Latest Affordable and low income housing News

Portland-area residents may vote on funding for homeless

Dec. 10, 2019 2:52 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore (AP) — Multnomah County commissioners have agreed to cuts across departments to ensure that they can send money to the Joint Office of Homeless Services, which coordinates housing assistance, outreach and other needs for struggling people. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Mayor Ted...

Seattle to invest record $110M in affordable housing

Dec. 10, 2019 10:20 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Monday that the city this year will invest a record amount of $110 million into affordable housing. The Seattle Times reports the funding will go toward the construction and redevelopment of 1,944 new units across the city. Durkan stressed the urgent...

Tax credits to improve affordable housing in Maine

Dec. 8, 2019 1:50 PM EST

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — An independent state authority that deals with housing issues in Maine says it has been awarded nearly $4 million in federal low-income housing tax credits for several projects in the state. MaineHousing director Daniel Brennan says the tax credits are an important way to spur...

Real-life Golden Girls? Co-living aims to ease aging crisis

Dec. 7, 2019 3:06 AM EST

NEW HOLLAND, Pa. (AP) — This is the true story of three strangers who chose to live in a house together and have their lives studied. Find out what happens when retired people stop living alone, and start saving money. ___ On a chilly fall morning, Esther Courtney sat at her kitchen table, fiddling with...

Agency cited sprinkler need months before high-rise fire

Nov. 29, 2019 3:50 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The agency that manages public housing in Minneapolis noted a need for sprinklers in older high-rise apartments months before a massive fire broke out in a 50-year-old building, leaving five people dead from smoke inhalation. Although the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority...

Somalia burial planned for Minnesota high-rise fire victim

Nov. 28, 2019 8:04 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A daughter of a woman who was killed in a fire at a Minneapolis public housing high-rise is making plans to hold her funeral in Somalia. Five people died and three were injured in the early Wednesday morning blaze at the Cedar High Apartments located in a heavily immigrant neighborhood....

5 dead, 3 hurt in ‘devastating’ Minneapolis high-rise fire

Nov. 28, 2019 3:24 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Five people died and three were injured when a fire broke out on the 14th floor of a public housing high-rise in a heavily immigrant neighborhood of Minneapolis early Wednesday. While the cause of the blaze was still under investigation, Fire Chief John Fruetel told reporters that...

Latest: 4 of 5 victims of Minnesota tower fire identified

Nov. 27, 2019 7:37 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on a Minneapolis apartment fire that killed five people and hospitalized three others (all times local): 6:45 p.m. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office has identified four of the five people who died in a high-rise apartment fire in Minneapolis. Three of those...

No criminal charges in public housing poisoning deaths of 2

Nov. 27, 2019 3:45 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — No criminal charges will be filed in the carbon monoxide deaths of two people at a Columbia public housing complex in part because South Carolina lacks a criminal negligence law, a prosecutor said Wednesday. The men died in January in separate apartments in the same building at the...

Seattle approves new 57-cent tax on Uber, Lyft rides

Nov. 26, 2019 7:55 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council is proceeding with a new tax on Uber and Lyft rides pitched by Mayor Jenny Durkan to help pay for affordable housing, the delayed downtown streetcar and give new support to ride-hailing drivers. The Seattle Times reports council members unanimously approved the...