• Mar 22, 05:11 AM | Argus-Courier

    Petaluma Approves Additional Funds for Low-Income Senior Housing

    Petaluma officials agreed this week to allocate additional dollars to the only affordable housing project in the city's pipeline, more than doubling their outlay in a development that has suffered setbacks due to the ever-growing challenges facing the construction economy. The Petaluma City Council on Monday moved forward on a $1.5 million commitment that would help PEP Housing close a funding ...

  • Mar 21, 01:43 PM | ThisWeek Community Newspapers

    Study: Delaware Needs More Affordable Living Space

    Economic growth in Delaware County and nine other central Ohio counties will depend on producing housing -- particularly, affordable housing -- at a rate needed to meet future demand, according to a report commissioned by the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio. BIA Executive Director Jon Melchi on March 12 said the analysis, prepared by Vogt Strategic Insights, Dublin, is being ...

  • Mar 21, 06:18 PM | Virginia Gazette

    Affordable Rental Development Coming to Powhatan Terrace

    March 19-- Mar. 19--After some twists and turns, the stage is set for Powhatan Terrace to add to the county's affordable housing rental stock. The James City Board of Supervisors recently agreed to accept an amended proffer condition tied to the construction of the development. Previously the condition in question required a minimum of three units be offered for sale instead of rent. On the ...

  • Mar 21, 01:17 PM | Daily Item

    Lewisburg OKs housing development behind old high school

    March 21-- Mar. 21--LEWISBURG -- A real estate developer received the go-ahead from borough council to build six owner-occupied duplexes on the athletic field behind the former Lewisburg High School. Borough council requires that GreenSpace Properties, West Pittston, adheres to 19 conditions including stormwater management, street light installation and shade tree plantings. Helmed by Bucknell ...

  • Mar 20, 01:46 PM | Arizona Daily Sun

    Community Members Push For Sustainable Buildings Around The County

    March 19-- Mar. 19--Amanda Acheson, sustainability manager for Coconino County's sustainability building program, is one of many working in Flagstaff to reframe the idea of sustainable housing and make it more possible for average homeowners. One of the impacts of sustainable housing are the environmental advantages, due to the use of renewable resources rather than fossil fuels. The county's ...

  • Mar 20, 10:18 AM | Tribune

    New Senior Housing OK'd in East Mesa

    March 19-- Mar. 19--A proposed new senior housing development in East Mesa would bring affordable rents to east Mesa for residents who are at least 55 years old, while upgrading an area in need of revitalization. With these goals in mind, the Mesa City Council recently committed $500,000 in federal housing funds to the Broadway and Hawes Senior Housing Development proposed by Dominium, a ...

  • Mar 20, 02:58 AM | Westword

    A Guide to Affordable Housing in Denver: DHA Answers Your Questions

    Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and every candidate wanting to take his job who took part in our recent mayoral Q&A series mentioned affordable housing as a major priority. That makes sense given still-sky-high rents in the Mile High City, not to mention a recent survey that concluded Denver had the worst home affordability in the nation. But plenty of people are unclear about Denver's efforts to ...

  • Mar 20, 06:42 PM | ForeignAffairs.co.nz

    Members Only Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $1 Million for Affordable Housing

    Source: United States Senator for Maryland Ben Cardin March 20, 2019 WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Congressmen Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (All D-Md.) have announced more than $1 million in affordable housing grants for Baltimore City and the region, including: $322,500 for the Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, Inc.; $227,500 ...

  • Mar 19, 07:09 PM | Al Bawaba Business

    Members Only United States : Reed Announces $6.4M Federal Capital Magnet Fund Grant to Finance Affordable Housing in RI

    U.S. Senator Jack Reed announced a new $6.4 million federal grant for RIHousing to finance the development and preservation of affordable housing. These federal funds will help attract additional private and public investment to create and support hundreds of jobs. Senator Reed led the effort to create the Capital Magnet Fund in 2008 to support community development financial institutions and ...

  • Mar 19, 08:16 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Seattle Approves Upzoning, Affordable-Housing Requirements

    SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council has voted unanimously to allow taller buildings and denser construction around 27 neighborhood hubs while requiring developers to contribute to affordable housing. The Seattle Times reports the zoning changes approved Monday are some of the most sweeping in Seattle in recent times, and they come after years of record-breaking population growth. Outside ...

  • Mar 19, 05:38 AM | Tribune

    SLO County supervisors unite to approve landmark plan for affordable housing

    March 19-- Mar. 19--A new San Luis Obispo County housing policy could raise $1 million per year for affordable developments -- leaders' first step toward addressing a sizable funding gap for such projects. The county Board of Supervisors on March 12 voted unanimously in favor of an overhaul of the inclusionary housing ordinance, which requires developers to build affordable units or pay fees ...

  • Mar 18, 06:34 PM | Wicked Local Metro

    Arlington hopes zoning changes will modernize housing stock

    March 19-- Mar. 19--Alterations to Arlington's zoning bylaws will be one of the most discussed-topics during Town Meeting this spring, as several warrant articles would increase the amount of mixed-use developments in the community. The bylaw alterations, which occupy articles 6-14 in the Town Meeting warrant, were submitted at the request of the Redevelop Board. The board wants to modernize ...

  • Mar 17, 09:42 AM | Seattle Times

    Seattle's upzones were a yearslong fight, and 'could be just the tip of the iceberg'

    March 17-- Mar. 17--Round 1 in a Seattle zoning bout could come to a close Monday when the City Council is expected to vote to allow taller buildings and denser construction in 27 neighborhood hubs and some other areas. But a Round 2 debate over the rest of the city's residential blocks could start as soon as this year's council races, circling back to a past political gambit. It was July 29, ...

