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Category: Affordable Housing
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Find a fairer balance in metro's affordable housing 30.9.2014 Star Tribune: Editorials
Goal should be a larger mix of diverse, mixed-income communities.
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Guest: Seattle Housing Authority rent proposal would hurt working poor 30.9.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
The Seattle Housing Authority’s rent proposal would hurt the working poor, according to guest columnists Ubax Gardheere and Jonathan Grant.
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Guest: Seattle Housing Authority rent proposal would hurt working poor 30.9.2014 Seattle Times: Opinion
The Seattle Housing Authority’s rent proposal would hurt the working poor, according to guest columnists Ubax Gardheere and Jonathan Grant.
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Seattle, the affordable city 29.9.2014 Seattle Times: Opinion
Affordable housing has morphed into a loaded term in Seattle. Many residents and city leaders say it’s disappearing or there isn’t enough of it.
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Guest: What to ask state candidates about housing and homelessness 26.9.2014 Seattle Times: Opinion
Vote for those willing to take leadership in solving the affordable housing shortage and growing homelessness, writes guest columnist Rachael Myers.
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Most CHA voucher holders land in struggling neighborhoods 26.9.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Despite efforts to break up concentrations of poverty, problem persists Despite efforts to break up concentrations of poverty, problem ...
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Low Poverty Rates Mask Deeper Despair In Many States 25.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. The overall picture of poverty among states is a familiar one: Some states, such as Mississippi, have  long claimed  the highest poverty rates according to the federal income standard. Others, such as Hawaii, Maryland and Massachusetts, often are at the opposite end, with poverty rates less than half those in more impoverished states.  But a Stateline analysis of new state-by-state poverty data  released by U.S. Census Bureau  last week shows that some states with the lowest overall poverty rates in 2013 also had some of the highest percentages of low-income residents living in deep poverty — defined as earning less than half of the federal poverty level, or about $12,000 per year for a family of four. The persistence of deep poverty in states that have been relatively successful in reducing their overall ...
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Seattle officials ask new housing affordability committee to seek solutions 24.9.2014 Seattle Times: Local
Mayor Ed Murray vowed Tuesday to address Seattle's housing affordability crisis the same way he handled the debate earlier this year over raising the city's minimum wage: by seeking recommendations from an advisory committee.
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UN To Slash Food Aid By 40% For Millions Of Syrians Because It Doesn't Have Enough Funding 23.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The U.N.’s World Food Program (WFP) is so strapped for funds that it has no choice but to soon cut its nutrition aid to millions of needy Syrians by 40 percent, Reuters reported. Nearly 6 million Syrians affected by the country’s civil war rely on WFP for their basic food needs, but that support will be significantly reduced as early as next month both for people in Syria and refugees in neighboring countries because the group hasn’t been getting the contributions it needs to support its programming, the organization said in a statement on Thursday. "The world has come together with huge generosity to provide food and other assistance over the last three years, and it is heartbreaking to think that we can no longer build on that investment that has given some stability to the shattered lives of so many people," Muhannad Hadi, WFP’s regional emergency coordinator for the Syrian crisis, said in a statement. The agency made laudable progress recently in reaching Syrians in besieged areas, and helped a ...
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Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center accuse state of fair-housing violations 21.9.2014 Star Tribune: Local
Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center accuse the state of perpetuating segregation.
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Mayor's HUGE Pledge to Cut Climate Pollution by 80% Can Lower Bills, Safeguard NYC 20.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Raya Salter, Senior Utility Advocate, New York City: On the heels of a historic march through the streets of New York City to demand global action on climate change—and heading into the gathering of world leaders at UN headquarters for the Climate Summit—Mayor Bill de Blasio has made...
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Disability is a Cause and Consequence of Poverty 20.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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City Council member asks feds to block Seattle Housing Authority rent change 20.9.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata is asking the feds to stop the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) from immediately implementing a new policy that would raise rents for thousands of poor households across the city.
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Divide between homeowners and renters is growing 19.9.2014 LA Times: Business
For homeowners in Southern California, the housing recovery has been pretty kind. For renters, not so much.
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Democratic Senate Candidates Run From Obama While GOP Moves Toward His Agenda 19.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- As the 2014 campaign enters its final stages, the two parties are approaching President Barack Obama in unconventional ways. Some Democratic candidates for Senate seem hellbent on creating distance from their standard-bearer, either by avoiding him on the campaign trail or publicly denouncing his legislation, despite their ideological similarities. Republican Senate candidates are indicting Obama in even harsher terms -- but in plain view, they also are embracing many planks of his policy platform. Both approaches mirror public perception: People might not approve of Obama himself or how he has handled his legislative priorities, but they tend to like his policy ideas. The phenomenon that has gotten the most attention this cycle has been the distance that Democratic candidates have tried to create from the president. In Colorado, Sen. Mark Udall (D) skipped a fundraiser with the president. In Arkansas, Sen. Mark Pryor (D) said he would "work with the President when I think he’s right, but ...
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As We Get Set for Climate Week in the Big Apple, NYC Can Demonstrate Strong Leadership on Energy and Climate 18.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Donna DeCostanzo, Senior Attorney, New York: Climate Week is coming up next week here in the Big Apple, which is great news! The international forum draws world attention to the critical issue of climate change. It also highlights what we New Yorkers can do in our...
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Climate Week Focus on Energy Efficiency for All New Yorkers 18.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Raya Salter, Senior Utility Advocate, New York City: Climate week is finally here! While climate change is surely the most global environmental challenge there is, since we’ve got the Climate March and Climate Summit right here in New York City NRDC is also focusing on the “act local”...
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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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