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How a government default could impact low-income renters

By on October 5th, 2021

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Low-income renters will be badly hurt if Congress fails to suspend the debt ceiling before the middle of October. If the Treasury can no longer pay the nation’s bills, it would shut down most federal programs, including housing programs. A federal default would be catastrophic. It would badly damage the U.S. economy and global markets, … Continue reading How a government default could impact low-income renters


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Minimum wage workers in U.S. cannot afford rent

By on September 25th, 2021

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There is no county or city in the United States where someone working full-time for minimum wage can afford a modest two-bedroom apartment. In its annual Out of Reach report, the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) looks at rent and wage information for every state, county and major metropolitan area in the country.  The 2021 … Continue reading Minimum wage workers in U.S. cannot afford rent


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House proposes historic housing funds for infrastructure bill

By on September 16th, 2021

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The House voted 30-24 last week to approve more than $330 billion in affordable housing funding for the bipartisan infrastructure package. The bill makes historic investments in rental assistance, public housing improvements, and the production of new affordable housing.  Housing advocates look at the bill as a once-in-a-generation commitment to affordable housing. Because these large … Continue reading House proposes historic housing funds for infrastructure bill


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What’s next for renters, now that the eviction moratorium is gone?

By on September 10th, 2021

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As the pandemic has dragged on, millions of low-income renters kept their homes because of the national eviction moratorium ordered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Now that the Supreme Court has struck down the CDC order, what can renters expect as they try to hold off eviction? The help that you … Continue reading What’s next for renters, now that the eviction moratorium is gone?


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Millions of renters at risk as Supreme Court overturns CDC eviction moratorium

By on August 27th, 2021

Tagged As: Affordable Housing News, COVID-19 Evictions

The Supreme Court put millions of renters at risk of losing their homes after a ruling on Thursday to end the CDC eviction moratorium. Responding to an emergency petition by landlord groups, the court overturned the national eviction moratorium ordered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The court said that the … Continue reading Millions of renters at risk as Supreme Court overturns CDC eviction moratorium


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Northwest heat waves spotlight emergency planning needs for homeless

By on August 25th, 2021

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Homeless person on a bench. Photo by piercecountywa.gov Homeless people have been the most vulnerable residents during this summer’s heat waves in the Pacific Northwest. Gaps in local emergency planning left homeless residents in many northwest communities without water and other assistance at their time of greatest need. The increasing number and severity of climate-related … Continue reading Northwest heat waves spotlight emergency planning needs for homeless


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House passes FY 22 HUD spending bill with thousands of new vouchers

By on August 19th, 2021

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Thousands more low-income renters nationwide will have affordable homes if new voucher funding is passed for next year’s budget. Most affordable housing programs saw increased funding in the Fiscal Year 2022 HUD spending bill passed by the House of Representatives this month. The House approved $56.5 billion for HUD in FY 2022. This is $314 … Continue reading House passes FY 22 HUD spending bill with thousands of new vouchers


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Hot homebuyer market is hurting low-income renters

By on August 6th, 2021

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Buyers looking to purchase a new home in many areas of the country are facing skyrocketing home prices. In some hot markets, buyers are making all-cash offers thousands of dollars above the asking price. Many of these offers are being made without even an inspection of the property. But what does this frenzy in the … Continue reading Hot homebuyer market is hurting low-income renters


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Eviction diversion programs keep tenants out of court and in their homes

By on July 22nd, 2021

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Some state and local governments are taking steps to keep low-income renters out of eviction courts as the national eviction moratorium nears its end. These state and local eviction diversion programs offer renters and landlords a less costly alternative to eviction court. Eviction diversion programs also help most renters who are behind on their rent … Continue reading Eviction diversion programs keep tenants out of court and in their homes


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Rising building costs could slow down new affordable housing development

By on July 21st, 2021

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The rising cost of lumber and other materials has slowed down housing production just as the nation is starting to reopen from the pandemic. This not only means fewer single-family homes and higher prices for homebuyers. It also means that fewer affordable rental properties will be built just as low-income renters need them the most. … Continue reading Rising building costs could slow down new affordable housing development