Latest Affordable and low income housing News

Brown wants to ask voters to approve affordable housing tax

Jan. 29, 2020 10:30 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has filed a resolution for the legislative session that starts next week asking voters to amend the state constitution to allow for real estate transfer taxes, which are assessed when property changes ownership. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that the money...

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2020, file photo, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot​, speaks at the ​U.S. Conference of Mayors' Winter Meeting in Washington. Underprivileged areas in Chicago will receive an estimated $20 million investment for revitalization efforts that prioritize affordable housing and economic development, Lightfoot and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Monday, Jan. 27. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Chicago's low-income communities receiving a $20M investment

Jan. 27, 2020 5:31 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Underprivileged areas in Chicago will receive an estimated $20 million investment for revitalization efforts that prioritize affordable housing and economic development, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Monday. Fifth Third Bank is putting money into...

Nevada initiative spurs proposals for 2,000 housing units

Jan. 23, 2020 7:42 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — An initiative in Nevada to build more affordable housing has spurred proposals for more than 2,000 new housing units in Reno, but not all have been deemed affordable, city officials said. The deadline for Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve's “1,000 homes in 120 days” initiative...

Rhode Island home values exceed prerecession prices

Jan. 22, 2020 8:52 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The median price of a single-family home in Rhode Island has exceeded $280,000 for the first time since before the Great Recession. Data released by the Rhode Island Association of Realtors on Wednesday showed the median sales price of a single-family home sold in 2019 totaled...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Jan. 22, 2020 10:32 AM EST

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Jan. 20 The Jacksonville Daily News on investing in alternative energy sources while maintaining safety for state military bases: Military bases are a vital part of life in eastern North Carolina. The sound of Freedom is not only overhead regularly, but the...

Oakland bans tenant criminal background checks

Jan. 22, 2020 1:16 AM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland City Council on Tuesday moved to approve an ordinance that would prohibit landlords from asking about a potential tenant’s criminal history or rejecting them out of hand for having a record. Council members voted unanimously to pass the Fair Chance Access to...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Jan. 20, 2020 12:51 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Barberton school district is doing the right thing Akron Beacon Journal Jan. 18 The Barberton City School District is doing the prudent thing by allowing some members of the Magics boys basketball team to engage in silent protest by...

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...