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Florence Nightingale Still Gets It Right: A Healthy Home Equals Healthy Kids 28.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Florence Nightingale once wrote: "The connection between health and the dwelling of the population is one of the most important that exists." In other words, where we live affects our health. That was well over 100 years ago. Still, the problem of unhealthy homes persists and disproportionately affects low-income kids and their futures. The Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) will soon launch a new app that will allow families to conduct healthy home audits. Why? Because right now there are roughly 6 million substandard housing units nationwide, and low income persons are much more likely to live in them than their middle income peers. In fact, for low-income kids, lead poisoning is the leading cause of developmental delays, and asthma from mold and other pollutants accounts for 14 million missed school days and is the leading cause of absences for children ages five through seven -- kindergarten to second grade. We know that kids who miss three or more days a month -- that's at least 18 days a ...
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Denver Housing Authority Sets Bar for Municipalities Nationwide 27.8.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Victoria Mills and Cheryl Roberto To many, it may seem that pursuing environmental sustainability would fall relatively low on a municipal housing authority’s goals.  After all, providing moderate and low-income families with clean, stable homes in the face of uncertain federal subsidies and increasing taxpayer scrutiny is challenge enough. The Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver (DHA), therefore, deserves praise for its innovative solar power program that not only provides renewable energy, but creates revenue for the housing authority, creates green jobs in the region, and saves taxpayers’ money – all the while reflecting the spirit of the federal Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge, which looks to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent by the year 2020. DHA serves as a model for municipalities across the country. Andrea Davis of the DHA’s Real Estate Department and Chris Jedd, portfolio energy manager, showed the creativity and sheer will to make a lofty renewable ...
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Low-Income Workers Have Nowhere Affordable To Live, New Report Shows 27.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Low-income workers and their families do not earn enough to live in even the least expensive metropolitan American communities, according to a new analysis of families’ living costs published Wednesday. The analysis, released by the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute, is an annual update of the think tank’s Family Budget Calculator that reflects new 2014 data. The Family Budget Calculator is a formula designed to determine the income “required for families to attain a secure yet modest standard of living” in 618 different communities across the country that the U.S. Census Bureau defines as metropolitan areas. The formula uses data collected by the government and some nonprofit groups to measure costs of housing, food, child care, transportation, health care, “other necessities” like clothing, and taxes for families of 10 different compositions in these specific locales. The updated  Family Budget Calculator  shows that even the most affordable metropolitan areas in the country are beyond the reach ...
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Report: Federal Weatherization Assistance Program Provides Benefits Four Times Its Costs 24.8.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Peter Miller, Senior Scientist, San Francisco: The federal Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) provides low-income households with more than $13,000 in energy, health, and safety benefits - four times the cost - according to recently released data that contrasts sharply with a controversial working paper that drew...
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Can Cambridge and Somerville slow gentrification amid sky-high home prices? 24.8.2015 Boston Globe: Latest
Two of the most expensive places to live Greater Boston are looking to make their communities a little more affordable to buyers of modest ...
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The housing crisis is more complex than a few people paying too little in rent 21.8.2015 Washington Post: Editorials
MUCH HAS been made of a New York family paying $1,574 a month to live in public housing while earning $497,911 a year. The case, which the inspector general for the Department of Housing and Urban Development unearthed, is as “egregious” as the watchdog said in a report. Yet the real problem is not the relatively small number of tenants who earn more than they are allowed; it is the much larger number of people on the waiting list for housing.Read full article ...
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Remembering Katrina in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement 20.8.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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House lawsuit against Obama is turning into a real problem for the president 20.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
An unprecedented House lawsuit against President Obama that was once derided as a certain loser looks stronger now and may soon deliver an early legal round to Republican lawmakers complaining of executive branch overreach.
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HUD flips public housing stance on families earning too much 20.8.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
The Department of Housing and Urban Development said Tuesday that in response to an unsparing audit by its watchdog, it's urging public housing authorities across the country to kick out tenants who make too much money to qualify for government ...
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Boulder: Depot Square leased to ineligible tenants 19.8.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
Roughly 20 would-be residents of the Depot Square apartments opening at Boulder Junction are scrambling for housing after city officials said they didn't meet Boulder's eligibility requirements to live in permanently affordable ...
