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An alternative education: From 'messed up' to resilient and determined 29.8.2015 MinnPost
CC/Flickr/Ricky Romero We’ve got to make academic opportunities available for all children of all colors and cultures at every economic status. On Sept. 18, 1990, I retrieved my Wayzata High School diploma from the Wayzata Schools administrative building because I hadn’t attended the ceremony with the rest of the Wayzata senior class. My graduation ceremony occurred on June 3 at West Metro Elliot, of District 287, an alternative education program in the western suburbs of Minneapolis. There were six of us graduating that year, one of the largest senior class groups that West Metro Elliot had at that point. Christy Coaty I may have received my official Wayzata High School diploma, but it was NOT easily acquired. From a young age, I couldn’t focus in school. I had trust and behavioral issues with many of my teachers and classmates, and frankly I was “different.” I was also economically disadvantaged, which was particularly difficult living in an affluent suburban community; I had grown up in various HUD ...
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Running mate talk 'flatters' Texan 28.8.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro defended former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday morning on her use of private email -- as he also deflected chatter about him as a potential running mate to her presidential campaign.
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Developer, builders group sue city over affordable housing rule 28.8.2015 Chicago Tribune: Business
A Chicago developer and a trade group representing local homebuilders have filed a lawsuit against the city for its affordable housing requirements, two months before even more stringent rules are set to take ...
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HUD Secretary Castro attends Minneapolis event to mobilize Latino voters 26.8.2015 MinnPost

A group pushing for higher Latino turnout in elections is hosting HUD Secretary Julian Castro today in Minneapolis. 

Unidos Votamos is holding the event at Plaza Verde, 1516 East Lake St., from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The group says it's working to "organize our community and increase Latino voter participation in Minnesota and the nation."

Castro, a former San Antonio mayor, has been mentioned as a possible vice-presidential option for Hillary Clinton.

Also scheduled to attend are: State Sens. Patricia Torres Ray and Melisa Franzen; state Rep. Carlos Mariani; Ramsey County Commissioner Rafael Ortega, Minneapolis City Council Member Alondra Cano and Bloomington School Board member Nelly Korman.

Obama invokes free-market principles to promote clean-energy plan 25.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
President Obama cited free-market principles in making the case for alternative energy Monday night, speaking on a day when his administration also announced new government support for clean-energy industries.
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Obama visits Nevada, the center of the solar boom, to talk clean energy and climate change 24.8.2015 Washington Post
This story has been updated.LAS VEGAS — President Obama will arrive here Monday to announce a bevy of initiatives to promote clean-energy growth in America’s homes and on its rooftops — the first stop in a climate and energy-focused tour that will also take him to New Orleans and Alaska this month.Read full article ...
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The housing crisis is more complex than a few people paying too little in rent 21.8.2015 Washington Post: Editorials
MUCH HAS been made of a New York family paying $1,574 a month to live in public housing while earning $497,911 a year. The case, which the inspector general for the Department of Housing and Urban Development unearthed, is as “egregious” as the watchdog said in a report. Yet the real problem is not the relatively small number of tenants who earn more than they are allowed; it is the much larger number of people on the waiting list for housing.Read full article ...
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HUD flips public housing stance on families earning too much 20.8.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
The Department of Housing and Urban Development said Tuesday that in response to an unsparing audit by its watchdog, it's urging public housing authorities across the country to kick out tenants who make too much money to qualify for government ...
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After criticism, HUD says it’s trying to give the boot to public housing families who earn too much money 19.8.2015 Washington Post: Politics
Housing advocates are furious that conservatives are using an inspector general's review of public housing incomes as fodder to criticize the ...
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Twin Cities suburbs need more affordable housing, Met Council says 17.8.2015 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

On paper, the cities of St. Paul and Lakeville tie for their lack of affordable housing, and not in a good way. Each city would have to add more than 2,200 units to keep up with demand, according to the Metropolitan Council.

