December 2014 Clips

Dec. 31, 2014

HUD/Administration News

Laura Zeilinger Appointed to Local DC Post, To Step Down as USICH Executive Director

World News

India: Easier land acquisition will boost affordable housing: Industry

National News

Here Are The Equity Storylines You Need to Follow in 2015

US homeless pin hopes on ‘Bill of Rights’ to end criminalization in 2015

Non-National News

Asheville, N.C.: Hidden in plain sight: Asheville’s food deserts

Minneapolis, Minn.: In Prospect Park, a plan to rebuild affordable housing

Washington, D.C.: Bowser taps officials to oversee D.C. homelessness, health, juvenile justice

Mass.: War on Poverty: Escalating rental housing costs hurt poor, middle class

Portland, Ore.: Tight market slams door on rent-voucher holders in Portland

Ashland, Ky.: Ashland Housing Authority named high performer

Madison, Wis: Grocery store, affordable housing in the works for east Madison's Union Corners

Eureka, Calif.: New housing project will offer affordable housing and supportive services

Topeka, Kan.: Rise in homeless students continues in Kansas

Crystal Lake, Ill.: Changing Faces: More projects around McHenry County look for low-income housing tax credits

Dec. 17, 2014

HUD/Administration News

The Private Sector Steps Up To End Homelessness in Massachusetts: Multi-family owners launch “New Lease”


World News

No One's Very Good at Correctly Identifying Gentrification

National News

The Faces of Senior Poverty Are Likely Women of Color

Non-National News

Orlando, Fla.: Mica empowered to investigate TSA, FEMA, HUD, GSA

Seattle, Wash.: Seattle Housing Authority Shelves Controversial Rental Policy Change

San Francisco, Calif.: Good housing keeps families healthy (Op. Ed.)

New York, N.Y.: Stringer: Bad management costs NYCHA $700M

Niagra Falls, N.Y.: Public housing to replace downtrodden Niagara Falls structures

Mich.: Michigan Strategic Fund Incentives Spark Business Investment

Chicago, Ill.: Why don't black Chicago neighborhoods gentrify?

Philadelphia, Pa.: Groundbreaking event marks ceremonial start of $22m PHA project in Germantown

Lexington, N.C.: Community Development Block Grant draws differing views

Pittsburgh, Pa.: Planning commission backs legislation to add 'affordable' housing to Pittsburgh’s development policies

Providence, R.I.: $24 million OK’d for affordable housing in Providence’s West End

Denver, Colo.: Fund for affordable housing in transit-oriented developments to expand beyond Denver

N.Y.: Governor Cuomo Announces Start of Construction of $27 Million Affordable Housing Complex in Yonkers

Dec. 16, 2014

 HUD/Administration News

How to make America more resilient

House Dem questions WH public housing relief program

Non-National News

Rochester, N.Y.: HUD Investigating McFadden’s Salary

Baltimore, Md.: Program helps homeless veterans reclaim their lives

Baltimore, Md.: City to expand Virtual Supermarket to additional communities

Pa.: Latest Round of Housing Vouchers Given to Homeless Veterans

M.P.: Blue Bay Homes may be relocated to Sinapalo

Atlanta, Ga.: Public housing site to be redeveloped

Manchester, N.H.: Report shows overall decline in NH homelessness, increase for veterans

Dec. 15, 2014

World News

Kuwait: Industry Faces Many Challenges

National News

CohnReznick Report Finds Continued Improvement in Performance of Housing Credit Properties

Non-National News

Anniston, Ala.: Anniston Housing Authority applauds youths for good grades, community service

New London, Conn.: Unique affordable housing project in New London


Chicago, Ill.: Chicago Rethinks Rules for Developers to Increase Affordable Housing

Fargo, N.D.: Fargo city officials tell lawmakers priorities are housing, flood control, mental health

New York, N.Y.: Making New York City an Affordable Place to Call Home (Blog)

Austin, Texas: Apartment association files lawsuit over discrimination ordinance

Bradenton, Fla.: Bradenton Housing Authority executive director to recommend staff salary cuts

Annapolis, Md.: Deal for Timothy House redevelopment appears dead,0,3344544.story

Denver, Colo.: Housing costs outstrip incomes, putting Colorado economy at risk

Ky.: Kentucky’s homeless children (Op. Ed.)

