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HUD immigrant ban would raise program costs and put 55,000 children at risk of homelessness

By on May 16th, 2019

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Raised program costs and 55,000 children facing homelessness are some of HUD’s expected results of a proposed rule that would deny all housing assistance to “mixed families” with at least one undocumented household member. HUD’s proposal, which was published last week in the Federal Register for public comment, applies to the Public Housing and Section … Continue reading HUD immigrant ban would raise program costs and put 55,000 children at risk of homelessness


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HUD proposal would ban undocumented immigrants from housing

By on April 19th, 2019

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The Trump administration proposed a rule this week that would prevent undocumented immigrants from receiving HUD housing assistance. Reportedly affecting about 25,000 households, this is the administration’s latest attempt to close off safety net benefits from immigrants; both documented and undocumented. As reported in The New York Times, the proposal would overturn what the Trump … Continue reading HUD proposal would ban undocumented immigrants from housing


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Princeton publishes first eviction database in the US

By on April 11th, 2019

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America is experiencing an affordable housing crisis as more families have trouble paying rising rents. The dark side of this crisis is an epidemic of evictions. Last year, Princeton University published the first database of evictions in the U.S. This data is intended to be used to discover new information, raise awareness, and help find … Continue reading Princeton publishes first eviction database in the US


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California Lawmakers Move to Strike Down Constitutional NIMBY Provision

By on April 8th, 2019

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California has a reputation as a progressive state, but its constitution makes it harder to build new affordable housing than in any other state in the country. In December of last year, California lawmakers introduced a bill to repeal that legislation; which if passed, would go to a public vote in 2020. The California Constitution’s … Continue reading California Lawmakers Move to Strike Down Constitutional NIMBY Provision


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HUD Files Fair Housing Complaint Against Facebook

By on April 4th, 2019

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is charging Facebook with violating the Fair Housing Act. In announcing the charge, HUD says that Facebook encouraged, enabled and caused housing discrimination through its advertising platform. HUD’s charge is the latest controversy surrounding Facebook, which has recently been involved in issues of selling user data … Continue reading HUD Files Fair Housing Complaint Against Facebook


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New legislation proposes carbon monoxide detectors in HUD units

By on March 26th, 2019

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In response to recent deaths of two Public Housing residents, lawmakers are now proposing legislation requiring carbon monoxide (CO) detectors for all major HUD rental assistance programs. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced legislation in March, requiring CO detectors in all units funded through the main HUD rental assistance programs. In announcing the Safe Housing for … Continue reading New legislation proposes carbon monoxide detectors in HUD units


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Trump FY20 Budget Disastrous for Affordable Housing (Again)

By on March 19th, 2019

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President Trump released the first part of his FY 2020 budget, and it proposes disastrous cuts to critical affordable housing programs. The White House is proposing $9.6 billion in cuts to HUD programs, a massive 18% decrease from FY 2019 funding. The administration also proposes eliminating all direct housing programs at USDA. Similar to last … Continue reading Trump FY20 Budget Disastrous for Affordable Housing (Again)


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HUD Disarray Slows Carson’s Signature Initiative

By on March 4th, 2019

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson has touted his initiative to create EnVision Centers around the country, which links Public Housing residents to services that promote self-sufficiency. But in the nine months since the demonstration was announced not a single center has opened. The program’s delay is the latest indication of management issues at HUD. There have … Continue reading HUD Disarray Slows Carson’s Signature Initiative


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Frail Public Housing conditions lead to gas leak deaths

By on February 5th, 2019

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In a recent tragedy, gas leaks at a Public Housing property in Columbia, South Carolina caused two deaths and the evacuation of 411 residents. Managed by the Columbia Housing Authority (CHA), Allen Benedict Court is reportedly the third oldest Public Housing complex in the country. Without adequate funding for program operations and capital improvements — … Continue reading Frail Public Housing conditions lead to gas leak deaths


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Millions of low-income renters at risk if shutdown goes into March

By on January 18th, 2019

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If the partial government shutdown continues into March, millions of low-income renters will find their housing at risk. And if the shutdown extends past February, each month, $1.5 billion in rental assistance payments will not be paid to landlords who rent to persons using Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV). Tenants will also lose out … Continue reading Millions of low-income renters at risk if shutdown goes into March