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Trump’s anti-immigration agenda could make L.A.’s homelessness crisis even worse 12.7.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

President Trump recently weighed in on the rise in homelessness in cities across the country, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, and warned that the federal government may “do something to get that whole thing cleaned up” — whatever that means.

But the federal government already plays a major...

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Evictions loom for Chinatown residents who can’t find affordable housing 22.6.2019 LA Times: Commentary

“Hi, Thelma,” Shao Zhao said Wednesday evening to her longtime neighbor, Thelma Caseres, who was strolling through the courtyard of the Hillside Villa apartments in Chinatown.

Zhao is 23 and was born in China. Caseres is 61 and from El Salvador. But they have something in common: They both are...

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Section 8 demand in Twin Cities overwhelms available waitlist spots 21.6.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The Twin Cities housing authorities and the Metropolitan Council opened their waiting lists simultaneously for the first time this month. And they received more than 45,000 applications for just 7,500 spots on the voucher waiting lists.
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Are rent controls the solution to the affordable housing shortage? 20.6.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Do rent controls help address housing inequality and affordability? Some political leaders in New York and Oregon and some presidential candidates think so.
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L.A. City Council votes to ban low-income Section 8 rental discrimination 19.6.2019 LA Times: Commentary

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance that bars landlords from refusing to consider tenants who pay rent through Section 8, the federal subsidy program for low-income households.

In California, it’s already illegal to deny housing based on someone’s source of income, though...

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Southern California cities are rejecting the state’s push for more housing 18.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

As the state continues to face an affordable housing crisis, Gov. Gavin Newsom and local governments in Southern California are heading toward a clash over just how much the region will grow in the next decade.

While Newsom has called for a building boom to alleviate a shortage of available homes...

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Julian Castro calls for surge in federal spending to end homelessness 18.6.2019 LA Times: Nation

Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro called for a sharp rise in federal spending on housing for millions of Americans who are living on the street or struggling to pay rent.

Castro, who was secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Obama, on Monday proposed a federal...

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In Minneapolis, tax breaks for landlords help boost affordable housing 15.6.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The number of apartments in the Minneapolis program has more than tripled since last year.
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MN court rules in favor of Minneapolis in Section 8 housing ordinance 11.6.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The city is hailing a state appeals court decision allowing the city to ban landlords from discriminating against prospective renters solely because they receive Section 8 vouchers.
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End Section 8 housing discrimination 19.4.2019 LA Times: Commentary

For the homeless and those teetering on the edge of homelessness, housing vouchers are supposed to be a ticket into safe, stable housing. Federal Section 8 vouchers and other forms of rental assistance use public dollars to make up the difference between what a person can afford to pay and the...

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Denver housing initiative was supposed to help 400 families. So far it’s helping 3. 19.4.2019 Denver Post: News: Local
Denver's LIVE program was announced in 2017 and launched last summer. So far, it has three participants.
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L.A. City Council moves to outlaw discrimination against Section 8 tenants 18.4.2019 LA Times: Commentary

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday moved forward with a law that would bar landlords from refusing to consider tenants with Section 8 vouchers.

In a 12-0 vote, the council instructed the city attorney to draft an ordinance that would extend protections against so-called source-of-income...

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Landlords could not ban Section 8 tenants under proposed L.A. ordinance 16.4.2019 LA Times: Business

The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote Wednesday on an ordinance that would bar landlords from establishing blanket bans on tenants with Section 8 vouchers.

The law would extend protections against so-called source-of-income discrimination to people who pay with vouchers so they have...

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Seattle takes a small step against gentrification 16.4.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

This tech hub is booming as never before. Expedia is building a $900-million campus. Google, Facebook and Salesforce are expanding. And Amazon, closing in on Boeing as the area’s largest private employer, is currently advertising 10,000 jobs.

In seven years, Seattle saw its population swell from...

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Essential California: The trouble with housing vouchers 30.3.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday, March 30. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend:


In California, more than half of tenants struggle with unaffordable rent. Tens of thousands bed down on the streets at night. Vouchers are one...

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Housing vouchers can save people from homelessness. But landlords may not accept them 29.3.2019 LA Times: Commentary

When Kimberly Dominique received her Section 8 voucher in September, she thought it was the ticket to move out of the Ford Focus she and her 29-year-old son called home.

But Dominique, a 66-year-old stroke survivor, spent months contacting one apartment complex after another in Oceanside, only...

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It's already hard to get a Section 8 voucher. It's even harder to find a landlord willing to take it 30.1.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Housing subsidies are one of the fastest ways to get a homeless person off the street or to prevent someone from becoming homeless in the first place. Federal subsidies — dispensed through Section 8 vouchers and other forms of aid for renters — use public dollars to make up the difference between...

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Daily Digest: Shutdown dominates news 25.1.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
A Friday roundup of some Minnesota political stories.
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Housing subsidies are latest area of shutdown concern 25.1.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
With the federal shutdown stretching into a second month, there is growing concern that federal housing assistance could be in jeopardy. Gov. Tim Walz said Minnesota might need to step in.
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Trump administration seeks to limit green cards for immigrants needing public aid 23.9.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Federal law has historically sought to exclude immigrants who are likely to become a "public charge," but the proposed rule would expand the government's ability to deny immigrants residency or visas if they or family members benefit from aid programs.
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