  • Mar 17, 01:38 PM | Roswell Daily Record

    City Approves Plat For Affordable Housing

    Harshey's Subdivision provides 18 lots for qualified builders Affordable housing developers now have some property in Roswell available for their projects. The city of Roswell has created a plat for the creation of Harshey's Subdivision on undeveloped land on the southeast side of the city near Melendez Park. Parcels of the subdivision will be donated for the building of affordable homes. ...

  • Mar 16, 11:43 AM | Charlotte Sun

    Punta Gorda Housing Authority Gets Grant To Boost Services For Families

    To better serve the city's families in need, the Punta Gorda Housing Authority has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to fund the Family Self-Sufficiency coordinator position. The one-year grant is for $53,250 and will go to the salary and benefits of that coordinator. PGHA staff assistant Jeanie Calvert is in training to take over the position, ...

  • Mar 16, 05:07 PM | ThisWeek Community Newspapers

    Study: Delaware Needs More Affordable Living Space

    Economic growth in Delaware County and nine other central Ohio counties will depend on producing housing -- particularly, affordable housing -- at a rate needed to meet future demand, according to a report commissioned by the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio. BIA Executive Director Jon Melchi on March 12 said the analysis, prepared by Vogt Strategic Insights, Dublin, is being ...

  • Mar 16, 03:01 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only State faces challenges in its push for housing

    As states from coast to coast grapple with high housing costs, some are beginning to take aggressive action. Oregon this month passed the nation’s first statewide rent control law. In California, Governor Gavin Newsom has floated plans to cut state transportation funding to cities that don’t hit their construction goals. But in Massachusetts, even incremental legislation that aims to make it ...

  • Mar 16, 01:40 AM | Claremont Courier

    Why compliance to housing element is so important

    As governor Gavin Newsom amps up the pressure to address the state's housing crisis, Claremont is working to get its housing element back in sync. Claremont was one of 47 California cities singled out by Mr. Newsom as being out of compliance with state housing standards. The reason, according to the state, is its housing element-a document that shows the city's plan to meet its housing needs. ...

  • Mar 15, 04:04 AM | Pioneer Press Newspapers

    Oak Park Board Approves Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

    March 15-- Mar. 15--A new inclusionary housing ordinance approved by the Oak Park Village Board outlines affordable housing requirements for developers interested in building in certain portions of the village. Board members and staff spent months crafting the ordinance, which was approved by a 5-2 vote on March 11. The new ordinance affects developments of 25 or more rental housing units or ...

  • Mar 14, 06:43 PM | Wicked Local Metro

    147-Unit Affordable Housing Development Proposed For River Street In Winchester

    March 14-- Mar. 14--Developers are eyeing Winchester for a potential 40B project that would put a 147-unit building on River Street. The site proposal calls for a five-story multi-family residential building at 19-35 River St. with 37 affordable housing and 110 market-rate units. The project also includes 211 surface-level parking spaces, according to the site application. The proposal is the ...

  • Mar 14, 11:09 AM | Northfield News

    Subsidy For Affordable Housing Project Gets HRA Backing

    With affordable housing opportunities in mind, the Northfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority is supporting an incentive for a southern Minnesota construction company to build new units in the city. At its Feb. 26 meeting, the HRA unanimously approved a resolution in support of a new tax increment financing district at the location where Schrom Construction is proposing to build. The ...

  • Mar 13, 10:20 PM | Telegram & Gazette

    Tenant Employment Rate Rises In Worcester Housing Projects

    March 14-- Mar. 14--WORCESTER -- The employment rate in Worcester's two largest public housing projects has jumped by 24 percent in the past five years, housing authority figures show -- evidence, officials say, that their self-sufficiency programs are changing lives. "I'm thrilled that the numbers are what they are," Alex Corrales, executive director of the Worcester Housing Authority, said ...

  • Mar 13, 07:41 AM | Ball Park Digest

    Housing a Major Component of A's Ballpark Proposal

    Under their plans for a new Howard Terminal ballpark and Oakland Coliseum redevelopment, the Oakland A's are proposing 6,000 new housing units, potentially solving a need for the city. The A's unveiled plans late last year for a development initiative that was highlighted by the new ballpark at Howard Terminal. Along with the ballpark, which the A's are hoping to open as early as 2023, the ...

  • Mar 13, 07:34 AM | Bangor Daily News

    A Forgotten Midcoast Maine Neighborhood Is On The Verge Of Return

    March 13-- Mar. 13--ROCKLAND, Maine -- On a now-empty piece of land off Route 1 once stood 13 small cottages built in the 1930s. During its heyday, the Philbrick Avenue neighborhood was home to members of the local workforce. But over time, septic systems failed, the cottages fell into disrepair and they could no longer be rented. In 2012, the buildings were demolished. After purchasing the ...

  • Mar 13, 05:56 AM | The Mountain Press

    PILOT Agreement To Benefit Affordable Housing

    PIGEON FORGE -- City Commission accepted an agreement for payments in lieu of taxes Monday to help bring another 222 units of affordable housing to town. Developer Austin Williams has already built The Lofts, an apartment complex with 110 apartments, on Householder Street. He's planning to build another 222 units. The city, like the rest of Sevier County, has been struggling to find affordable ...

