Separate decisions made on Wednesday by President Trump and HUD Secretary Ben Carson each put blame on California officials for their homeless population. Carson rejected a request from California officials that included 50,000 more Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers to address homelessness. And later that day, President Trump told reporters that the Environmental Protection Agency … Continue reading Trump Administration faults CA officials on state homeless crisis
On a recent fundraising trip to California, President Trump raised the specter of federal intervention to move homeless people off the streets of Los Angeles, San Francisco and other large cities in the state. His comments follow visits by HUD and the Department of Justice (DOJ) officials to assess the homeless situation in California, especially … Continue reading Is the Trump Administration preparing homeless sweeps?
Senator Bernie Sanders outlined a sweeping affordable housing plan in his 2020 campaign for the presidency, calling for a national rent control policy and making Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers an entitlement. Speaking last week at a union hall in Las Vegas, Sanders also proposed funding to modernize public housing, combat homelessness, and strengthen fair … Continue reading Sanders affordable housing plan proposes national rent control
HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report finding no evidence of misconduct by Secretary Ben Carson related to a controversy surrounding efforts to purchase expensive furniture for his office. The investigation focused on whether Carson and his wife improperly tried to purchase a dining set that cost $31,561 as part of an office … Continue reading HUD Inspector General finds no misconduct by Carson in furniture controversy
Low-income renters suffer the most when disasters strike, and they continue to suffer in the rebuilding process. From the cost of evacuating ahead of disasters, to the frustration of having aid applications denied, low-income renters face many more challenges than households in affluent neighborhoods. Recent moves by the Trump administration have made it even harder … Continue reading Disparities in disaster aid: an uphill battle for poor and minority renters
The City of Seattle, Washington adopted new inclusionary zoning policies last spring to push private developers into building more affordable housing. Seattle joins a growing list of other communities that have used zoning regulations to benefit low-income renters. Inclusionary zoning policies were first developed in the 1970s. They were a response to zoning regulations that … Continue reading Inclusionary Zoning: One piece of the affordable housing puzzle
The Los Angeles City Council is considering major restrictions on where homeless people can sleep. The effort comes following a ruling against the City of Boise by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The appellate court said that local governments cannot criminalize sleeping on sidewalks, in parks or other public places if there are no … Continue reading Los Angeles considers restrictions on where homeless people can sleep
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed a rule that will make it harder for low-income renters to make housing discrimination claims. The rule changes how plaintiffs prove that policies or practices cause discriminatory effects in housing, even if that was not the intent of the policy. This “unintended discrimination” is called … Continue reading HUD guts another Fair Housing rule
The Trump administration has issued a new 837 page rule that will severely reduce the number of legal immigrants. The rule changes how officials determine if an immigrant is likely to depend on public benefits in the future. Under the new regulation, poor immigrants, those with limited education and those who have received public benefits … Continue reading Trump Administration rule punishes immigrants who use public benefits
Mobile homes, or manufactured housing, have long provided shelter to low-income families in the U.S. The quality of these housing units has substantially improved since 1976 when HUD implemented industry manufacturing standards. In the midst of a rental housing crisis, mobile homes may look like a good alternative for low-income renters. But mobile homes can … Continue reading Are mobile homes a good affordable housing option?