Latest Housing policy News

Kansas' largest public housing project making plans to close

Jan. 17, 2021 2:46 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Residents of a Kansas's largest housing project have been told they'll have to move because the facility is closing, but officials say that won't happen for roughly two more years. The Housing Authority of Kansas City, Kansas, is making plans to shut down Juniper Gardens partly...

Indiana's 1st home dedicated to LGBTQ youths set to open

Jan. 17, 2021 12:01 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s first dedicated residential facility for homeless young adults who identify as LGBTQ will open its doors this year in Indianapolis, providing services that advocates say are desperately needed. The initiative is years in the making. Trinity Haven, now an independent...

Reno police officer cleared in 2020 fatal shooting of man

Jan. 16, 2021 12:03 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Reno police officer who fatally shot a man after he ignored commands to drop what authorities believed was a knife has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in the case, authorities said Friday. Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks said Officer Javen Lindsay was justified in...

United Way unveils $100M plan to address racial inequity

Jan. 15, 2021 10:59 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — United Way of Rhode Island on Friday unveiled a $100 million plan to build racial equity in the state through improved educational opportunities, safe and affordable housing, workforce development and altering policies that perpetuate inequities. The five-year plan called Live...

Tenants' rights advocate Danielle Willams demonstrates outside the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Boston. The protest was part of a national day of action calling on the incoming Biden administration to extend the eviction moratorium initiated in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Housing advocates call on Biden to extend eviction ban

Jan. 13, 2021 4:07 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Housing advocates around the country staked out courthouses and held rallies Wednesday, calling on the incoming Biden administration to extend and strengthen the current federal ban on evictions. President Donald Trump’s directive, implemented in September by the U.S. Centers for...

Madelene Lee poses for a photo outside of her home in West Jordan, Utah, on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. She and her husband supplement their income by renting out their basement to a couple and by hosting foreign exchange students. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP)

Homes with rental spaces could help with affordable housing

Dec. 25, 2020 8:00 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — With housing prices along the Wasatch Front skyrocketing, civic leaders and housing advocates are considering numerous alternatives to mitigate the issue of housing affordability. Among the choices are what residential planners describe as accessory dwelling units, they can be...

A crowd disperses as police deploy tear gas during a protest in downtown Madison, Wis., on Aug. 24, 2020. The protest came in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., one day earlier. (Will Cioci/Wisconsin Watch via AP)

Research: Aggressive policing escalates violence at protests

Dec. 12, 2020 1:01 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — At least 1,500 young people gathered on Madison, Wisconsin’s Mifflin Street in April 1973 for a block party. People drank beer, smoked weed and tossed Frisbees in a neighborhood near the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Police officers observed the party from a distance,...

Hawaii landlords reject $8M in payments for overdue rent

Dec. 9, 2020 9:45 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Some Hawaii landlords have rejected about $8 million in back rent payments because they do not have general excise tax licenses, officials said. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday that some landlords are believed to be refusing direct payments for rent owed to them because they...

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz gets ready to address a news conference on COVID-19 alongside state health officials, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

Deadline looms for Minnesotans to seek COVID-19 housing aid

Dec. 3, 2020 5:08 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota residents who have fallen behind on their rent, mortgage or utility payments amid the coronavirus pandemic should apply for state aid before a looming deadline of Monday night, Gov. Tim Walz and other officials urged Thursday. The COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program has already...

Suit accuses Alabama housing authority of racial segregation

Dec. 1, 2020 4:58 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A housing program in rural Alabama has purposely segregated low-income apartment residents by race for years, with white people living on one side of town and Black people on the other, the federal government alleged in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. Black people seeking housing in...