Latest Affordable and low income housing News

Senators want HUD to address radon in subsidized housing

Jan. 18, 2020 11:30 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine is part of a group of senators taking the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to task for failing to protect public housing residents from radon gas. The bipartisan group is requesting a meeting with agency Secretary Ben Carson to...

Washington state can’t tell if housing tax exemption working

Jan. 18, 2020 10:02 AM EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — It’s hard to tell whether a tax exemption used to build more than $4 billion in multifamily housing projects across Washington over the past four years is working as intended as a prime motivator to drive development, both affordable and market rate. A 2019 legislative audit of...

Connecticut officials seek better federal housing oversight

Jan. 17, 2020 8:20 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials on Friday called on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to immediately improve its oversight of a federal voucher program for affordable housing, noting they found “grievous flaws” in the agency's inspection process while trying to...

Members of the US army reserve set up tents for portable showers at a tent city set up to house hundreds of people displaced by earthquakes in Guanica, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. More than 1,280 earthquakes have hit Puerto Rico’s southern region since Dec. 28, more than two dozen of them magnitude 4.5 or greater, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Displaced families await post-quake housing in Puerto Rico

Jan. 16, 2020 3:41 PM EST

PONCE, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Antonetti family sat in the shade of a tree eating orange slices while contemplating the long day ahead of them in a dusty parking lot in southern Puerto Rico. Behind them stood their temporary home: a four-door compact car whose back seat is reserved for 89-year-old Luis...

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2016 file photo, a man lies in a tent with others camped nearby under and near an overpass in Seattle. Microsoft has pledged another $250 million to address homelessness and develop affordable housing in response to the Seattle region's widening affordability gap. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Microsoft: $250M more for affordable housing in Seattle area

Jan. 15, 2020 4:09 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — One year after Microsoft announced it was committing $500 million toward affordable housing in the Seattle area, it's upping that by half. The additional $250 million will provide a line of credit to help the Washington State Finance Commission finance about 3,000 additional units of...

Huntington Beach agrees to settle state housing lawsuit

Jan. 13, 2020 7:55 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Huntington Beach has agreed to settle a state lawsuit that tried to force it to end years of opposition to meeting low-income housing goals. The tentative settlement revolves around a proposed amendment that would exempt housing projects from limits if they reserve at least 20% of...

Neighbors sue to block Hawaii affordable housing complex

Jan. 13, 2020 9:14 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Residents near a planned affordable housing project in Hawaii filed a lawsuit to prevent construction of the apartment complex. Neighbors of the proposed Hale Makana O Maili project on Oahu say the complex is out of place and not correctly permitted, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported ...

Tests: No carbon monoxide in baby deaths at housing complex

Jan. 9, 2020 4:11 PM EST

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's state medical examiner's office said Thursday that it found no sign of carbon monoxide poisoning in the deaths of two infants at a public housing community where the gas has forced evacuations. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner issued a news release Thursday...

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz unveils his large infrastructure borrowing plan during a press conference at Minnehaha Commons, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 in Minneapolis. Walz is rolling out his public works proposal in phases. In addition to housing, he will propose investments in water systems, higher education buildings, public safety, roads and bridges. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)

Walz proposes $276 million for affordable housing projects

Jan. 9, 2020 2:40 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota should borrow $276 million to invest in safe and affordable housing projects across the state to benefit the homeless, seniors, families and veterans who have been shut out of the market, Gov. Tim Walz said Thursday. The Democratic governor outlined his proposal at Minnehaha...

City in Colorado won't sell affordable housing complexes

Jan. 9, 2020 12:05 PM EST

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — City officials in Colorado have declined an offer from an Indiana-based company interested in buying multiple affordable housing complexes in the city. RealAmerica Companies approached the city of Aspen and the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority in August asking if they were...