Seattle, Wash.: Seattle’s affordable housing explained

Long Beach, Calif.: Cal State Long Beach student graduates despite homelessness, other obstacles

Dec. 12, 2014

HUD/Administration News

Statement from HUD Secretary Julián Castro onFederal Housing Finance Agency’s Action on the Housing Trust Fund

UPDATE 3-Regulator tells Fannie, Freddie to fill affordable-housing fund

National News

House passes $1.1 trillion spending bill

A Framework for State-Level Promise Zones (Blog)

Non-National News

New York, N.Y.: Mayor de Blasio, Cardinal Timothy Dolan break ground on affordable housing project

Davenport, Iowa: Area housing council receives $476,555 for affordable housing

Calif.: Mountain View makes big-time impact fee hikes to fund affordable housing

Mich.: How Michigan can improve the lives of 80,000 homeless children

Rochester, N.Y.: HUD Directs RHA to Remove Adam McFadden as Interim Director

So. Md.: Program vouchers to aid So. Md.’s homeless veterans

Boston, Mass.: Mayors’ report measures homelessness in Boston, U.S. cities

Orlando, Fla.: Mother, disabled son stuck in state limbo, soon to be homeless

Dec. 11, 2014

HUD/Administration News

FHFA Statement on the Housing Trust Fund and Capital Magnet Fund

Non-National News

Grand Island, Neb.: Grand Island Is Best Example Of Statewide Housing Shortage

Orange, N.J.: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Recognizes the Orange Housing Authority for Exceptional Management

Ariz.: HUD and VA team up to help additional 28 homeless veterans in Arizona find permanent homes

Jersey City, N.J.: Groundbreaking Marks the Commencement of the Jersey City Housing Authority’s Revitalization of Jersey City’s Historic McGinley Square-Montgomery Street Corridor

Honolulu, Hawaii: Honolulu's Mayor Wright Homes public housing redevelopment could include hotel

Woonsocket, R.I.: City's oldest highrise turns 50

San Francisco, Calif.: S.F. Mayor Ed Lee launching affordable-housing program

Dec. 10, 2014

National News

Deal reached on $1.01 trillion spending bill

Non-National News

Honolulu, Hawaii: When the Rail Rolls Into Kalihi, What Kind of Change Will it Bring?

Columbia, Mo.: Tax credits approved for one of two CHA rehabilitation projects

Worcester, Mass.: Worcester Housing Authority to offer 500 more housing vouchers

Martinsville, Va.: Section 8 move tentatively OK’d

Austin, Texas: City Leaders Review Good Landlord Program

Coos County, Ore.: Coos County housing authority awarded 7 HUD-funded VASH vouchers


Conn.: 12 get $19.2M to revamp public housing

Philadelphia, Pa.: Former PHA chief Greene fined $75,000

St. Louis, Mo.: New home for map agency discussed at ‘scoping session’

Grand Rapids, Mich.: More adults facing homelessness for the first time

Dec. 9, 2014

HUD/Administration News


World News

Brazil: Sporting events leave Rio's favela residents terrified

Non-National News

Bristol, Va.: Bristol Redevelopment and Housing Authority celebrates 75 years of helping residents, community succeed

Indianapolis, Ind.: Should all Indy landlords have to take Section 8 vouchers?

Providence, R.I.: Help on way for 3 more R.I. homeless veterans

Rockford, Ill.: Rockford Housing Authority to pursue demolition of Brewington Oaks

Fresno, Calif.: Housing authority gets $121K to help homeless vets

Fort Myers, Fla.: Public art installed at two new affordable-housing communities in Fort Myers

Minneapolis, Minn.: As cities spar over housing spots, working poor just want a home

Boston, Mass.: A new approach to fighting homelessness

San Jose, Calif.: Tent cities rise amid affordable housing shortage in Silicon Valley

Chicago, Ill.: Developers face bigger fees if they don't meet affordable housing quota

Wayneburg, Pa.: Franklin supervisors create capital fund

Dec. 8, 2014

World News

Hong Kong: Hong Kong's hidden rooftop slums

National News

Should A Criminal Record Come With Collateral Consequences?

