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Idaho approves affordable housing funds for the first time in state’s history

By on April 14th, 2022

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Idaho’s Governor Brad Little last month approved $50 million to build more affordable housing for working people. This is the first time in the state’s history that Idaho’s state government has provided any funds to develop new affordable housing. Although the state legislature created a state affordable housing trust fund in 1992, it has never … Continue reading Idaho approves affordable housing funds for the first time in state’s history


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Historic state law gives criminal offenders a fair chance for housing

By on April 12th, 2022

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Just last year, New Jersey became the first state in the nation to pass a law prohibiting landlords from checking an applicant’s criminal history background as part of the application process.  After much debate and the combined efforts of civil rights organizations, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the Fair Chance Housing Act (FCHA) into … Continue reading Historic state law gives criminal offenders a fair chance for housing


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Lowering regulatory barriers leads to surge in shelters for homeless persons

By on April 7th, 2022

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California added more than 6,000 shelter units for people experiencing homelessness in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. This was accomplished with a lot of pandemic relief money to buy and renovate hotels and motels; but much of the success is also due to a state program that reduced regulatory barriers to new shelters. … Continue reading Lowering regulatory barriers leads to surge in shelters for homeless persons


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Biden supports more affordable housing in first State of the Union address

By on March 10th, 2022

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Affordable housing was only briefly mentioned in President Biden’s first State of the Union address last week, but it showed that the affordable housing crisis is a priority for the administration. The first part of President Biden’s speech was devoted to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. But the second part of the address covered what … Continue reading Biden supports more affordable housing in first State of the Union address


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The problems of “Crime Free Housing” programs

By on December 3rd, 2021

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In 2016, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued new guidance for criminal history background checks, which made it easier for applicants with criminal histories to get housing. The change in guidance addressed a discrimination issue in which applicants were being denied housing based only on charges with no convictions, or on minor … Continue reading The problems of “Crime Free Housing” programs