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Category: Affordable Housing
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Minnesota Housing awards $162 million 24.10.2014 Star Tribune: Local
This year, state awarded $162 million to provide nearly 4,000 affordable housing units.
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Darrell Issa Smells Another Obama Scandal In Bank Fraud Cases 24.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Congress is out of session and won't be back until Nov. 12. But that isn't stopping House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) from demanding that consumer watchdogs cough up an ocean of paperwork while he's out of town. Issa has been waging a minor year-long crusade against a handful of Department of Justice investigations into petty consumer fraud. It hasn't caught on the way his probes into Benghazi and Lois Lerner have, but Issa has riled up his fellow House Republicans and issued a report claiming that DOJ's "Operation Choke Point," which seeks to cut off fraudsters from the banking system, is actually a secret Obama administration plot to destroy payday lenders, and maybe firearms dealers and other industries. So far, Republicans haven't provided any evidence that any bank has ended any relationship with a legitimate firm due to pressure from Obama bureaucrats. But the investigation has created a lot of headaches for people at Justice and the FDIC who want to root out ...
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Chicago revamps its SRO proposal 24.10.2014 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Chicago has backed away from a strict proposal to regulate the redevelopment of single-room-occupancy hotels in the city, and instead will offer more options for building owners and developers while still requiring cash payments for displaced long-term ...
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Tangled titles threaten 14,000 Philadelphians 23.10.2014 Philly.com News
Longtime residents may lose house if name isn’t on deed.
City Council votes to draft new affordable-housing plan 22.10.2014 Seattle Times: Local
The City Council wants to charge builders to pay for affordable housing, but not all council members agree on the process.
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Transit and residential neighborhoods: Questioning the affordability of residential neighborhoods around Metro Rail stations, a Delhi case study 21.10.2014 THE CITY FIX
Large-scale mass transit projects such as the Delhi Metro Rail often lead to transit-oriented development (TOD) that can enhance quality of life, but also compromise housing affordability. Planning authorities in urban areas around the world have acknowledged the need for ...
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N.J. affordable housing agency deadlocks on new rules 21.10.2014 Philly.com News
TRENTON - Despite a looming deadline ordered by the New Jersey Supreme Court, the state Council on Affordable Housing on Monday did not approve new rules governing the creation of affordable housing.
Transit grants sought for housing, art, plaza 21.10.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
A Metropolitan Council committee on Monday reviewed funding for $6.5 million in transit-oriented development grants for seven projects involving housing, plazas and public art — all near public transit. The Met Council will consider the requests on Nov. 12.
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U.N. officials tour Detroit to assess impact of water shutoffs 21.10.2014 Yahoo: US National
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - Two United Nations human rights officials on Monday began touring Detroit to assess the impact of widespread water disconnections on residents in an effort by city officials to shore up some $90 million in overdue bills. During their three-day visit to Detroit, housing and sanitation experts Leilani Farha and Catarina de Albuquerque are expected to meet with affected residents, civil rights activists and local officials after the U.N. called the shutoffs "an affront to human rights" this summer. ...
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Rising motel rates freeze out Denver area homeless 20.10.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
Rising motel rates along the Colfax Avenue corridor are pinching homeless advocates as they prepare for winter, bringing change to how, and where, homeless people will be sheltered in sub-freezing ...
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Rising motel rates freeze out homeless 20.10.2014 Denver Post: Local
Rising motel rates along the Colfax Avenue corridor are pinching homeless advocates as they prepare for winter, bringing change to how, and where, homeless people will be sheltered in sub-freezing ...
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Demand for Steamboat rentals driving up prices 19.10.2014 Steamboat Pilot
A year ago, the Steamboat Pilot & Today's classifieds section listed a one-bedroom apartment available for $700 per month, a two-bedroom for $1,150 and a three-bedroom, two-bath home for $1,550. The prices weren't rare finds but representative of 40 other listings, including those at Mountain Village and large complexes across town. The rental landscape today is far bleaker for the prospective tenant, and last Sunday only six properties were listed for rent in Steamboat — including one-bedrooms for $800 and $1,200 apiece, two-bedrooms for $1,400 and $1,600 and high-end three- and four-bedrooms for $3,000 and $2,150 each. While the classifieds represent a random sampling of properties that may be changing renters at a given time, the numbers are on par with statistics collected by the state from complex managers in Steamboat earlier this year. “It's a classic supply-and-demand scenario. Demand is exceeding supply, and therefore your price goes up,” said Jason Peasley, executive director of the Yampa ...
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Mayoral candidates wave promises across D.C. 18.10.2014 Washington Post: Op-Eds
“I’d rather give up than give in to this So promise me only one thing, would you? Just don’t ever make me promises, No ...
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Boston’s Buyer-Friendly Neighborhoods 18.10.2014 Boston Globe: Latest
You can make $80,000 or even $100,000 in Boston and still wind up more of a housing market pauper than a prince. But it’s not all bad ...
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Fact Checker: Obama’s claim that Obamacare has helped produce a ‘$1,800 tax cut’ 17.10.2014 Washington Post

“If we hadn’t taken this on, and [health insurance] premiums had kept growing at the rate they did in the last decade, the average premium for family coverage today would be $1,800 higher than they are.  Now, most people don’t notice it, but that’s $1,800 you don’t have to pay out of your pocket or see vanish from your paycheck.  That’s like a $1,800 tax cut.”

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Changing Skyline: Subsidized housing deal may benefit developers more 17.10.2014 Philly.com News
You could probably fit every unit of affordable housing being built in Philadelphia today inside one of the fancy glass skyscrapers going up in University City, and still have a couple of floors left over. That's not because the new towers are so immense, but because the city produces so little subsidized housing for the poor and working class.
Rental America: Why the poor pay $4,150 for a $1,500 sofa 17.10.2014 Washington Post
CULLMAN, Ala. — The love seat and sofa that Jamie Abbott can’t quite afford ended up in her double-wide trailer because of the day earlier this year when she and her family walked into a new store called Buddy’s. Abbott had no access to credit, no bank account and little cash, but here was a place that catered to exactly those kinds of customers. Anything could be hers. The possibilities — and the prices — were ...
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Jonetta Rose Barras: Big talk on housing, questionable actions 16.10.2014 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Jonetta Rose Barras: Big talk on housing, questionable actions
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Seattle council weighs fees on developers to fund low-cost housing 16.10.2014 Seattle Times: Local
The Seattle City Council’s land-use committee recommended approval of a resolution ordering staffers to draft legislation creating so-called “linkage fees,” to help finance affordable housing.
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Guest: Seattle needs a linkage fee to make housing more affordable for lower-income residents 16.10.2014 Seattle Times: Opinion
To create more affordable housing in Seattle, the City Council needs to adopt a linkage fee for new commercial and multifamily residential buildings, write guest columnists Mike O’Brien and Sally Clark.
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