Blame America’s housing woes on zoning laws

Why Poor People Stay Poor

Non-National News

Laredo, Texas: Laredo Housing Authority to help veterans find affordable housing

San Francisco, Calif.: San Francisco public housing type a strong predictor of kids' use of emergency rooms

Morris County, N.J.: Housing vouchers key to a better life for Morris residents

 Charleston, S.C.: Waiting for years for Section 8 is only the beginning

Du Quoin, Ill.: Perry County Housing Authority hoping to turn an unlikely fit into your perfect fit as it works to pare back 17% vacancy

Spartanburg, S.C.: Spartanburg's Northside Welcomes New Housing Options

New York, N.Y.: Grand jury to hear stairwell shooting death case

Norwalk, Va.: NHA taps housing rehab exec to oversee Washington Village project

Sarasota, Fla.: Next phase for Sarasota's Janie's Garden gains momentum

San Jose, Calif.: San Jose clears out the Jungle, but it won’t end homelessness(Op. Ed.)

Raleigh, N.C.: Downtown Raleigh boom leaves less affordable housing

Murfreesboro, Tenn.: HUD recognizes City of Murfreesboro for Consolidated Planning Programs

Dec. 5, 2014

National News

3 Ways Communities Can Take Control of Gentrification

Non-National News

Louisville, Ky.: Takeaways From the 2014 Louisville Metro Housing Report

Annapolis, Md.: Annapolis and Newport: Sister cities, but not in public housing,0,6748016.story

Columbia, Mo.: Renovations to Paquin Tower to begin in spring

New York, N.Y.: New York City Housing Dept. Eases Rule Forcing Low-Income Tenants to Downsize

Springfield, Ore.: Displaced renters struggle to find homes

Des Plaines, Ill.: CDBG Partner Contacts OK'd By Des Plaines

Erie, Pa.: Erie County moves forward with application for CDBG funds

Moline, Ill.: Changing face of public housing is now a Rock Island Reality

Bayonne, N.J.: Bayonne Housing Authority tenants: How do we choose which pet to keep?

San Francisco, Calif.: Tai Lam was killed because he was homeless (Op. Ed.)

Johnson City, Tenn.: Johnson City Housing Authority looking to replace aging units

Rochester, N.Y.: Historic Carriage Factory Transformed Into Affordable Housing

Dec. 4, 2014

 HUD/Administration News


HUD’s Castro to Lead Economic Development Discussion at White House Conference

National News

Why Cities Can't Afford to Lose Their Artists

Selling Conservative San Diego on Experimental Land Uses

Non-National News


Mass.: SunEdison To Deliver $60 Million In Utility Bill Savings To Massachusetts Low Income Housing Authorities

Chicago, Ill.: Housing Advocates Want CHA to be Held Accountable

Annapolis, Md.: Newtowne 20 receives $350K grant for redevelopment,0,5619864.story

Greenville, N.C.: New Bern housing project named to National Register of Historical Places

Minneapolis, Minn.: Minneapolis affordable housing fund at $10.5M

Bozeman, Mont.: Bozeman awarded grant for more affordable housing

Martinsville, Va.: Section 8 transfer plan still alive

Annapolis, Md.: Precarious finances plague Annapolis housing authority,0,6383531.story

Dec. 3, 2014

HUD/Administration News


World News

Worldwide, Satisfaction With Affordable Housing Slumps

Canada: No place for courts in affordable housing fight, Ontario's top court rules

India: State wants city’s top five land owners to house slumdwellers

United Kingdom: Government fund to tackle affordable housing shortage

National News

House passes bill allowing nonprofits to handle housing assistance

What is the ‘cromnibus?’

Non-National News

Eden Prairie, Minn.: Eden Prairie plans for transit-oriented development

Annapolis, Md.: On a hidden street near downtown, the future of public housing plays out,0,3426249.story

Brockton, Mass.: Tax credits encourage market-rate housing in downtown Brockton

Boston, Mass: Baker outlines plan to address homelessness

Washington, D.C.: Bureaucratic Hoops Make D.C. Affordable Housing Units Hard To Sell

Marietta, Ga.: Marietta to take final steps to close out Section 8 housing program

Providence, R.I.: Economic development plan on hold in Rhode Island

New York, N.Y.: Sunset Park Library Redevelopment Plan Includes Less Affordable Housing

Columbus, Ohio: New Columbus Shelter Looks To Break The Cycle Of Homelessness With A Unique Transition Program

Fort Worth, Texas: Hunter Plaza Mixed-Income Apartment Transformation Under Way in Fort Worth