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Higher rents throughout Minnesota cause affordability challenges 19.8.2015 MinnPost
After adjusting for inflation, rents have increased in 82 of Minnesota's 87 counties since 2000, with some of the steepest rises coming outside the Twin Cities. Those higher housing costs are putting pressure on many low-income people and seniors, according to a report today from the Minnesota Housing Partnership . The report says nine Greater Minnesota counties have seen rents rise by 30 percent or more since 2000. At the same time, median renter income fell statewide by 17 percent, the report said. Other findings in the report: Rental construction has been at or near a standstill in half of the state's counties. From 2009 to 2014, half of Minnesota's counties had a total of 20 or fewer new multifamily units permitted. Lack of new supply contributes to rising rents. No county has a sufficient supply of rental housing for extremely low-income (ELI) renters. In over a quarter of the state’s counties, for every 100 ELI renters, there are only 30 units or fewer affordable and available to ...
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Group pushes Boston communities to think small to meet housing demands 19.8.2015 Boston Globe: Latest
As it staggers under some of the highest housing costs in the country, Greater Boston might not just need more homes, but smaller ones as ...
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U.S. housing regulator targets more support for poor borrowers 19.8.2015 Yahoo: Business
The regulator for U.S. housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac told the two firms on Wednesday to provide more support to low-income Americans taking out mortgages and refinancing home loans. The Federal Housing Finance Agency released goals for the two government-controlled firms for 2015-2017 that would advance agency chief Mel Watt's aim to widen access to housing credit. The rules direct Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to expand the number of loans they back for low-income families to 24 percent of the their purchases of single-family home mortgages over the period, up from a target of 23 percent in ...
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The Uneven Success of America's Housing Policy 19.8.2015 Yahoo: Politics

The Uneven Success of America's Housing PolicyIt’s been proven time and again the housing vouchers, which provide permanent subsidies for poor families, work. They can help families move to areas with better job opportunities, better schools, and less crime. And as my colleague Alana Semuels has written, they’re also one of the more promising methods for permanently curbing homelessness. That can make a voucher seem like a golden ticket. But the ability to make good on the promises inherent in the voucher system can be heavily dependent on where a family is located.


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After criticism, HUD says it’s trying to give the boot to public housing families who earn too much money 19.8.2015 Washington Post: Politics
Housing advocates are furious that conservatives are using an inspector general's review of public housing incomes as fodder to criticize the ...
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Mayor Murray: Seattle is meeting growth’s challenges 19.8.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
The City of Seattle is ready for the challenges of a growing economy while ensuring the city remains a great place to live, writes Mayor Ed Murray.
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Doing More to Protect Frontline Communities Ten Years After Katrina 18.8.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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3 Ways Land-Use Planning and Zoning Can Increase Urban Density 18.8.2015 THE CITY FIX
Where would you feel safer walking alone at 3 A.M: a busy, heavily trafficked street, or a loosely populated section of a sprawling city? Most people would likely choose the former. Indeed, higher population densities can make city streets feel ...
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Harper's housing promises and the crisis of affordability 18.8.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Over the past two weeks, Stephen Harper has made three new housing-related promises on the campaign trail. However, they won't help the crisis of affordability. The pattern is familiar: make things worse and prepare to blame ...
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Domestic Abuse Is A Leading Cause Of Homelessness, But New NYC Program May Bring Some Relief 18.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK (AP) — When Karen finally decided to leave a husband who had been abusing her for years, she found out that fleeing was the easy part. She and her little boy spent the next three years homeless, in and out of shelters, because she couldn't afford New York City rents. "I was desperate to get a place, any place. But it was just impossible," said Karen, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition she be identified only by her first name because she fears for her child's safety. "When I was in the shelters, there were so many people like me, who could not find a way to start a real life." Those fleeing domestic violence nationwide are struggling with a critical piece of recovery: finding a permanent home. As rents skyrocket and waiting lists for public housing grow, victims often end up homeless for years — or go back to their abusers for lack of options. "Until you have a roof over your head you know you can come back to, where there's a place for you and a place for your children, you can't ...
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