  • Mar 13, 07:36 AM | Washington Daily News

    Moss Landing Builds Thriving Community On Washington's Waterfront

    When it comes to community impact, few areas of Washington can claim to have seen so dramatic a transformation in the past 20 years as the piece of land that today houses the Moss Landing community. In the past decade, three minds have helped guide that transformation, and it was for that vision that the Washington-Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce recognized Jim Wiley, Bryon Lyons and Terry ...

  • Mar 13, 09:50 AM | News & Observer

    How much is too much? Plan to allow more housing in Durham neighborhoods delayed.

    March 13-- Mar. 13--DURHAM -- If you want to live close to downtown Durham but can't find a home there, changes in zoning could give you more options. Facing a declared housing crisis, the Durham Planning Department has focused for the past year on increasing density in the city's urban tier. Its recommendations are out now, and not everyone likes them. About 50 neighbors attended a public ...

  • Mar 13, 08:55 AM | The Advocate

    New Orleans City Planning Commission endorses stricter short-term rental rules

    March 13-- Mar. 13--The City Planning Commission on Tuesday night endorsed a plan that would limit short-term rentals in residential areas to owner-occupied properties, sending the proposal to the City Council for a final decision. Commissioners voted 5-2 in favor of a series of recommendations made by their staff to toughen the city's rules on short-term rentals, which were legalized under ...

  • Mar 12, 09:50 PM | Foster's Daily Democrat

    Rochester may fund homeless shelter project

    March 13-- Mar. 13--ROCHESTER -- A City Council subcommittee is recommending Rochester give a local homeless shelter $50,000 in federal funding to help it purchase land for a year-round facility. The Economic Development Committee voted Monday night to recommend the funding for the Homeless Center for Strafford County while finalizing its recommendations for the upcoming year's community ...

  • Mar 12, 09:37 PM | Clackamas Review

    Mayors discuss housing, climate change at North Clackamas forum

    Gladstone, Happy Valley, Milwaukie leaders weigh in on various local initiatives ------------ Housing affordability was the biggest topic of conversation at this year's State of Cities Forum, with Gladstone, Happy Valley and Milwaukie all seeking multifamily housing projects amid the recent passage of statewide rent-control legislation. Oregon City Mayor Dan Holladay was absent from the North ...

  • Mar 12, 09:32 PM | Charlotte Observer

    Can't afford a house near uptown? These townhomes could be the solution.

    March 13-- Mar. 13--As the dwindling supply of houses in Charlotte pushes prices higher, there's one bright spot in the market: townhomes. New townhome construction increased by 20 percent last year, according to data from housing market research group Metrostudy. Builders started on just over 1,800 townhouses. And more have been announced this year by homebuilding giants like David Weekley ...

  • Mar 12, 04:41 AM | Monadnock Ledger Transcript

    Debate Over Tiny Homes Looms Large As Lawmakers Table Proposal

    Concord Monitor As the debate about tiny homes makes its way through the state Legislature the discussion often hinges on items like square footage and septic hookups, but there’s another factor that one fan says is important to keep in mind: School loans. “A friend of mine was going to graduate school and it was expensive to live here. He built a tiny house,” said Ray Conner, who owns All ...

  • Mar 11, 01:46 PM | National Mortgage News

    Members Only Urbanization Of The Overall Economy Reflects On New Housing Starts

    As housing starts gradually rise, the proportion of homes getting built outside of metropolitan areas is declining due to fewer jobs there to support them.Cities contain a higher concentration of jobs, especially compared to 50 or 100 years ago. Agrarian and farming work decreased over time and urban centers present increasing benefits. In addition to a fuller complement of jobs, cities offer ...

  • Mar 11, 06:40 PM | Casa Grande Dispatch

    New Homes Planned For Tamaron, Villago

    CASA GRANDE - More new homes are being planned for Casa Grande, including a multigenerational model that has an attached apartment designed for boomerang kids or aging parents. On Thursday, the Casa Grande Planning and Zoning Commission gave approval for a new housing product line that will be offered in the Tamaron subdivision, north of Cottonwood Lane and east of Peart Road. Wade Jurney ...

  • Mar 11, 09:43 PM | Tri-City Herald

    It's been a pit for years. This week, a $20 million project will start to fill it

    March 12-- Mar. 12--RICHLAND, Wa. -- It's been an agonizing wait for Richland's eyesore "pit," but the gateway site is about to filled by a $20 million apartment and retail complex. For real this time. The Crown Group breaks ground Thursday on Park Place at 650 George Washington Way, three months after a legal snafu delayed the original launch. "It will be a great addition to downtown ...

  • Mar 10, 09:46 PM | Ledger

    Members Only Surge of housing coming to downtown grows

    March 11-- Mar. 11--LAKELAND -- More than two years after the grand opening of NoBay Village, which in 2016 was seen as a tentative test of the downtown residential market, Lakeland's Broadway Real Estate is aiming to repeat the success. Lake Mirror Tower, a historic residential high-rise that Broadway purchased as NoBay was being developed, had a history of success with around 75 units, but ...

  • Mar 11, 12:31 PM | Portland Press Herald

    Members Only Sable Oaks will be site of 120-unit senior living community in South Portland

    March 11-- Mar. 11--SOUTH PORTLAND -- A Colorado company is expected to begin construction this summer on a 120-unit assisted-living and memory-care facility on property that was part of the former Sable Oaks Golf Club. The $40 million project at Running Hill and Country Club roads -- at the entrance to the golf club property and across from the Target shopping center -- is the first of ...

