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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...

Leaders work to combat rise in number of homeless students

Nov. 24, 2019 12:06 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When Kim Baker was facing eviction from her home in Fuquay-Varina, her housing choices to keep her family off the streets were limited. Baker was only making $8.50 an hour at Biscuitville so the single mom turned to getting a cheap motel room for her and her children. She found herself...

Congressman seeks probe into Missouri housing complaints

Nov. 23, 2019 4:21 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri is pushing for federal investigations into uninhabitable conditions at some public housing serving mostly low-income residents in Missouri. The Kansas City Star reports that Hawley announced Friday he has sent letters to the U.S....