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Category: Affordable Housing
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A Good Start on Delivering More Energy Efficiency in Virginia 31.7.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Deron Lovaas, State/Federal Policy & Practice Director, Urban Solutions, Washington, D.C.: Energy efficiency program leaders at Virginia's largest utility, Dominion Power, just took a step forward by making a $57 million investment in low-income home improvements. While we await important details about the program, it's worth exploring its origin and potential...
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Mayor Murray withdraws proposal to allow more density in single-family zones 30.7.2015 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
Seattle Ed Murray made a U-turn Wednesday on a controversial aspect of his new housing-affordability plan.
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Then & Now: Medicare and Medicaid turn 50 29.7.2015 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965, Americans 65 and older were the age group least likely to have health insurance....
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HUFFPOST HILL - Lincoln Chafee Speaks Softly And Carries Tiny Poll Numbers 29.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Obama joked that he could win if he ran for president again, as if he somehow doesn't realize Donald Trump is a major, huge candidate who is not only classy, but also creaming everyone in the polls. Chris Christie told Colorado pot smokers to enjoy legal weed while they can, because when he's president he will personally travel to Colorado and tell the state's pot laws to sit down and shut up. And Scott Walker couldn't decide which Philly cheesesteak place to visit, so he went to the two most famous ones and then couldn't finish his second sandwich. Truly, there are no second acts in American lives. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Tuesday, July 28th, 2015: HOUSE TO PASS SMARTCAR-SIZED HIGHWAY BILL - Laura Barron-Lopez: "In an effort to stave off a lapse in highway funding, House Republican leaders are pushing another bill through the chamber, but this time it will pay for the nation's transportation infrastructure for three months. The Highway Trust Fund, which on average accounts for over half of ...
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The Myth of New Orleans’s Affordability 28.7.2015 Yahoo: Politics

Where Are All the Minority Journalists?In popular (and pricey) cities such as New York and San Francisco, the idea of outrageous rental prices is easy to grasp. These are the places that birth urban legends about awful housing situations: Three people living in a 400-square-foot studio, or a friend of a friend who’s paying $1,800 for a room that is, technically speaking, a closet. But dangerously high rent isn’t about just sticker price—it’s about price in relation to income. And that’s a problem in cities all over the U.S., even those that might seem cheap by comparison. ...


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Children and poverty: What about personal responsibility? 28.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
To the editor: Interestingly, every letter on kids struggling in San Bernardino talked about what government and society should do to address this problem. ("Children cut adrift by poverty in San Bernardino," Readers React, July 25)
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Learning from Pasadena on affordable housing 28.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
To the editor: If everyone in Los Angeles County read Gregory D. Morrow's article, more cities would be able to overcome neighborhood objections about density. Insular opinion is one of the biggest obstacles to affordable housing. ("How to make Los Angeles more affordable and more livable," op-ed,...
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Where is Canada's digital inclusion strategy? 28.7.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Where is Canada's digital inclusion strategy?
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Starving artists in Colorado no more? 28.7.2015 Durango Herald
DENVER – Durango has been identified as a competitive area for a new effort that would provide the first-ever state-driven program offering affordable housing to artists.Space to Create aims at developing affordable housing and work space for artists and arts organizations. Colorado would pioneer the program, which was announced...
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Touches of home help Venice clinic put young patients at ease 27.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
When Yana Barba stepped into the Venice Family Clinic's new children's health center this month, what she found was not a typical doctor's waiting room.
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Greeley habitat almost out of land for homes 27.7.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
Lots in Greeley are becoming hard to come by.
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Housing will become even more unaffordable if Seattle doesn’t act now 27.7.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
Our goal is not social engineering, but to provide choice, and in that choice, opportunity.
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Lower credit scores lead to higher mortgage costs 26.7.2015 Seattle Times: Real Estate
Those with fair-to-good credit — scores of 620 to 700 — usually can’t qualify for low-cost mortgages backed by government-sponsored financing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which buy or guarantee more than half of the nation’s mortgages.
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HALA’s proposal: Readers weigh in on housing affordability plan 25.7.2015 Seattle Times: Politics
Focus density in accommodating areas The underlying assumption of Mayor Ed Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory (HALA) Committee report seems to be that single-family zoning in Seattle is outdated and no longer viable ["Racism is a false issue in Seattle’s land-use zoning," Opinion, July 22]. The report, in essence, recommends that single-family zoning be […]
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How two recent decisions will profoundly impact fair-housing policy 24.7.2015 MinnPost
It was a question that fair-housing advocates weren’t sure they wanted answered. At least not by the current U.S. Supreme Court. Can advocates use statistics to invalidate a rule or policy that has a disparate impact on minority groups even if there is no proof that government agencies or private entities intended to discriminate? It has been an important tool to force changes to discriminatory policies because showing their effect on minority populations is easier than proving that they were crafted with the intention of blocking housing integration. Twice before cases that would have posed the question to the court — including a case out of St. Paul — were settled for fear they would give the court an opportunity to dismantle an important remedy under the 1968 Fair Housing Act. That is the landmark civil rights law that was signed by President Lyndon Johnson one week after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. So on June 25 when a 5-4 court majority upheld the disparate-impact mechanism ...
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How to make Los Angeles more affordable and more livable 24.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
There is no easy answer for the housing affordability crisis in Los Angeles. But embracing growth rather than fighting it can create a city for everyone, not just the most fortunate among us.
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The state has made a substantial investment for affordable housing 24.7.2015 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
Thousands of new affordable homes will be built thanks to the state Legislature.
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Denver's Little Sisters of the Poor appeal to Supreme Court 23.7.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
Denver-based Little Sisters of the Poor have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court after losing their lawsuit to avoid compliance with the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate, attorneys said Thursday.
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Grand Opening of affordable housing Odyssey Residences in Elyria 23.7.2015 Denver Post: Business
Future resident Fran Woodke celebrates grand opening of the Odyssey Residences in Elyria.
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Old Fort Snelling buildings become affordable apartments 22.7.2015 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

The last of Fort Snelling's vacant historical buildings may soon be preserved, and lived in by dozens of new tenants.

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