  • Mar 11, 10:28 AM | The Daily Beast

    Members Only 'We Want To Live, Not Hide': Inside New York City's First LGBT Elder Housing Project

    Construction workers have a tradition. When “topping out” a building, putting the final beam or equivalent in place, they typically plant an American flag on the property’s roof. Here, flapping in the cold winter wind on the roof of a history-making building in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, the Stars and Stripes has been joined by a rainbow flag. When it opens in the late summer the 145-unit ...

  • Mar 10, 06:48 PM | Eagle-Tribune

    City to hold lottery for new apartments

    March 10-- Mar. 10--HAVERHILL -- The city will add to its stock of affordable and market-rate housing when 62 new apartments open as early as this fall in a former factory building on Essex Street known for many years as the Chen building. Mayor James Fiorentini said the city will hold a lottery for apartments in the "98 Essex" development being built by Peabody Properties. There will in an ...

  • Mar 10, 05:32 PM | The Patriot Ledger

    Quincy's first modular building is ready to rent

    March 10-- Mar. 10--QUINCY -- Like a real-life game of Legos, a crane hoisting building blocks into place at 1500 Hancock St. has built Nova Quincy, the newest apartment building to rise over the downtown. The top five floors of the 171-apartment building are made of prefabricated modular boxes, a first in Quincy and on the South Shore. There are signs that modular construction could be ...

  • Mar 10, 12:39 PM | The Northwest Herald

    40-unit housing development pitched for Huber Oaks

    A developer is proposing the transformation of the former Haber Oaks campus into a 40-unit housing development targeting residents 55 and older. David Cook – the same man behind the eight-duplex Harper Point Development at the nearby intersection of Harper Avenue and Haber Road – pitched his idea Tuesday to the Cary Village Board, and officials seemed optimistic. "I love that you're re-using ...

  • Feb 13, 06:06 AM | Oregonian

    Members Only Cities Uneasy With Plan To Eliminate Single-Family Zoning

    Oregon city officials appear uneasy with a proposal from House Speaker Tina Kotek to allow duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes in low-density neighborhoods across the state. House Bill 2001 would effectively abolish single-family zoning in cities with more than 10,000 residents, allowing the construction of multi-unit homes, as well as dividing existing homes into more than one living space. ...

  • Feb 13, 01:34 AM | Wednesday Journal of Oak Park & River Forest

    Making Oak Park housing affordable?

    The Oak Park Board of Trustees moved closer to approving an inclusionary zoning ordinance that would require residential property developers to provide affordable units in their developments or contribute money to an affordable housing fund. The details of how much developers must contribute, whether that includes cash or physical units and how affordable the units would be were among the top ...

  • Feb 12, 10:22 PM | Telegram & Gazette

    Worcester gets 'aggressive' on affordable housing

    Feb. 12--WORCESTER -- The affordable housing crisis plaguing many areas of the country as incomes fail to keep up with the cost of housing has not bypassed New England's second largest city. Though Worcester has long exceeded the state's 10 percent benchmark, the city and local housing advocates are continuously working to fulfill the housing needs of workers and the city's growing diverse ...

  • Feb 12, 06:08 PM | Pioneer Press Newspapers

    Inclusionary zoning ordinance aimed at bringing more affordable housing to Oak Park

    Feb. 12--The Oak Park Village Board is reviewing several staff recommendations for an inclusionary zoning ordinance, which is aimed at bringing more affordable residential units to the village. Village staff provided six recommendations for trustees to consider on Feb. 11, including an ordinance applying to both new "by-right" construction and "planned developments" of 25 units or more. The ...

  • Feb 12, 07:34 AM | Bangor Daily News

    Bangor is 'that close' to ending long-term homelessness

    Feb. 12--A Maine housing developer has received $350,000 from the federal government to build additional housing in the Bangor area in an effort that could nearly rid the city of long-term homelessness. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the money to Community Housing of Maine, the state's largest housing provider for people who were homeless, on Feb. 6, according to ...

  • Feb 12, 06:08 AM | Waco Tribune-Herald

    Container House Draws Mixed Interest From Neighbors, City

    A steel shipping container being converted into a housing unit at the intersection of North 11th Street and Colcord Avenue is the first project of its kind in Waco, but not without discussion among neighbors. As society continues to embrace shipping containers for residential and commercial uses and local officials craft regulations for them, project manager David Hochhaus said the container ...

  • Feb 12, 03:03 AM | Telegram & Gazette

    Need for affordable housing remains constant as area communities work to increase supply

    Feb. 12--WORCESTER -- The affordable housing crisis plaguing many areas of the country as incomes fail to keep up with the cost of housing has not bypassed New England's second largest city. Though Worcester has long exceeded the state's 10 percent benchmark, the city and local housing advocates are continuously working to fulfill the housing needs of workers and the city's growing diverse ...

  • Feb 12, 03:02 AM | Press of Atlantic City

    Tiny houses seen as big answer to blight, affordable housing

    ATLANTIC CITY - Tiny houses may provide a big answer to the problem of blight and homelessness in Atlantic City, according to one pastor who has built one tiny home and has plans for at least five more here. Seeds of Hope Community Development Corp. has Planning Board approval to build five tiny homes on two vacant lots on C. Morris Cain Place, behind the Police Athletic League on North New ...

