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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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Persistent poverty counties and the digital divide

By on July 13th, 2021

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There are hundreds of counties in the United States where poverty has been entrenched for decades. These are places where on average more than a quarter of the population lives in poverty. Although we tend to think of inner city urban areas when we think of extreme poverty, persistent poverty counties are overwhelmingly rural. What … Continue reading Persistent poverty counties and the digital divide


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Why housing is infrastructure

By on June 30th, 2021

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President Biden announced last week that senators have reached an agreement on an infrastructure bill, which would invest $1.2 trillion to improve America’s aging infrastructure.  Republicans have pushed to fund only what they see as “traditional” infrastructure improvements. This includes things like roads, bridges, railways, airports, and ferry terminals. It also includes improving and extending … Continue reading Why housing is infrastructure


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Arkansas renter group helps people keep their homes during the pandemic

By on June 17th, 2021

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An eviction intervention program in Arkansas is helping keep low-income renters from losing their homes. Led by Arkansas Renters United, the effort involves gathering eviction information online and using grassroots outreach to connect with renters in danger of eviction. Arkansas Renters United (ARU) is a project of Arkansas Community Organizations. ARU works to mobilize individuals … Continue reading Arkansas renter group helps people keep their homes during the pandemic


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Some HUD residents still face eviction challenges during pandemic

By on June 10th, 2021

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While serving the most vulnerable people in our communities, some HUD Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) around the country have used the eviction process to push renters into paying back bills. Renters in federally assisted housing have been protected from eviction through most of the pandemic. The CDC eviction moratorium is in effect for low-and moderate … Continue reading Some HUD residents still face eviction challenges during pandemic


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Biden’s FY22 budget increases housing opportunities for low-income renters

By on June 4th, 2021

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Last month, President Biden released a broad outline of his Fiscal Year 2022 budget. Last week, the president followed up with more details. The updated FY 2022 budget has specific amounts proposed for each federal program. This includes federal housing programs at HUD and USDA.  President Biden’s annual spending proposal includes modest increases for most … Continue reading Biden’s FY22 budget increases housing opportunities for low-income renters


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Biden proposes big boost for low-income workers and families

By on May 19th, 2021

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President Biden proposed a new $1.8 trillion investment plan last month that will help low-income families with accessible education, direct household support, and tax cuts. The American Families Plan follows up on the $2 trillion American Jobs Plan, which proposed massive infrastructure and affordable housing investments. Although there are no affordable housing funds in the … Continue reading Biden proposes big boost for low-income workers and families


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Federal judge orders Los Angeles to provide housing to Skid Row homeless

By on May 14th, 2021

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A federal judge has ordered sweeping measures by the City and County of Los Angeles to address their homelessness crisis. Judge David O. Carter’s order also called for all homeless residents of the Skid Row area to be offered shelter or housing by October. Los Angeles has seen rising homelessness over the last several years. … Continue reading Federal judge orders Los Angeles to provide housing to Skid Row homeless


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HUD reverses Trump admin effort to exclude transgender people from shelters

By on May 3rd, 2021

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) withdrew a proposed rule recently that would have allowed shelter operators to discriminate against homeless transgender persons. Originally proposed during the Trump administration, it would have pushed more transgender people experiencing homelessness away from shelters and services.  HUD’s announcement says that the previous administration’s proposed rule runs … Continue reading HUD reverses Trump admin effort to exclude transgender people from shelters