Latest Affordable and low income housing News

Crews near demolition of housing complex where gas killed 2

Sep. 18, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Heavy equipment may soon begin tearing down an 80-year-old South Carolina public housing complex where two men died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a poorly maintained heater. Scientists are conducting environmental tests on the land around...

California enacts 2 laws to slice through local zoning rules

Sep. 17, 2021 19:58 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday approved two measures to slice through local zoning ordinances as the most populous state struggles with soaring home prices, an affordable housing shortage and stubborn homelessness. He signed the most...

Maine has new steward to address affordable housing crunch

Sep. 14, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's new advisor on housing policy is a veteran of the state's push to create more affordable housing. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said Tuesday that Greg Payne has been appointed senior advisory on housing policy. Payne is the former director of...

Lawmakers to hold virtual hearing on public housing bills

Sep. 12, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — State lawmakers are planning to hold a virtual public hearing on Wednesday looking at the state of public housing in Massachusetts. The Joint Committee on Housing plans to hear testimony on more than 20 bills at the hearing, which is scheduled to begin at...

3 minimum-wage jobs needed to make rent in Tampa Bay area

Sep. 12, 2021 03:13 AM EDT

Rent increases across Tampa Bay this year aren’t just breaking records. They’re obliterating them. As of late August, asking rents for apartments have increased since the beginning of the year by 21.7 percent, according to data from CoStar Group, a real estate data...

East St. Louis girl shot while sleeping declared brain dead

Sep. 08, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A 3-year-old girl struck by a stray bullet at an East St. Louis public housing complex has been declared brain dead, and her family has decided to donate her organs, the girl’s aunt said Wednesday. Calyia Elizabeth Stringer was asleep in...

Plan to convert building into work space, apartments

Sep. 06, 2021 08:03 AM EDT

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A group hopes to redevelop a Brattleboro building into co-working space and affordable housing. Skye Morse, of M&S Development, says they hope to convert what’s known in Brattleboro as the Sanel Building or the DeWitt Grocery Warehouse...

5 candidates for Boston mayor talk schools, housing at forum

Aug. 31, 2021 21:09 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — All five major candidates for Boston mayor gathered for a virtual forum Tuesday to discuss a range of issues from housing to education just two weeks ahead of the preliminary election which will narrow the field to just two. All of the candidates are...

Anxious tenants await assistance as evictions resume

Aug. 29, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Six months after Congress approved spending tens of billions of dollars to bail out renters facing eviction, South Carolina was just reaching its first tenants. All nine of them. Like most states, it had plenty of money to distribute — $272...

Mississippi family gets new home from Habitat for Humanity

Aug. 29, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — For Bridgette McCoy and her family, owning their first home was an accomplishment that required years of hard work and sacrifice. On Tuesday, Aug. 17, McCoy received the keys to her new home, courtesy of Habitat for Humanity. Side by side her...