  • Feb 08, 07:35 AM | Bangor Daily News

    In Need Of Worker Housing, Acadia Could Become First National Park To Team Up With Developer

    Feb. 08--In a move aimed at addressing the perennial lack of housing on Mount Desert Island for seasonal employees, Acadia is looking to become the first national park in the country to partner with a private developer on a housing project. Who the private developer might be and the project's potential cost are unknown at this point, but Acadia officials already have identified a four-acre ...

  • Feb 08, 03:42 AM | San Francisco Chronicle

    Members Only S.F. gets $44.5 millionfor homeless housing

    San Francisco received more money than any other California county except Los Angeles in this year's round of federal homeless funding grants, and much of that will go toward dozens of programs to house people permanently. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded San Francisco more than $44.5 million this year, up from $41.5 million last year. In all, the nine-county Bay ...

  • Feb 06, 10:35 AM | Greeley Tribune

    Greeley City Council gives initial OK to aggressive plan for housing

    Feb. 06--The Greeley City Council gave initial approval Tuesday to a plan that sets the city's sights on an ambitious goal: building 5,557 homes by 2024. The plan, approved by the council on first reading, calls for a solution to rising housing costs and low availability of homes in Greeley. Specifically, the city's goal is to build 2,045 multi-family units and 3,515 single-family homes in the ...

  • Feb 04, 09:55 PM | National Real Estate Investor

    Members Only (Opinion) Zoning Reform Alone Won’t Make Housing Affordable

    (Bloomberg Opinion)—During the past few years, it has become clear that housing affordability is a major challenge facing the U.S. Rent is consuming an increasing percentage of consumers’ paychecks: The problem has become especially acute in big cities and technology hubs like San Francisco: One of the most popular solutions being proposed is zoning reform. Rules that limit density — ...

  • Feb 04, 07:17 PM | St. Cloud Times

    Sartell seeks residents' help for grant to rehab some low-income housing

    Feb. 05--SARTELL -- Sartell residents with low to moderate incomes whose homes are in need of TLC may have a chance to get help. Sartell is invited to submit a full application for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development's Small Cities funding program. If awarded, grant money would go to low- to moderate-income homeowners to rehabilitate homes in certain areas of the ...

  • Feb 04, 06:01 PM | Columbus Dispatch

    Members Only Lack of affordable housing is a suburban problem, too

    Feb. 04--Central Ohio's suburbs have become a target of affordable housing efforts. With the region's rising housing costs straining people everywhere, developers, advocates and some city leaders are increasingly calling attention to the need for affordable housing to be built in places where it historically hasn't been. "We're just starting to reach out into the suburbs more," said Bruce ...

  • Jan 30, 05:22 PM | Los Angeles Times

    Members Only Report: California Doesn't Have Enough Land Set Aside To Meet Gov. Gavin Newsom's Housing Goals

    Jan. 30--SACRAMENTO -- Among the hurdles Gov. Gavin Newsom will face in his goal to see 3.5 million new homes built across California over the next seven years is that the state hasn't set aside enough land for that development, a forthcoming report by UCLA concludes. Cities and counties have zoned land to allow for the construction of 2.8 million homes, according to research from UCLA's ...

  • Jan 29, 07:34 PM | Ocala Star-Banner

    New study: 'housing first' is answer to homelessness

    Jan. 29--Marion County should move to a "housing first" strategy to help homeless people get off the streets, according to a lengthy study released Tuesday morning. The 124-page Public Policy Institute of Marion County study, called "Homelessness: The Long Road Home," was unveiled after a breakfast meeting at the College of Central Florida. Since 1999, the PPI has conducted 13 studies about ...

  • Jan 29, 02:57 PM | Portsmouth Herald

    Kittery OKs housing measuresTown to develop zoning changes to encourage affordable units

    KITTERY, Maine - The Town Council approved two major housing resolutions Monday night, taking another step in magnifying at the municipal level the issue of affordability and needs of a socioeconomically diverse population. One motion gave the town's housing working group and Town Manager Kendra Amaral the go-ahead to develop recommendations for zoning amendments that support the creation of ...

  • Jan 29, 03:32 AM | Seattle Times

    Seattle City Council Adopts Emergency Moratorium on Redevelopment of Mobile-Home Parks

    Jan. 29--The Seattle City Council on Monday adopted an emergency, one-year moratorium on the redevelopment of mobile-home parks and will work in the coming months on long-term protections for mobile-home dwellers. The vote was 8-0, with Councilmember M. Lorena González absent. Councilmembers Kshama Sawant and Mike O'Brien sponsored the legislation after residents of the Halcyon Mobile Home ...

  • Jan 28, 02:38 AM | Richmond Times-Dispatch

    Nonprofit seeks to turn vacant facility into housing for the homeless, othersHenrico and Richmond working with nonprofit to convert abandoned retirement home into housing for the homeless

    Rodney Washington awoke before dawn Thursday to a dozen volunteers and police officers clustering around the tractor-trailer he'd huddled under to escape the wind and rain. It wasn't his usual truck. The man who'd given him permission to shelter under his vehicle was on the road. "I'm not sure who drives this one," Washington said. "I've had nowhere to go." He lit a cigarette and kept his head ...

  • Jan 28, 12:08 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Anchorage proposal offers tax break for new downtown housing

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage officials have proposed giving 12-year property tax breaks to developers who build housing in the city's downtown area. Mayor Ethan Berkowitz's administration unveiled the proposed ordinance earlier this month, offering the tax break for new developments or redevelopments that add at least four units of housing, the Anchorage Daily News reported Sunday. The ...

  • Jan 24, 10:09 PM | Miami Herald

    Miami-Dade Passes Plan to Let Developers Build More Near Metrorail, Transit Routes

    Jan. 25--Miami-Dade is moving closer to allowing larger buildings along current and future transit routes, part of a plan to get more people to live closer to bus and rail service. County commissioners on Wednesday revised Miami-Dade's development rules to allow for more density in the six corridors that make up the Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit Plan -- best known as the SMART Plan. ...

  • Jan 24, 06:26 PM | The Advocate

    What's in City Council plan to boost New Orleans' affordable housing? Here are the 3 strategies

    Jan. 25--Casting the move as a key component of a broader plan to boost the amount of affordable housing in the city, the New Orleans City Council on Thursday approved the idea of requiring developers to add lower-cost units to residential projects in certain city neighborhoods. The council directed the City Planning Commission to come up with rules for the affordable housing mandate as well ...

  • Jan 24, 09:43 AM | Seattle Times

    What can Seattle learn from cities where homelessness has dropped?

    Jan. 24--It's no secret that homelessness has engulfed the West Coast: Rises in cities like Seattle, LA and San Francisco are the reason homelessness in the U.S. has gone up in the last few years while it continues to go down on the East Coast. Project Homeless has gone to many of those cities looking at what their governments are trying: How San Diego is giving people safe places to live in ...

  • Jan 24, 04:17 AM | Portland Press Herald

    Members Only Portland council decides hotel developers will help fund affordable housing

    Jan. 24--The Portland City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to require hotel developers either to build low-income housing, or pay a fee to the city. The approval came despite concerns from some councilors that the fee did not apply to all hotels in the city and could freeze future hotel development, or at least skew the market toward more expensive luxury hotels. Hotel developers also feel ...

  • Jan 18, 08:33 AM | Daily News

    Affordable housing a top priority after hurricane

    Jan. 18--Hurricane Florence may have an influence as the City of Jacksonville gathers public input on how best to invest Community Development Block Grant funds and overcome barriers to fair housing. Jacksonville Community Engagement is in the process of updating its Fair Housing Pan and its Five Year Consolidated Plan, which specifies how Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds should ...

  • Jan 18, 04:19 AM | Phoenix New Times

    Report: Renting a Home Is More Affordable Than Buying One in Phoenix

    Renting a three-bedroom home in the Phoenix metro area is generally more affordable than buying a median-priced home, according to a new report. And it's not just Phoenix. It might be a better option for Arizonans to rent over buying in seven of the 10 counties analyzed by ATTOM Data Solutions, a property data management company. Continue Reading ATTOM analyzed data from 755 counties in the ...

  • Jan 18, 02:47 AM | Columbus Daily Reporter

    Another report shows downside to Columbus' hot housing market

    A $1,000 increase in the cost of a new homes would push more than 1,300 prospective homebuyers out of central Ohio's market, according to a recent study. Homebuyers who would have qualified for a mortgage to purchase the home before the increase but not afterward would be priced out, according to the National Association of Home Builders' study. "While many cost drivers, such as increases in ...

  • Jan 17, 08:42 PM | Contra Costa Times

    Can State Government Make a Dent in California's Housing Crisis?

    Jan. 17--One of the central issues looming before California's new governor, Gavin Newsom, is the state's acute housing affordability crisis. As he unveiled his first budget blueprint this month, days into the job, Newsom spoke at length about the depth of the problem and how he aimed to attack it, from new state investments in affordable housing to better local planning. In his speech, Newsom ...

  • Jan 17, 09:40 AM | Dallas Morning News

    Members Only Dallas has a Plan to Work With Developers to Increase Affordable Housing

    Jan. 17--Experts, social service providers and city officials agree: A big key to turning the tide on generational poverty in Dallas is access to more affordable housing for the thousands of residents who need it. The city of Dallas' comprehensive housing plan says the city needs 20,000 additional affordable housing units. The Dallas Housing Authority in many ways is the linchpin for success. ...

  • Jan 17, 03:00 AM | Indiana Daily Student (Indiana University)

    Members Only EDITORIAL: A city's attempt at redemption: dollar homes

    Buy Photos Gary, Indiana has been hit hard by the collapse of the steel industry in the 1960s. The population of Gary has decreased by more than half, and this has lead to abandoned and neglected homes. In fact, nearly a third of all homes in Gary are abandoned or unoccupied. It has become such a problem that Gary’s Department of Community Development has begun to sell some of these homes for ...

  • Jan 17, 12:21 AM | The Huffington Post

    Members Only Microsoft Will Loan Up To $500 Million To Address Seattle's Housing Crisis

    Play Video Microsoft announced Wednesday it would loan up to $500 million to address homelessness and help build affordable housing in the Seattle area, which has been plagued by skyrocketing real estate prices as tech companies have taken over the Emerald City. The software giant, which isn’t based in Seattle but nearby Redmond, said it would work to open up housing options for low- and ...

  • Jan 16, 10:06 AM | Idaho Press-Tribune

    Urban renewal agency adds incentives for housing development

    BOISE — As the city is working out the finer details of its plan to combat the growing housing affordability crisis, Boise’s urban renewal agency is making changes of its own to incentivize housing construction at all price levels. Capital City Development Corporation’s board of directors unanimously voted Monday to adopt new changes to its Participation Program that increase how much funding ...

  • Jan 16, 09:21 AM | Wicked Local North

    Melrose set to adjust affordable housing guidelines to further increase stock

    Jan. 16--New zoning rules could lead to an increase in affordable housing in Melrose. At a joint meeting Tuesday, Jan. 14, the Board of Aldermen and Planning Board considered measures crafted by the latter in recent months. City Planner Denise Gaffey said the city's current means of incentivizing affordable housing, in place since 2004, have been successful. "The program has been incredibly ...

  • Jan 15, 11:23 PM | Marin Independent Journal

    Marin moves $4 million from general fund for affordable housing projects

    Jan. 15--Marin supervisors Tuesday approved shifting $4.1 million in general fund money to the county's housing trust fund to be used to increase the stock of affordable homes. "It sounds like a lot of money but it is just a drop in the bucket compared with what is needed," said Supervisor Katie Rice. Over the past three years, the supervisors have used about $5.9 million in trust fund money ...

  • Jan 15, 09:13 PM | Boston Herald

    Housing crisis highlighted as Marty Walsh nears State of the City address

    Jan. 15--Mayor Martin J. Walsh is citing housing as a priority as he prepares for his fifth State of the City address tonight, but he was unwilling to commit his support to a City Council proposal to up the taxes on some luxury real estate developers -- in a bid to ease the rental crisis that is driving some people out of the city. "Boston is one of the most expensive cities," said District 7 ...

  • Jan 15, 06:38 PM | Pioneer Press Newspapers

    Several area towns faced with affordable housing challenges

    Jan. 15--Western Springs, Oak Brook, Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, Elmhurst and La Grange are among the 46 Illinois communities not meeting a 10 percent threshold for affordable housing in a recently issued list. But that goal is a distant target for many towns that are already built out or with high-priced property. The towns are supposed to submit a plan to the Illinois Development Housing Authority ...

  • Jan 15, 12:35 PM | Charlotte Observer

    Some of Charlotte's biggest banks are pledging $70 million to affordable housing

    Jan. 15--Three major financial institutions are pledging more than $70 million to fund low-income housing developments in Charlotte, giving a boost to the city's efforts to keep up with the fast-rising costs of renting or buying a home. Bank of America, Ally Financial and Barings said they will invest a combined $70.75 million through a series of initiatives. The bulk of it, $50 million, will ...

  • Jan 15, 03:33 AM | Seattle Times

    Some Potential Block-By-Block Changes to Seattle's Plan to Upzone 27 Neighborhoods

    Jan. 15--Seattle City Council members Monday began discussing block-by-block changes to a plan that would allow denser buildings while imposing affordable-housing requirements on developers in 27 neighborhoods, with the goal of generating thousands of low-income apartments. The dozens of tweaks under consideration include potential amendments that would scale back upzones proposed for certain ...

  • Jan 15, 03:00 AM | Colorado Daily (University of Colorado at Boulder)

    Members Only Boulder City Council could renew push for affordable housing on Shining Mountain Waldorf land

    Incorporating affordable housing into the north Boulder Shining Mountain Waldorf School's proposed redevelopment project has been deemed too financially difficult by school officials. But some city council members at Tuesday's meeting might still push them to find a design, and possibly pursue a rezoning of some land, to make such housing on site doable, Councilman Bob Yates predicted. The ...

  • Jan 14, 08:30 PM | Florida Newswire

    Members Only Study: Housing Workforce Shortage Is Barrier to Affordability

    OAKLAND, Calif., Jan 14, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- According to California's Housing and Community Development Department (HCD), the golden state must dramatically increase the productive capacity of its residential construction sector in order to create enough new housing to improve affordability. However, new research released today by Smart Cities Prevail shows the industry has failed ...

  • Jan 14, 12:31 PM | Portland Press Herald

    Members Only Portland looks to make workforce housing more affordable

    Jan. 14--Three years after Portland required developers to build housing that's affordable to middle-income buyers and renters, the first such unit to be built is under contract to be sold. But the demand for the three units put on the market has been so weak that the city is adjusting the program, effectively reducing the prices and offering additional financial assistance to entice more ...

  • Jan 14, 11:26 AM | Associated Press

    Members Only Trust looks to expand affordable housing complex

    HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont housing trust is looking to expand an affordable housing project in Hartford. Twin Pines Housing Trust has applied to the Hartford Planning Commission to expand phase two of its $9 million project from 15 to 17 townhouse units, citing an increasing need for affordable housing. The Valley News reports The multi-bedroom units will be open to families and ...

  • Jan 14, 05:30 AM | The Boston Globe

    Members Only Boston officials propose new taxes on some real estate deals to pay for more housing

    In the thick of an affordable housing crisis that has taken hold across Greater Boston, city councilors have proposed levying fees on high-end real estate deals to help pay for more housing — part of a bold and controversial movement across the region to tax developers who have been profiting off of a historic building boom. The proposal would set a tax of up to 6 percent on many commercial ...

  • Jan 13, 05:18 AM | Leader-Telegram

    Mix of housing proposed for Eau Claire

    Jan. 13--Three projects that would add 360 new rental housing units -- a mix of townhomes, working-class apartments and senior living -- to Eau Claire are seeking the city's approval. Eau Claire's Plan Commission will review rezoning requests needed for those projects during that group's 7 p.m. Monday meeting at the Courthouse, and the City Council is scheduled to then cast deciding votes next ...

  • Jan 10, 08:16 AM | Seattle Weekly

    King County Considers Building 44,000 Affordable Housing Units By 2024

    A report on housing released in December was accepted by the King County Council on Monday.

