Latest Housing policy News

Seattle to transfer properties to Black-led community groups

Sep. 24, 2020 3:16 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The city of Seattle has begun finalizing plans to transfer three Central District properties to Black-led community organizations that have long operated, or had plans to operate, public-service programs at the sites. On Monday, the Seattle City Council voted to formally transfer ownership...

More than 6K Hawaii residents apply for housing assistance

Sep. 16, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A new state program providing $100 million of rental assistance to struggling tenants in Hawaii has received more than 6,000 applications. Hawaii’s Rent Relief and Housing Assistance Program began Sept. 8, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Tuesday. The program provides rental...

This Week: FedEx earns, Fed policy statement, housing starts

Sep. 14, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week: DELIVER THIS Wall Street expects that FedEx’s latest quarterly report card will show mixed results. Analysts predict the package delivery company will report Tuesday that its fiscal first-quarter earnings declined from a...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Sep. 11, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

Recent editorials of regional and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT And we’re off! Don’t sit this one out. The Day Sept. 7 American presidential elections go on too long. This one arguably began on July 28, 2017, just eight months after the election of President...

FILE - This March 28, 2020, file photo shows homeless people camping in downtown in Los Angeles. A $1.2 billion program aimed at building housing for homeless people in Los Angeles has been plagued by delays and soaring costs that have seen the average price of constructing a single unit jump to nearly $559,000, according to a city audit, on Wednesday, Sept. 9. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Delays, high costs plague efforts to house LA's homeless

Sep. 10, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A $1.2 billion program aimed at building housing for homeless people in Los Angeles has been plagued by delays and soaring costs that have seen the average price of constructing a single unit jump to nearly $559,000, according to a city audit. Voters passed a 2016 bond measure to help...

Hawaii launches $100M program for rental housing assistance

Sep. 10, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii residents at risk of eviction because of the financial impact of the coronavirus may be eligible for financial assistance under a new $100 million rent relief and housing assistance program. Democratic Gov. David Ige announced the launch Tuesday of the program that will use federal...

City OKs affordable housing protections near Obama library

Sep. 10, 2020 8:22 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A plan to protect housing options for low-income residents living near the planned Obama Presidential Center was approved Wednesday by the Chicago City Council. The move follows years of back and forth between the city and activists who’ve feared development around the $500 million...

Arizona State shifts housing plans amid COVID-19 case rise

Sep. 2, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State University has announced that some students living on the college campus will be moved because of an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases. “With the shift that we announced last night, we’ll be dispersing students out across all of our residence halls,...

Ex-Evansville nonprofit housing exec pleads guilty to theft

Aug. 26, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The former top executive at a southwestern Indiana nonprofit that provides housing for veterans and homeless families has pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $150,000 from the group. A federal judge in Evansville accepted Stephanie TenBarge's guility plea on Monday to three counts...

Advocates say Connecticut rental assistance falls far short

Aug. 21, 2020 10:12 PM EDT

The state of Connecticut is doubling the amount of federal coronavirus money dedicated to rental assistance, but housing advocates contend it falls far short of what's needed to help as many as 130,000 households, according to one estimate, that face possible eviction between now and Dec. 31 because of the...