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States Raid Fund Meant for Needy Families to Pay for Other Programs
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States Raid Fund Meant for Needy Families to Pay for Other Programs

WASHINGTON — Nearly 25 years ago, President Bill Clinton vowed to “end welfare as we know it,” and Congress bought in, passing landmark legislation designed to help millions of low-income Americans find work and get off the rolls for good.... Read More

COVID-19 Is About to Make Our Affordable Housing Crisis Much Worse. Here’s One Way to Help Stem the Tide
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COVID-19 Is About to Make Our Affordable Housing Crisis Much Worse. Here’s One Way to Help Stem the Tide

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic created a global economic downturn, the U.S. faced a mounting affordable housing crisis. In March, the National Low Income Housing Coalition estimated that the U.S. needs at least 7 million more affordable units to sufficiently house extremely... Read More

Female Renters Take on Predatory Landlords
Housing
Female Renters Take on Predatory Landlords

WASHINGTON — Douglas Waterbury owned or managed dozens of rental properties in and around Oswego, N.Y., and for decades he allegedly used that power to demand sexual favors from financially strapped tenants and applicants who were desperate for a place... Read More

Ready to Move, Californians Tour Their Top Destination: Texas
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Ready to Move, Californians Tour Their Top Destination: Texas

PROSPER, Texas — When half a dozen California families arrived in a limo-style bus for a daylong tour of suburban homes for sale north of Dallas on a recent Saturday, the sun was shining but the temperature had dipped below... Read More

NewDEAL Applauds Passage of Renters Choice Legislation in Cincinnati
State News
NewDEAL Applauds Passage of Renters Choice Legislation in Cincinnati
2020-01-16 19:10:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Two months ago, Cincinnati City Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld told attendees at the NewDEAL Leaders Conference in Washington that he had a plan to remove a significant barrier to housing affordability in his city. This week, he and his... Read More

Rice Pushes for Investigation of Alleged Widespread Bias in Long Island's Housing Market
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Rice Pushes for Investigation of Alleged Widespread Bias in Long Island's Housing Market
2019-12-20 18:24:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., is leading a congressional effort to urge the U.S. Justice Department to open an investigation into potential fair housing violations exposed in a recent report in Newsday, a Long Island newspaper. Using undercover testers... Read More

Homeless Populations Are Surging in the West — Even as Federal Spending Rises
Housing
Homeless Populations Are Surging in the West — Even as Federal Spending Rises

WASHINGTON — More and more people are living on the streets, in makeshift encampments or their cars — what the federal government calls “other places not suitable for human habitation.” While Washington, D.C., lawmakers are sympathetic and ready to increase... Read More

Congressional Bill Would Expand Access to Housing Vouchers for Youth Leaving Foster system
Affordable Housing
Congressional Bill Would Expand Access to Housing Vouchers for Youth Leaving Foster system

Young people facing homelessness as they age out of the foster care system soon could have easier access to federal housing vouchers. Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, is joining with Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican, to propose legislation... Read More

Rep. Torres to Fight 'Housing Insecurity' As New Co-Chair of NewDem Housing Task Force
Affordable Housing
Rep. Torres to Fight 'Housing Insecurity' As New Co-Chair of NewDem Housing Task Force
2019-11-15 20:43:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Norma Torres, D-Calif., vowed to fight housing insecurity in her district and across the United States following her elevation Thursday to co-chair of the New Democrat Coalition Housing Task Force. Rep. Torres joins fellow co-chairs Rep. Denny... Read More

New Democrat Coalition Endorses Four Key Pieces of Housing Legislation
Housing
New Democrat Coalition Endorses Four Key Pieces of Housing Legislation
2019-10-18 20:11:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition endorsed four pieces of housing legislation it sees as "actionable solutions" to help Americans who are struggling to find homes in a market in which they are increasingly scarce and increasingly expensive. The endorsements... Read More

Southern California Must Plan For 1.3 Million New Homes In The Next Decade, Newsom Says
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Southern California Must Plan For 1.3 Million New Homes In The Next Decade, Newsom Says

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Cities and counties in Southern California will have to plan for the construction of 1.3 million new homes in the next decade, a figure more than three times what local governments had proposed over the same period,... Read More

Katko, Brindisi Launch Bipartisan Effort to Address Lake Ontario Woes
State News
Katko, Brindisi Launch Bipartisan Effort to Address Lake Ontario Woes
2019-08-15 20:24:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Representatives John Katko and Anthony Brindisi have launched a bipartisan effort to hold the international commission that manages outflows from Lake Ontario accountable for recent historic flooding. Katko, a Republican, and Brindisi, a Democrat, have gotten the Government... Read More

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