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    SAN JOSE — Two residential project sites that could produce more than 200 units of affordable housing are being eyed just east of downtown San Jose near a future BART stop in the Bay Area’s largest city. A significant step forward for the completion of the affordable homes has arrived with the purchase of one of the two sites by a residential developer, according to Santa Clara County property documents filed on Nov. 6. The two affordable home sites are located near the corner of East Santa Clara Street and North 21st Street in San Jose, according to public records and the webpage of First Community Housing. “This is a great area for affordable housing,” said Geoffrey Morgan, president of San Jose-based First Community Housing, whose principal mission is the development of affordable residences. “You have services and transit. It’s pedestrian-friendly.” First Community Housing, acting through an affiliate called Stone...
    SAN ANTONIO – Long before tiny houses were in vogue like they are now, at least 500 so-called shotgun houses that remain on the city’s West Side, were the only homes that people could afford. They were “the affordable housing solution of the 1920s and 30s,” said Roger Enriquez, Ph.D., executive director of UTSA’s Westside Community Partnerships Initiative. They could be again, said Enriquez, given the continued lack of affordable housing on the West Side, even as demographers predict in 20 years, three million people will be living in San Antonio. “We’re staring down the barrel of an affordability crisis in the not-too-distant future,” Enriquez said. Back then, shotgun houses were the result of redlining by banks back then that made it impossible to get a mortgage on the West Side, Enriquez said. He said the only alternative was to buy a kit for a shotgun house from a...
    The City of Tracy is experiencing a recent boom in its housing market. The surge in resold home prices and development of new residential communities is in large part a result of the city’s nearness to the Bay Area. “A lot of what is driving our housing market is the affordability of housing compared to over the hill,” Robert Rickman, Mayor of Tracy, said. A secondary contributing factor is Tracy’s ongoing proactive effort to incentivize companies to locate in and bring jobs to the area. “We’re a progressive community prepared for new opportunities,” Rickman said. “We have International Park of Commerce. It will be one of the largest industrial parks in Northern California. We’ve got Fortune 500 companies like Amazon, FedEx, Smucker’s and Medline.” According to Rickman, several additional companies soon will operate facilities in Tracy including 3M, Contract Metal Products (CMP) and Zinus, Inc., bringing...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) — There has been no bigger issue in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the state since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic than rent control. Cities and counties across the Bay Area have passed moratoriums on paying rent and on evictions, but on Tuesday voters soundly rejected a state ballot measure that have would let local officials expand those protections. Proposition 21 would have let cities limit rent hikes on properties that are more than 15 years old. People who own one or two single-family homes would have been exempt. “No” votes led early and the lead expanded to 59% after more than 10 million ballots were counted. Tom Bannon of the group Californians for Responsible Housing cheered the decision, saying voters understood the negative impacts the measure would have had on the availability of affordable housing. ’“The broad coalition opposing Prop. 21 –...
    By AMY TAXIN, Associated Press Voters on Tuesday soundly rejected a ballot measure that have would let California cities expand rent control in a state where residents are grappling with rising housing costs. Proposition 21 would have let cities limit rent hikes on properties that are more than 15 years old. People who own one or two single-family homes would have been exempt. “No” votes led early and the lead expanded to 59% after more than 10 million ballots were counted. Tom Bannon of the group Californians for Responsible Housing cheered the decision, saying voters understood the negative impacts the measure would have had on the availability of affordable housing. '"The broad coalition opposing Prop. 21 – from Governor Gavin Newsom to the California Republican Party, as well as labor, social justice, senior, veterans and housing groups – made an effective case that this initiative would have worsened the state’s...
    An appeals court upheld the convictions for a California man who was convicted of dolling out access to affordable housing in the Bay Area in exchange for bribes, court records show. Aziz Artykov, 50, a former resident of Avalon Bay Walnut Creek, was convicted in 2018 of arranging for friends and family members to pay bribes to the property manager in exchange for being placed high on a waitlist for cheap apartments. The apartments were offered for as low as one-third the market rate, as part of an affordable housing program that was supposed to be exclusive to folks who earned below the area’s median income level, authorities said. In affirming his convictions, the First District Appellate Court rejected Artykov’s arguments that evidence from the main prosecution witness — the former property manager who agreed to testify in exchange for leniency — was “insufficient corroboration.” He also argued that the trial...