  • Jan 09, 05:30 PM | The Washington Post

    Members Only D.C.’s housing authority is working to improve options for families in need

    The Jan. 5 Economy & Business article "Rental vouchers don't relieve struggle" put a spotlight on the obstacles to housing and economic mobility for low-income families who receive federal housing vouchers, which are administered under rules established nationwide by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Public housing authorities across the country are pursuing innovative ...

  • Jan 09, 05:12 PM | Idaho Press-Tribune

    Inside Boise's affordable housing stock

    Affordable housing units in Boise: 2,900-plus Rents in city-owned apartments: $280 for studio up to $650 for three-bedroom Wait list for housing authority unit: Two years, on average BOISE — When it opens this summer, Adare Manor will add 134 affordable housing units to an inventory of roughly 3,000 across Boise. But with an ambitious plan to increase housing, city officials have made clear ...

  • Jan 06, 03:00 AM | The New York Times

    Members Only The City's Housing Outlook

    More than 20,000 new apartments in New York, both for sale and for rent, will open their doors this year -- and likely just a fraction will find residents by year end. The affordable ones, of course, will attract thousands of applicants, but the bulk of the new units -- in gleaming towers, many of them conceived at the height of the last housing boom -- will enter a saturated market, where ...

  • Jan 05, 10:45 PM | Post & Courier

    Minneapolis ends single-family zoning, but fixing housing not so simple

    I’m not sure why anybody would want to live in a city where winter temperatures are comparable to Antarctica and it can drop below freezing in late May, but apparently people do. Minneapolis is growing, and like so many growing cities in the United States, it’s facing a housing crisis. So in December, the city became probably the first major municipality in the country to ban single-family ...

  • Jan 04, 08:38 PM | Creative Loafing

    Tampa City Council considers changing parking rule to make way for micro housing

    Micro housing basically refers to small condos or apartments that put occupants closer to work - often at a reduced price - in exchange for a smaller living space. It's a trend that's taking hold across the country, and on January 10 the Tampa City Council may consider changing a parking rule that could lead the construction of more micro housing. "The proposal would amend the language of a ...

  • Jan 04, 09:01 AM | Winnipeg Free Press

    Members Only Plan for infill housing gets makeover

    Two new houses on a single lot, which take up more space than the home that used to be there, may soon be a thing of the past in Winnipeg. A city report that will be presented to the civic property and development, heritage and downtown development committee next week recommends councillors begin the approval process on a new residential infill strategy, beginning with revising the maximum lot ...

  • Jan 04, 02:32 AM | East Bay Express

    Can Building Housing Lower Rents?

    Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from Randy Shaw's new book, Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America (University of California Press). A Berkeley resident, Shaw is the longtime editor of Beyond Chron and the author of several books. He's also the director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, San Francisco's leading provider of housing for homeless adults. The ...

  • Jan 03, 10:49 PM | Times

    Developers secure Indiana tax credits for affordable housing projects in East Chicago, Gary

    Jan. 03--EAST CHICAGO -- Two affordable housing projects slated for Northwest Indiana have received a financial boost from the state. The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority last month signed off on rental housing tax credits and a development loan for UP Development's project in East Chicago's North Harbor section and Miller-Valentine Group's project in Gary's downtown area. ...

  • Jan 03, 01:49 PM | AM New York

    Gowanus Latest Stop in Where We Live NYC's Fair Housing Efforts

    Jan. 03--Dozens of people capped off a December day by gathering in the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus and dissecting the area's demographics. Mark Shames mourned the prospect of his Park Slope development losing a lawsuit seeking to secure its rent-regulated status. Karen Blondel asked where, as a black woman, she would feel comfortable relocating after years in Red Hook Houses' scenic ...

  • Jan 03, 12:42 PM | National Mortgage News (Online)

    Members Only Habitat Can't Build Bay Area Homes Cheap Enough For Low-Income Buyers

    Rising construction costs and a big drop in public funding is forcing an organization that builds inexpensive homes for low-income buyers in the Bay Area to sell them for higher prices than many of those people can afford.The group, Habitat for Humanity, says it can't raise money fast enough to cover the gap between what very low-income residents can pay and the actual costs of providing ...

  • Jan 03, 11:30 AM | The Washington Post

    Members Only Housing vouchers mostly move families into impoverished neighborhoods, even when better apartments exist elsewhere

    Your neighborhood determines the quality of your children's schools and your access to jobs, transportation, even fresh food. But a new study found that in nearly all 50 of America's biggest metropolitan areas, low-income families using federal housing vouchers remain overly concentrated in impoverished, racially segregated neighborhoods with little opportunity — even with plenty of affordable ...

  • Jan 02, 02:40 PM | Herald and News

    Changes to Seattle’s single-family zoning couldimprove housing picture, city report says

    SEATTLE (TNS) — The single-family zoning that dominates Seattle has priced people who aren’t rich out of most of the city’s neighborhoods, is contributing to income and racial inequality, and has forced the city’s booming population to crowd into small pockets of the city, a new planning-commission analysis concludes. The advisory report released this week stops short of recommending major ...

  • Dec 26, 04:57 PM | Associated Press

    Members Only Lincoln Officials Look Into City's Affordable Housing Crisis

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Katharen Wiese knows she is one of the lucky renters. Her apartment near 13th and D streets is large, well-maintained, even has a laundry area. And it's affordable, about $600 a month. And her landlord, the F Street Neighborhood Church, is great. She and her husband, Scott, spent hours checking out rental ads and had looked at a couple of apartments, searching for ...