Latest Housing policy News

Alaska Native communities win $16 million in housing grants

Dec. 11, 2019 3:39 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Five Alaska Native communities and entities are receiving federal grants totaling more than $16.5 million for housing construction and rehabilitation. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds announced this week are part of nearly $200 million in grants awarded...

Discriminatory housing policy lawsuit in Sunnyside dismissed

Dec. 7, 2019 9:11 AM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing the city of Sunnyside of using its crime-free rental policy to discriminate. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed the lawsuit July 30 in U.S. District Court. The city's crime-free rental program...

Group helps Vietnam vet find new life on the Coast

Dec. 7, 2019 12:01 AM EST

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — His mobile home was rotting around him and Johnny C. Owens had no money for repairs. The Vietnam veteran had been living alone for eight years in the woods of South Alabama. Although he was no longer drinking, his old enemy depression had beaten him down. Suicide seemed like the only...

North Dakota pardons OK’d under marijuana conviction policy

Nov. 27, 2019 1:40 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s pardon advisory board took a significant step Wednesday in wiping criminal records clean for 26 people with low-level marijuana convictions, a first under a new policy aimed at fixing problems the records have caused for people trying to find jobs and housing....

No cash? Salvation Army now accepting mobile donations

Nov. 27, 2019 12:34 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Carolyn Harper made her pitch for donations to the Salvation Army with a smile on her face and a bell in her hand, trying to convince shoppers along Chicago’s busy Michigan Avenue that there was “no line, no wait.” Despite her prodding, half a dozen people apologetically...

‘Community heroes’ may get housing help in N Carolina county

Nov. 15, 2019 3:30 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Police officers, first responders and public school teachers will soon be eligible for home buying assistance in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. The Charlotte Observer reports the city of Charlotte has received a $500,000 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta to create...

Number of homeless veterans declines across United States

Nov. 12, 2019 2:38 PM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs say the number of homeless veterans nationwide has declined slightly. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson told reporters Tuesday in New Hampshire that the number of veterans who are homeless fell by...

Proposed 98-unit senior housing plan clears financing hurdle

Nov. 10, 2019 9:19 AM EST

BERLIN, Vt. (AP) — Plans to build a 98-unit senior housing complex near Vermont's Berlin Mall have cleared a key financial hurdle. The Times Argus reports the Berlin select board on Thursday approved a five-year tax stabilization agreement requested by the developer of Spruce Place. The proposed four-story...

Residents fear development will displace them

Nov. 10, 2019 3:05 AM EST

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Voncile Whitaker flips through a three-ring binder, tracing her hand along photos and newspaper clippings from the early days of the city's black population. Whitaker, 66, grew up in River Park, a Naples neighborhood developed in the '60s as a segregated community for black residents,...

Apple commits $2.5B to combat California housing crisis

Nov. 4, 2019 7:42 PM EST

Apple on Monday said it will put up $2.5 billion toward easing California's housing crisis. The sum from Apple eclipses pledges by fellow Silicon Valley giants Google and Facebook for addressing the lack of affordable housing in a region where affluent tech workers have helped drive up the cost of homes. Apple's...