    AUBURN GRESHAM — A.J. Patton and Erica Johnson fought for years to get funding from banks so they could build affordable housing in Auburn Gresham — and on Friday, they finally broke ground on an affordable apartment building. The two were flanked by partners, colleagues, investors and public officials as they stood triumphant at the spot that will be an affordable, solar-powered apartment building at 1370 W. 79th St. The project is one of two that 548 Capital — a Black-led development firm — is bringing to the Southwest Side. The team is working on a similar project in the 7700 block of South Carpenter Street. “Everything we do will touch low-income families,” Patton said. “We’re just at the beginning, and I’ve got a much bigger vision for our communities.” The housing development will have a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units, providing more than 40 units of...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The passing of the largest bonding bill in Minnesota history includes money for affordable housing. Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan spoke about the bill’s impact; it will help some of the most vulnerable, including the homeless. “We got $116 million for housing this year that passed and over the course of the last two years. That’s $176 million total so what that means is that there are projects all across the state for either new builds or rehabs to make sure we have access to this affordable housing, “ said Flanagan. Flanagan said the funding will help house the homeless and make way for affordable housing that is desperately needed. “In the Black community we have an incredible need our homeownership. Rates are lower and also for people experiencing homelessness and for our relatives who are sleeping outside. That’s in my community and that’s in your community and...
    Sabrina Terry - Jason Richardson October 30, 2020 11:30AM (UTC) The COVID-19 pandemic has effectively closed down large parts of the U.S. economy and fundamentally changed how Americans live their day to day lives.  While a lot remains unclear about the long-term impact of COVID-19 — like the efficacy and access to a vaccine, the implications of shifting to more permanent remote work, and the prospect of permanent job losses — however, one thing is certain: There will be permanent changes to how people work and where they live. Some more than others.  Systemic inequities have particularly crippled Black and Latinx communities' ability to weather this economic downturn. Decades of disinvestment, segregation and displacement have resulted in deep racial wealth divides between communities of color and their white counterparts. In cities struggling to provide affordable housing, COVID-19 could speed up displacement of communities of color. In areas where disinvestment...
    EAST LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- East Los Angeles leaders and residents celebrated the grand opening of a new affordable-housing complex on Friday.Many said this was much needed in the community. The complex will help house low-income families and people experiencing homelessness."This is one of the areas that in the county of Los Angeles that has been plagued for many decades by poverty," said Hilda Solis, District 1 supervisor of Los Angeles County. "This project is part of that dream of fulfilling the essence of how to make people healthy."The complex, La Puesta del Sol, which means sunset in Spanish, is on Whittier Boulevard and Downey Road. It has a total of 71-units and is an affordable apartment community with permanent supportive housing."I'm just thankful to be in a safe and secure community housing unit where I was able to bring my family in and just, you know, be secured during...
    MILPITAS — Eight candidates are vying for two spots on the Milpitas City Council, as the city contends with impacts from the coronavirus pandemic that have contributed to a $9 million budget deficit, an increasing need for more affordable housing, and concerns over how to address growing homelessness that has gripped the city in recent weeks. The eight candidates are include  Vice Mayor Bob Nuñez; Councilman Anthony Phan; current Planning Commissioner Evelyn Chua, licensed nurse Julian Jose Nool Hilario Jr.; former Planning Commissioner and founder of Flame Keepers, Demetress Morris, as a write-in candidate; Tiffany Vuong; retired engineer Robert Marini; and Suraj Viswanathan, who owns a cricket batting cage and supply store. Vice Mayor Bob Nuñez is running for one of two council seats in the city of Milpitas. (Stephen Balsbaugh/Staff archives) Councilman Anthony Phan is vying for one of two Milpitas City Council...
    SAN JOSE — A large residential complex that’s being developed in downtown San Jose near Google’s proposed transit village has landed some key financing from a unit of the tech titan. McEvoy Apartments, a complex that’s being developed in downtown San Jose by First Community Housing, has obtained a loan from Google Endeavor LLC, a subsidiary of Google, property documents that were filed on Oct. 27 show. The development is expected to consist of 365 residential units and will be located at 280 McEvoy St. next to West San Carlos Street, according to First Community Housing. McEvoy Apartments will serve low-income households that earn up to 60% of the area’s median income, which works out to an annual income of $61,000 for an individual or $87,000 for a family of four. Google Endeavor provided $29 million in financing to McEvoy Street LP, which is an affiliate of First Community Housing,...
    WILLOWBROOK (CBSLA) — More affordable housing is on the way in Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas Monday took a tour of the new Springhaven community being built along Wilmington Avenue in Willowbrook. (CBSLA) And on Monday, L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas took a tour of the new Springhaven community being built along Wilmington Avenue in Willowbrook. When it’s completed, it will have 100 apartments, half of which will be reserved for individuals and families who have experienced homelessness. “By the end of this quarter, we will have seven projects more completed, with 600 new units of affordable housing,” he said. “If you want to address the homeless crisis, it has to be confronted with first-rate affordable housing.” Springhaven is surrounded by a hospital, community garden, library, public transit and retail shops.
