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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


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Landlord screening practices can keep good tenants out

By on April 23rd, 2021

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One of the big challenges low-income renters face when searching for new housing is the landlord screening process. A recent study breaks down which areas are important to landlords screening new tenants, and highlights the problems that disqualify good tenants. The Housing Justice Fund and Family Housing Fund in Minnesota published a study in March … Continue reading Landlord screening practices can keep good tenants out


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Biden’s first budget proposes more money for affordable housing

By on April 15th, 2021

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President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget request proposes significant increases for programs that serve low-income renters. After years of proposed cuts under the Trump administration, affordable housing programs are now getting support from the White House. The President is requesting $68.7 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in FY 2022. This … Continue reading Biden’s first budget proposes more money for affordable housing


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States are slow getting emergency rental assistance to desperate tenants

By on April 9th, 2021

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As the pandemic unfolded last spring, state and local governments had to scramble to help renters avoid eviction. State and local governments have used federal funding to create emergency rental assistance (ERA) programs, but many areas have been slow getting this assistance to low-income renters. Congress provided $25 billion for emergency rental assistance in December. … Continue reading States are slow getting emergency rental assistance to desperate tenants


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Affordable housing is a big focus of Biden’s infrastructure plan

By on April 8th, 2021

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President Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan — The American Jobs Plan — will rebuild the nation’s aging infrastructure. It will create millions of good paying jobs, support the shift to a clean energy economy, address longstanding racial equity issues, and invest heavily in affordable homes for low-income renters. The proposal has billions of dollars for … Continue reading Affordable housing is a big focus of Biden’s infrastructure plan


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“Right to counsel” movement helping renters avoid eviction

By on April 1st, 2021

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There are few low-income renters who can afford lawyers when they go to eviction court, which puts them at a disadvantage. In these cases, landlords almost always win. A national movement supporting a right to civil counsel is pushing cities and states to make sure that low-income renters get a fair shake in eviction court. … Continue reading “Right to counsel” movement helping renters avoid eviction


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Indiana law opens the door to more evictions

By on March 30th, 2021

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A law enacted recently in Indiana will make it easier for landlords to evict low-income renters. Being passed over the governor’s veto, this law will also prevent local governments from regulating landlord-tenant relations. Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 148 expands the types of cases that are eligible for emergency possession orders. An emergency possession order means … Continue reading Indiana law opens the door to more evictions


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Open letter from Affordable Housing Online: Considerations for new HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge

By on March 24th, 2021

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Editor’s Note: Now that Marcia Fudge has been sworn in as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), she faces several challenges to help low-income renters.  Even before the pandemic, housing was not affordable for anyone earning minimum wage. And now, millions of more renters are at risk of eviction and homelessness. … Continue reading Open letter from Affordable Housing Online: Considerations for new HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge