User: flenvcenter Topic: Shelter and Housing-National
Category: Affordable Housing
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Landlord battles haunt Twin Cities low-income renters 22.2.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Past problems with a landlord don't die easily. They can make it nearly impossible for some to find affordable housing quickly. That's especially true for would-be renters in a tight rental market with "UDs" on their record.
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Denver’s five-year housing plan for $15 million-a-year fund is now official; disagreements persist on details 21.2.2018 Headlines: All Headlines
The Denver City Council approved a long-debated affordable housing strategy plan Tuesday, but lingering disagreements over its details will influence budget debates in coming years.
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L.A. County leaders seek a plan to boost the supply of affordable housing 21.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion Tuesday asking the county to draft four ordinances that would seek to preserve and increase the number of affordable housing units in unincorporated areas.

One proposed ordinance would require developers to include a small percentage of...

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Transit-oriented development? More like transit rider displacement 20.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

For five years, pundits, planners, and policy-makers have scratched their heads at Los Angeles’ steep public transit ridership decline: a 21% decrease on buses,15% in total. To explain it, they cite ride-sharing, cheap gas, even the law that lets undocumented immigrants get licenses to drive. ...

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Trump once again wants to cut energy assistance to the poor 18.2.2018 AP National
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- The Trump administration is once again calling for the complete elimination of a heating assistance program that helps to keep the homes of low-income families warm. And once again, program supporters are vowing to fight it....
Subsidized housing can change lives. Now it's facing deep cuts | Opinion 16.2.2018 Philly.com News
The 2019 budget released by the White House calls for deep cuts, $8.8 billion or an 18.3% reduction, to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This would reduce the availability of subsidized housing and vouchers, like the Housing Choice Voucher Program that allowed Paloma to rent a home, even with her very low income.
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White House Sidesteps Idaho Dispute on Health Insurance 15.2.2018 Wall St. Journal: Policy
The White House is taking a wait-and-see approach to a contentious decision by Idaho regulators to allow the sale of health insurance plans that don’t comply with the Affordable Care Act, a top official said Thursday.
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The Health 202: Alex Azar's first big test: Will he enforce Obamacare? 15.2.2018 Washington Post: Politics
Idaho presents the new HHS secretary's first big test.
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Reforming Welfare and Controlling the Poor 15.2.2018 American Prospect
trickle-downers_35.jpg After handing out $1.5 trillion in tax breaks to the wealthy, President Trump has followed up with a budget that eviscerates the social safety net. Though the budget only outlines the Trump administration’s priorities, and is unlikely to be largely implemented, it’s clear that the administration would like to further eviscerate the nation’s skimpy excuse for an economic security policy. The budget, after all, represents the administration’s ideal world. And what’s in this world? Little help for the poor with food, health care, and housing—and more poverty, disease, homelessness, and hunger. The budget proposes gutting the country’s largest anti-hunger program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (commonly known as food stamps), cutting spending by $213.5 billion over ten years. This would be achieved not only by limiting who is eligible for assistance, but by altering the most basic part of the program, which allows low-income families to purchase food using an Electronic ...
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Mayor Hancock’s affordable housing policy coordinator exits after a year amid administration reshuffling 14.2.2018 Denver Post: News: Local
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock's handpicked policy czar on housing issues resigned Tuesday amid a transfer of his office to new oversight and a reshuffling of housing responsibilities.
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The Health 202: Trump's budget shows he is serious about tackling the opioid crisis 13.2.2018 Washington Post
The Health 202: Trump's budget shows he is serious about tackling the opioid crisis
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The High Cost of 'Affordable Housing' Mandates 13.2.2018 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
‘Inclusionary zoning’ laws create a vicious circle of higher prices and reduced demand.
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Critics worry housing plan will wreck Seattle's character 12.2.2018 AP Business
SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle's booming tech industry has brought a massive influx of new residents with big wallets to the city. But an ensuing housing crunch has led to skyrocketing rents and home prices that have strained middle- and working-class families and deepened the city's homelessness crisis....
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Los Angeles tenant groups oppose bill that could lead to a development boom near transit 12.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary
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State lawmakers want to restore an urban renewal and affordable housing program. But it's complicated 12.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Seven years ago, at the depth of the state’s budget crisis, Gov. Jerry Brown eliminated an urban renewal program that provided billions of dollars annually for economic development and low-income housing. Ever since, lawmakers have tried and failed to bring it back.

Now, with Brown on his way out...

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Denver is about to let RiNo developers build higher if they chip in affordable housing. Will it make a difference? 12.2.2018 Denver Post: All Political News
New buildings in and near Denver's burgeoning River North Art District soon could rise 16 stories in places under a long-in-the-works height incentives proposal that's up for approval Monday by the City Council.
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NIMBY vs. YIMBY: Housing battle brews in booming Seattle 12.2.2018 AP Business
SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle's booming tech industry has brought a massive influx of new residents with big wallets to the city. But an ensuing housing crunch has led to skyrocketing rents and home prices that have strained middle- and working-class families and deepened the city's crisis of homelessness....
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We must ask what candidates mean by ‘affordable housing’ 10.2.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Too many programs are out of reach for those who need them.
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A plan to house L.A.'s homeless residents could transform parking lots across the city 9.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

In the decades following World War II, when the suburbs were young and the car was king, Los Angeles went on a land-buying spree.

The city bought parcels in every size and shape, demolished any buildings on them and opened parking lots to serve emerging commercial districts.

By the 1970s the buying...

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Minneapolis adds 75 units of affordable housing near transit 8.2.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
A third of the units at the new EcoVillage apartments are set aside for people with very low incomes, primarily those who've recently left homeless shelters.
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