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Hurricane Sandy and the Inequalities of Resilience in New York 5.10.2018 American Prospect
As the Carolinas continue to grapple with the physical damage and psychological trauma from Hurricane Florence, the region faces difficult choices. Communities must decide which lands and neighborhoods to reclaim and rebuild and which ones are best left to absorb the ravages of intensifying storms. Those decisions will play out very differently depending on the race and the income of the individuals and families hit hardest by the historic flooding. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy slammed a very different region of the country: the Rockaways section of New York. But the aftermath of that historic storm provides some sobering clues about post-hurricane resilience efforts—like the ones that didn’t really help the Rockaways’ low-income residents and people of color. Most visitors to Manhattan or Brooklyn know little about the Rockaways. The finger-like Rockaway Peninsula runs approximately nine miles off the southeast end of Queens. Less than a mile across at its widest, the peninsula is flanked on one side by ...
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Apartment Rents Edge Higher 26.9.2018 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Third-quarter prices rose 2.9%, but tenants can still find deals in major metro areas.
Airport Workers to Launch Worldwide Protests for Higher Pay, Improved Working Conditions 26.9.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Robert E. Klein Jet Blue Airlines baggage handlers offload baggage from an Airbus 320 at gate C19 at Logan International Airport in Boston. With the unmistakable cacophony of airport noise in the background, Tim Maddox, a wheelchair attendant, takes a break from talking with workers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to speak with me. Maddox is organizing for next week’s global day of action for airport workers. “There’s been a real assault on unions, labor, and workers,” says Maddox who is an executive board member of Service Employees International Union (SEIU), United Service Workers West, which represents thousands of service workers across California. “So, we’re standing up for better jobs at the airport—to be able to have a voice on the job, and have respect on the job.”  Next Tuesday, October 2, airport workers around the world will protest for better worker protections and for union rights. According to SEIU, workers in at least 43 airports in 13 countries—airports that control ...
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Stopping evictions before they happen 11.9.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Who is at risk of eviction and what is being done to prevent homelessness?
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SE Minnesota, western Wisconsin brace for more rain as cleanup continues 31.8.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
High water along rivers and creeks washed out roads, flooded homes and businesses, and even rerouted a trout stream.
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Closing the New Affordable Housing Gaps 27.8.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Jeff Roberson A low-income housing complex under construction in St. Louis, Missouri Robert Goldman always kept close tabs on Capitol Hill tax talk. Reform proposals had been bopping around Capitol Hill in recent years, but nothing had happened.  Before the 2016 election, the Montgomery Housing Partnership (MHP), a non-profit affordable housing organization in Silver Spring, Maryland, that Goldman heads, had started the intricate financing process required to renovate Parkview Manor, a 1950s-era complex of more than 50 low-rise garden-style apartments that the nonprofit organization owns in Hyattsville, Maryland, a northeastern suburb of Washington. Designed for people of modest means, many housing developers see garden apartments as a tear-down worthy relics of a bygone era. Luxury buildings with more and smaller apartments are all the rage now, ones that command higher rent than fewer dwellings on a larger tract of land can. But since MHP owns the affordable housing development, Parkview ...
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Complaints of rent going up mid-lease underscore issue of what constitutes 'affordable housing' 23.8.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
When we talk about affordable housing, we usually talk about whether someone has a place to live or not. But buried in that discussion is another facet of the housing shortage: whether someone's rent is just a few dollars away from becoming unaffordable.
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Task force recommends ways to address critical shortage of affordable housing 22.8.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
An affordable housing task force appointed last year by Gov. Dayton is recommending broad changes in funding, technology and regulation to meet a statewide demand for affordable housing.
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Mpls. mayor wants to go big on spending for housing 16.8.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey's proposed 2019 budget calls for $40 million for affordable housing.
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Prosecutors expected to rest Friday after scrutiny of Paul Manafort's finances 10.8.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The jury got a granular look at Manafort's alleged use of offshore bank accounts and multiple loan applications on which prosecutors say he lied.
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A Better Minimum Wage 8.8.2018 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
It makes no sense to insist that workers in Midtown Manhattan and Selma, Ala., be paid the same.
Freddie Mac to Lower Finance Costs for Owners Who Cap Rent Rises 7.8.2018 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Freddie Mac, the country’s largest backer of apartment loans, is rolling out a new program that will offer lower-cost financing to owners who agree to cap rent increases for the life of their loans.
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The new housing crisis: Shut out of the market 6.8.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Ten years after a housing collapse during the Great Recession, home values have rebounded but there are too few homes on the market. Buyers face intense competition, and that means higher prices.
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Charlotte Rae, who played Mrs. Garrett on 80s sitcom 'Facts of Life,' dies at 92 6.8.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The Emmy- and Tony-nominated actor was most famous for her sitcom roles, which also included "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Car 54, Where Are You?" Rae was diagnosed with bone cancer last year.
Taking on Class and Racial Discrimination in Housing 2.8.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin Senator Cory Booker on Capitol Hill Zoning laws are not usually the stuff of which presidential campaigns are made. But Senator Cory A. Booker, who is often talked about as a presidential contender, says bad zoning laws are making housing more segregated and less affordable, and he has just introduced legislation to do something about it.  Booker was born in Washington, D.C., one year after the passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act. That legislation, which outlawed racial discrimination in the sale and rental of housing, helped make it possible for Booker’s parents, African American executives, to become the first black family to reside in Harrington Park, New Jersey, an affluent white community outside of Newark with strong public schools. Those schools helped launch Booker to Stanford, Oxford, Yale Law and beyond. But as a child Booker quickly became aware that a single law couldn’t wipe out entrenched inequalities of housing opportunity.  He visited relatives living in ...
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Rochester construction is booming, but affordable housing lags 23.7.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A Rochester city survey of residents shows that a strong majority is worried there isn't enough affordable housing for people working in the city's growing service industries.
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Counties Cancel ICE Detention Contracts 18.7.2018 American Prospect
David Bacon Zen Buddhists from Green Gulch Farm lead people walking in a circle outside the West County Detention Center, as part of the monthly vigil Most Latina teenagers celebrate their a quinceañera, or 15th birthday, with parties and dances. Sometimes their families even rent a hall and hire a band. On June 9, Alexa Lopez, dressed in a pink tulle gown, held her quinceañera outside the West County Detention Center in Richmond, California. Her father, Raul, had been locked inside for a year and a half. The celebration, organized with the help of the Interfaith Movement 4 Human Integrity (IM4HI), was in part an effort to help Alexa feel that, despite her family’s separation, she was surrounded by a community that understood the importance of that day. But it was also a way to show to the larger world the terrible cost of immigration detention and family separation. Perhaps that was one element convincing Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston to announce, a month later, that he was canceling the ...
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Section Wait: Federal housing vouchers hard to get, hard to use 18.7.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Snagging a federal Section 8 housing voucher can be a godsend for low-income people in a tight Twin Cities rental market, but it's a difficult road. In Dakota County this week, 5,000 people are expected to enter a lottery to get on the waitlist.
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Report: Affordable housing is a problem statewide 13.7.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
A Minnesota Housing Partnership report found that someone who's working full time and earning minimum wage can't afford to rent a one-bedroom apartment in any of Minnesota's counties.
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Lone theater in north Minneapolis plans big expansion 12.7.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A $10 million plan to expand north Minneapolis' only theater -- the Capri Theater -- will increase space and arts offerings.
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