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Housing & Development

Boise surpassing housing goals
By Pat Morris

More than 2,800 units were added to Boise’s housing stock in the past two years, and officials are hoping that easing the city’s housing crunch will also lead to a drop in prices and make housing more affordable, according to a local report.

Affordability

Minimum wage can't meet housing costs in Texas
By Pat Morris

The conventional wisdom to pay no more than 30 percent of your net income on housing can seem more and more like a pipe dream, especially to a population trying to work itself, or keep itself, out of homelessness.

Urban Community

Maryland passes education reform bill
By Pat Morris

With the coronavirus emergency breathing down its neck, the Maryland legislature agreed Tuesday to end its session two weeks early. And it ended by approving a massive education reform for the state.

Housing & Development

University of Virginia to donate land for affordable housing
By Pat Morris

The University of Virginia (UVA) recently committed to supporting the development of 1,000 to 1,500 units of affordable housing, its president announced.

Poverty

Robin Hood exec says poor don't benefit from their work
By Pat Morris

On March 3, while the COVID-19 pandemic was under way but before its financial consequences hit the U.S. with a hammer, Wes Moore was pointing out to Yahoo Finance (YF) what he called the dishonestly of an economic system that, he said, does not at all reward those at the bottom for working. Although it pretends it does.

Housing & Development

Atlanta mulls affordable housing options
By Pat Morris

Which comes first, the buildings or the land? That is one question the Atlanta City Council is mulling as it decides how to allocate the $1 million for the Housing Opportunity Bond Fund that Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms called for in a Feb. 17 executive order.

Housing & Development

Home sweet tiny home for some in San Jose
By Pat Morris

Up to 40 of San Jose’s estimated 6,100 homeless people will have a clean, private, safe place to stay for up to two months while they transition into permanent housing.

Poverty

Proposed new rules for CHIP, SNAP, others could make it harder to be poor
By Pat Morris

“Poor” is a label most people would like to avoid, but the designation is critical to qualifying for vital services such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps), Medicaid, CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program, or medical care for the children of the working poor), energy assistance and more.

Housing & Development

Sarasota: We can regulate our own vacation rentals
By Pat Morris

Sarasota is the latest in a spate of Florida cities that wants the state to get out of the short-term rental regulating business.

Restorative Justice

N.Y. state district attorneys argue for changes in bail law
By Pat Morris

When the state of New York eliminated cash bail for most nonviolent felonies along with misdemeanors, some protested that the law, which took effect Jan. 1, went too far in removing judicial discretion about the dangers of people who, for example, have criminal records or committed a nonviolent hate crime.

Poverty

N.C. community revives sock drive after theft
By Pat Morris

Socks are the most requested items at homeless shelters, something anyone who has had to live outside in a pair of shoes that probably doesn’t fit would understand.

Wolf asks for $6 million to help combat gun violence
By Pat Morris

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf brought a host of supporters to the General Assembly late last month to lobby for $6 million for programs to reduce gun violence. Students from Philadelphia’s public Parkway Northwest High School for Peace and Justice joined lawmakers, activists and community leaders to support the governor’s 2020-21 budget request.

Housing & Development

St. Petersburg considering 'linkage' fee to fund affordable housing
By Pat Morris

St. Petersburg might soon join the list of large and small cities that link approval of new construction, especially of expensive or luxury residences, to mitigate the impact those buildings have on existing residents of more modest means.

Affordability

Houston seeks $10 million to combat crime uptick
By Pat Morris

The good news? Houston’s overall crime rate is down 6%, and nonviolent crime is down 9%.