many Flint residents do  lack convenient access to healthy food . Many rely on corner stores, which typically sell limited, lower-quality food, to meet their nutritional needs. Their health shows it. ...
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Richmond Highlands close in, more affordable than Seattle 5.2.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

It’s a quiet, suburban residential neighborhood whose tree-lined streets are filled with modest homes, as well as some shops and businesses concentrated along Aurora Avenue North.
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There Is A New Plan To Help Lower-Income Parents Afford Quality Child Care 5.2.2016 Politics on
Child care is more expensive than public college tuition in most U.S. states making it unaffordable for the majority of middle-class families, let alone those living in poverty. Now, some lawmakers are trying to change that. Congressional Democrats announced a new bill on Thursday that aims to increase access to child care for lower-income families and improve the notoriously inconsistent quality of the child care those subsidies buy. The Child Care Access to Resources for Early-learning (CARE) Act, which has the backing of the White House, allocates an additional $25 billion in mandatory funding over five years to the Child-Care Development Block Grant, a federal subsidy for state-run child care assistance programs. While the block grant itself serves low-income children under age 13, the new funds would be designated for children under age four only, since the first few years of a child’s life are believed to be the most critical years for cognitive development. States’ eligibility for the new funding ...
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Five Ideas we'd like to see in Mayor Bill de Blasio's State-of-the-City Speech 4.2.2016 Switchboard, from NRDC
Eric Goldstein, Director of NRDC's New York City Environment, NY: Bill de Blasio's 3rd State-of-the-City speech tonight will be a perfect opportunity for the New York City Mayor to build upon the new environmental framework he unveiled in his ambitious OneNYC sustainability plan last April.The Mayor's speech, like his previous...
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Venezuela low-income housing residents dream of owning 4.2.2016 Yahoo: Politics

The Venezuelan government and the opposition-controlled parliament are inmersed in a bitter debate over state-subsidized housingLisbeth Alcala doesn't have a piece of paper to show she owns her home in Caribia Socialist City, a housing project that quite literally bears the sprawling signature of late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. With each completed project, the administration has thrown huge ribbon-cutting ceremonies broadcast on state TV.

Does it make sense to build affordable housing in Venice? 4.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

A single block from the famous Venice boardwalk and near Gold's Gym, there's a newly vacant 3.5-acre lot. For decades, it was a bus yard.

It would be a good spot for a lavish beach pad or fancy condo development. Maybe the head of Google Venice, catty-corner across Main Street, would snap up a...

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