Housing

Historic Hearing on Racial Inequality
Banking
Historic Hearing on Racial Inequality
2021-03-11 16:55:35
by Victoria Turner

Paulina Gonzalez-Brito’s grandfather bought a house in a southeast neighborhood of Los Angeles in the 1930s that was designated a “yellow area” under the U.S. Housing and Urban Development redlining map of the time, which singled out neighborhoods based on... Read More

Affordable Housing in Danger in the Lone Star State
In The States
Affordable Housing in Danger in the Lone Star State
2021-03-05 20:41:52
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas has long been an attractive hotspot for individuals fleeing their states in search of low taxes and affordable housing. But the state’s reputation as an economical place to live might be in danger as cost-of-living expenses... Read More

A New Mayor Champions Keeping COVID-Impacted Families In Their Homes
In The States
A New Mayor Champions Keeping COVID-Impacted Families In Their Homes
2021-02-26 18:19:37
by Dan McCue

BOISE, Idaho – To the outsider, it seems like a movie that has a bizarre twist just as the heroine should be taking her victory lap.  Lauren Stein McLean, an entrepreneur who had served on Boise, Idaho’s city council for... Read More

Biden Extends Ban on Housing Foreclosures
White House
Biden Extends Ban on Housing Foreclosures
2021-02-16 15:39:59
by TWN Staff

President Joe Biden is extending a ban on housing foreclosures to June 30 to help homeowners struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. The moratorium on foreclosures of federally guaranteed mortgages had been set to expire on March 31. On his first... Read More

House Legislation Provides Rental Assistance to Families in Response to Recessions and Natural Disasters
Economy
House Legislation Provides Rental Assistance to Families in Response to Recessions and Natural Disasters
2021-01-04 14:34:21
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON – This week, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., introduced the Crisis Housing Act establishing a new automatic housing assistance program to provide emergency rental assistance vouchers to households during natural disasters or economic recessions.  “When responding to an unforeseen disaster... Read More

Miami-Dade Is One Storm Away From a Housing Catastrophe. Nearly 1 Million People Are at Risk
In The States
Miami-Dade Is One Storm Away From a Housing Catastrophe. Nearly 1 Million People Are at Risk

MIAMI — As the tail end of one of the most active hurricane seasons in history nears, Miami-Dade County appears once again poised to emerge unscathed. The region dodged hurricanes and tropical storms that posed a potential threat to South... Read More

States Raid Fund Meant for Needy Families to Pay for Other Programs
In The News
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
Opinions
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
California
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
Discrimination
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
State News
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

VA to Repay $100 Million in Home Loan Fees Erroneously Charged to Veterans
In The News
VA to Repay $100 Million in Home Loan Fees Erroneously Charged to Veterans
2019-07-26 19:32:02
by Sean Trambley

In the wake of a scathing, bipartisan letter from lawmakers, the Department of Veterans Affairs says it will refund $100 million in fees erroneously charged to thousands of exempted veterans who participated in the VA Home Loan Program. In June,... Read More

Oregon Passes Sweeping Housing Crisis Legislation
State News
Oregon Passes Sweeping Housing Crisis Legislation

PORTLAND, Ore. — When Oregon’s political leaders debated solutions to a housing crisis that was forcing renters from their homes and sending prices through the roof, they had a central goal in mind: avoid the fate of their neighbor to... Read More

Wall Built to Separate Whites, Blacks in Detroit ‘An Important Story to Tell’
Housing
Wall Built to Separate Whites, Blacks in Detroit ‘An Important Story to Tell’

DETROIT — Dwight Smith never thought much about the six-foot-high wall that snakes a half-mile through his northwest neighborhood near Eight Mile. He became aware of it as a middle schooler in the 1950s, when classmates talked about which side... Read More

The Feds Are Cutting Back on Group Homes. Some Say That’s a Big Mistake
Housing
The Feds Are Cutting Back on Group Homes. Some Say That’s a Big Mistake

CLYDE, N.C. — It’s birthday party time here, which means there are gifts and cupcakes and some chartreuse juice the children slurp with lip-smacking gusto. Everybody sings “Happy Birthday” to the birthday girl: the little littles, the tweens fresh from... Read More

Housing Crunch Sends Bigger Populations to Smaller Towns
Housing
Housing Crunch Sends Bigger Populations to Smaller Towns

Cities with fewer than 200,000 residents grew faster than larger metropolises between 2017 and 2018 as high housing prices chased many people away from big cities and their closest suburbs. The biggest cities grew by a collective 326,000 people, less... Read More

16,000 People in LA Now Live in Cars, Vans and RVs. But Safe Parking Remains Limited
Housing
16,000 People in LA Now Live in Cars, Vans and RVs. But Safe Parking Remains Limited

LOS ANGELES — Two years ago, Los Angeles began testing an alternative to homeless shelters called safe parking, giving people living in their cars a secure spot to sleep at night. The first site was quickly deemed a success, so... Read More

Public Housing Authorities Reel as HUD Singles Out Immigrants
Housing
Public Housing Authorities Reel as HUD Singles Out Immigrants

WASHINGTON — Public housing authorities say they were blindsided by a proposed federal rule banning many immigrants from receiving housing assistance — and, they said, they will fight to keep it from being implemented, even if that means ending up... Read More

Another Conservative Republican Blocks Disaster Aid Bill in the House
Housing
Another Conservative Republican Blocks Disaster Aid Bill in the House
2019-05-28 21:22:44
by Dan McCue

For the second time in five days, a conservative Republican member of the House has blocked a long overdue $19 billion disaster bill. Representative Thomas Massie, R-Ky., said that if Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders had thought the... Read More

Bill to Eliminate Neighborhood Blight in Cities Across the Country Finds Bipartisan Support
Urban
Bill to Eliminate Neighborhood Blight in Cities Across the Country Finds Bipartisan Support
2019-05-14 23:07:35
by Sean Trambley

This week, U.S. Representative Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and U.S. Representative David McKinley, R-W.V., introduced the Clean Up Our Neighborhoods Act of 2019, authorizing the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to make grants to states to eliminate residential and commercial... Read More

Bipartisan House Members Move to Extend Housing Protections to LGBTQ Americans
Housing
Bipartisan House Members Move to Extend Housing Protections to LGBTQ Americans
2019-04-30 23:34:25
by Sean Trambley

This week, U.S. Representatives Brad Schneider D-Ill., Susan W. Brooks R-Ind., Jennifer Wexton D-Va., and Brian Fitzpatrick R-Penn. introduced legislation to extend clear and consistent non-discrimination housing protections to LGBTQ individuals. H.R. 2402, the Fair and Equal Housing Act of... Read More

Where ‘Returning Citizens’ Find Housing After Prison
Housing
Where ‘Returning Citizens’ Find Housing After Prison

WASHINGTON — For those who’ve been locked up in prison for years, finding a home on the outside can be rough. Parole restrictions may limit where former inmates can live. Public housing and housing vouchers may be off-limits, and many... Read More

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