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A family in public housing makes nearly $498,000 a year. And HUD wants tenants like this to stay. 17.8.2015 Washington Post: Politics
The government public housing policy allows tenants who earn money over the income limit for subsidies to ...
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Ellison and Hodges take HUD Secretary Julián Castro on tour of Minneapolis 'Promise Zone' 7.8.2015 MinnPost
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison will take Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro on a walking tour of the city's newly designated Promise Zone. HUD recently added Minneapolis and other cities to its Promise Zone program, which identifies "economically struggling communities for special government attention as they work together to reduce poverty and crime, increase economic and educational opportunities and attract private investment." Today Castro is in town to check out the Minneapolis zone, which has these boundaries: Queen Avenue North (western), Mississippi River (eastern), Memorial Parkway/45th Avenue North (northern), and Bassett’s Creek (southern).  Today's walking tour will start at Dupont and West Broadway, and end at the EMERGE Career and Technology Center, 1936 N. Emerson Ave. City officials say their goals for the Minneapolis Promise Zone (MPZ) are: Reduce racial inequities in public services and institutions that contribute to the ongoing economic ...
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The Fair Housing Failure—Where Even the Liberal North Whistles Dixie 6.8.2015 American Prospect
AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald In this June 29, 2012 photo, the Cottage Landings affordable housing project is shown while under construction in Rye, New York. The development is part of a 750-unit requirement in the settlement of a 2009 lawsuit against Westchester County. The county is being criticized by the federal government over its implementation of the settlement.  In 2006, a civil-rights lawyer named Craig Gurian filed suit against Westchester County, New York, charging that the affluent county just north of the Bronx had been engaging in exclusionary housing practices that prevented people of color from moving into the county’s upscale suburban communities. Facing up to $150 million in fines for having, according to a federal judge, “utterly failed” to fulfill its obligations under the 1968 Fair Housing Act, Westchester entered into a landmark anti-discrimination settlement. The agreement committed the county to build 750 affordable housing units by 2016 in the whitest locales and market them in ...
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Residents fret possible sale of Como by the Lake apartments 4.8.2015 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

Bids will come in this week on an apartment complex by the shore of St. Paul's Lake Como -- one that's been home to disabled and elderly people for decades.

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Oh, rats! Seattle ranks No. 7 for rat sightings 4.8.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
Has the construction boom got the resilient rodents on the move?
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Landlord must allow disabled tenant's assistance animal 30.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Question: I manage an apartment building that doesn't allow pets. I recently found out that one of the tenants has had a dog in his unit for three weeks.
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Breaking Free attracts scrutiny, shuffles leadership 28.7.2015 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

A complaint alleging a St. Paul nonprofit, Breaking Free, has misused public funding and not properly served victims led the Minnesota attorney general's office to ask a dozen agencies to look into the organization.

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In desegregation fight, don’t forget families 27.7.2015 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Where you live largely determines the quality of your education, personal safety and social and economic opportunities. In essence, the quality of your life and that of your loved ones.We all intuitively know this. Increasing bodies of research confirm it.Read full article ...
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How two recent decisions will profoundly impact fair-housing policy 24.7.2015 MinnPost
It was a question that fair-housing advocates weren’t sure they wanted answered. At least not by the current U.S. Supreme Court. Can advocates use statistics to invalidate a rule or policy that has a disparate impact on minority groups even if there is no proof that government agencies or private entities intended to discriminate? It has been an important tool to force changes to discriminatory policies because showing their effect on minority populations is easier than proving that they were crafted with the intention of blocking housing integration. Twice before cases that would have posed the question to the court — including a case out of St. Paul — were settled for fear they would give the court an opportunity to dismantle an important remedy under the 1968 Fair Housing Act. That is the landmark civil rights law that was signed by President Lyndon Johnson one week after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. So on June 25 when a 5-4 court majority upheld the disparate-impact mechanism ...
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Give 'Atticus' parents a break 23.7.2015 LA Times: Top News
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