Public Housing

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Opinion: Local Governments Must Take Urgent Action on Affordable Housing Funds

Cities and states have until the end of the year to decide how to spend federal affordable housing dollars.

March 10, 2024 - Governing

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Seattle Makes Historic Affordable Housing Investment

While the 2024 budget plan invests in housing and social programs, city leaders warn the city will face a shortfall of almost $250 million in 2025.

November 24, 2023 - Capitol Hill Seattle Blog

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El Paso Zoning Changes Could Bring Opportunity—or Displacement

Some residents feared proposed zoning reforms aimed at redressing historic injustices could harm residents in the short term.

November 20, 2023 - Next City

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Contested Property: Haunted Houses and the Anxiety of Ownership in America

Sometimes home becomes a place of fear for the least supernatural reasons.

October 31, 2023 - Diana Ionescu

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L.A. Councilmember Proposes Social Housing Model

Inspired by the success of Vienna, Austria, Los Angeles leaders are considering public housing as a faster, more effective way to curb the city’s homelessness crisis.

October 8, 2023 - Spectrum News 1

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Minneapolis Affordable Housing Project Largest in 20 Years

The city opened its first large multifamily affordable housing complex in decades, but a recent court ruling against the Minneapolis 2040 rezoning plan could jeopardize future projects.

September 29, 2023 - Minnesota Public Radio

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California Cities Continue Fight Against State Preemption

Lafayette City Council Member Susan Candell penned an op-ed in support of a lawsuit to invalidate Senate Bill 9 by four Southern California cities, highlighting a recent supportive court filing by UCLA economic geographer Michael Storper.

September 11, 2023 - The Mercury News

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HUD Updates Fair Market Rate Definition

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced two actions last week intended to expand the reach of federal housing voucher programs.

September 4, 2023 - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

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New York Public Housing Needs $78 Billion in Repairs

A new assessment from the city’s housing agency calls for $60 billion in needed repairs over the next five years.

July 13, 2023 - The New York Times

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Colorado Governor Vetoes Affordable Housing Bill

The bill would have given cities the right of first refusal when multifamily housing projects come up for sale if the city wants to preserve them as affordable housing.

June 11, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

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Opinion: It's Time to Destigmatize ‘Public Housing’

Upzoning efforts, while hugely controversial, often make only a small impact on housing supply, particularly in the short term. Could a return to government-built housing be the solution?

May 25, 2023 - Slate

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Richmond Banks on Private Redevelopment for Aging Public Housing Complex

The city hopes to see a mixed-use,mixed-income project replace the aging, “physically obsolete” Gilpin Court complex.

May 23, 2023 - Next City

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A Look at Planned Jersey City Public Housing Redevelopment

Plans for the Holland Gardens complex include a complete reconstruction of the site and mixed-income housing.

March 14, 2023 - Urbanize New York

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New Exhibition Examines Democracy and Land Use in Connecticut

"The Practice of Democracy: A View from Connecticut" is a new exhibition on display from January to June in Bridgeport, New Haven, and Norwalk which unpacks the relationship of land use and development to democracy.

March 8, 2023 - Mark H. McNulty

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Seattle Brings Free Transit to Public Housing

Linking transit programs to housing can lower administrative costs and streamline the process for riders.

January 31, 2023 - Route Fifty

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NYC Mayor Adams Proposes Ambitious Housing Agenda in State of the City Address

Housing is one of four “pillars” proposed by Mayor Eric Adams in his “Working People’s Agenda.”

January 30, 2023 - NYC Office of the Mayor

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Houston Reopens Affordable Housing Wait List

For the first time in almost five years, Houston residents can apply for housing assistance.

January 18, 2023 - ABC 13 News

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An Uncommon Success for Housing Vouchers in Wichita

While less than a fifth of housing vouchers are utilized nationwide, Wichita has distributed around 70 percent of the vouchers allocated to the city.

April 6, 2022 - Next City

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Assessing California's Homekey Program

The innovative housing program launched during the pandemic has made a significant difference for unhoused individuals, but long-term support remains underfunded.

March 25, 2022 - Terner Center for Housing Innovation

Boise Idaho

Boise Buys Mobile Home Park To Preserve Affordable Housing

The Boise City Council voted to make the purchase in a bid to protect residents from displacement.

March 24, 2022 - Idaho Press-Tribune

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