    OAKLAND — Two young, progressive candidates who have staked affordable housing and homelessness as their key campaign issues are challenging Oakland Councilman Noel Gallo in his bid for a third term representing District 5. The contestants, Zoe Lopez-Meraz and Richard Santos Raya, and Gallo all agree that providing shelter for the homeless and help to others struggling to afford their homes are among the biggest challenges facing the district, which encompasses the Fruitvale and San Antonio neighborhoods, as well as the entire city. “Every year brings high rents, stagnant wages and more market-rate development, pushing more people out of Oakland and onto the streets,” said Lopez-Meraz, who has a background in biochemistry and extensive volunteer experience with nonprofits. Lopez-Meraz wants to immediately house people without homes by giving them hotel vouchers and arranging for necessary healthcare, “with a path for case management after landing in secure housing to ensure peoples’...
    In their bid to succeed retiring Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, two men on opposite sides of the East Bay hills are waging a fierce contest peppered with nasty accusations and fueled by huge campaign war chests. Fighting to represent the District 1 seat held by Haggerty since 1996 are Fremont City Councilman Vinnie Bacon and Dublin Mayor David Haubert. The district includes Livermore, Dublin and most of Fremont, as well as much of the unincorporated area of the Livermore-Amador Valley and a portion of unincorporated Sunol. Haubert has raised $570,000 since the start of last year through Sept. 19, 2020, according to campaign finance records that show he’s heavily supported by major developers, contractors, landlords, property managers and real estate agents, as well as oil industry sources and the Deputy Sheriffs Association of Alameda County, among others. He’s taken a total of $14,500 from three development companies controlled by...
    EL MONTE (KABC) -- More than 60-thousand people in LA County are experiencing homelessness, and many of them have served our country. ABC-7 Salutes a new housing project in El Monte, designed to help some of those Veterans stay off the streets.The ribbon is cut, the doors are open and for Veterans and their families and this new housing feels like a fresh start."The value of this facility is the biggest blessing I have received in my entire life," said veteran Darryl Johnson.55 new units are now filled at the Baldwin Rose apartments in El Monte; housing that comes at a critical time with homelessness spiking in almost every corner of Southern California."If every community would build just one of these types of facilities, we could eradicate homelessness in our veteran's community in the San Gabriel Valley and throughout LA County," said El Monte Mayor Andre Quintero.But it's not just...
    EAST LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A new affordable housing community opened Friday in East Los Angeles. A new affordable housing community opened Friday in East Los Angeles. (CBSLA) The Puesta Del Sol apartment complex is located on the corner of Whittier Boulevard and Downey Road and offers one-, two- and three-bedroom units. L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis said the new permanent housing complex was even more important during the pandemic. “I hate to say it, but also with COVID, the most impacted community in the entire county is right here in East L.A.,” she said. “So giving shelter to people so they can get out, away from contracting the disease, the virus, keeping their families safe, is really what the county of Los Angeles is all about.” Nearly half of the 71 new housing units will be for people experiencing homelessness who have been referred by the L.A. County Department...
    PLEASANTON — Seven candidates are vying for two open seats on the Pleasanton City Council this election season, and the top issue on the table: housing. Since current council members Jerry Pentin and Karla Brown are being termed out (and running for mayor), their seats are open. Running are: Planning Commissioner Nancy Allen, school board member Valerie Arkin, Planning Commissioner Jack Balch, Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce board chair Randy Brown, attorney Jarod Buna, Housing Commissioner Zarina Kiziloglu and former Economic Vitality Committee member Chiman Lee. On their minds is growth, specifically where to put state-required housing in the city. The state mandates that Bay Area cities plan for more housing to accommodate the growing population, and the latest numbers for Pleasanton estimate it will need to plan for, though not necessarily build, about 4,800 units by 2023. One potential location is the east side of Pleasanton, favorable because there’s room...
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    PLEASANTON — Four candidates are seeking the city council’s top elected position of mayor this year, and the topic of future housing, and where to put it, is on everyone’s mind. Current Mayor Jerry Thorne is being termed out after eight years in the office, and Councilmembers Karla Brown and Jerry Pentin are running for the job. In addition, newcomers Monith Ilavarasan, a product manager, and Tom Turpel, a digital marketing manager, also are seeking the seat. On the candidate’s mind is growth in Pleasanton, and in particular, where to put additional housing, including affordable, required by the state to address the region’s growing population. Pleasanton will need to plan for, though not build, about 4,800 housing units by 2023. State law does not require Pleasanton to build or finance the new housing. Pleasanton has a troubled past when it comes to fulfilling housing requirements. Pleasanton voters approved a 29,000-home cap...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There was a virtual announcement Wednesday morning of a major grant for Habitat for Humanity in Philadelphia. Wells Fargo is partnering with Habitat to fund the renovation of existing homes and construction of new affordable homes in the city. The local effort is part of a national plan by the bank to help “build and repair” more than 350 affordable homes across the nation. MORE FROM CBS PHILLY: Stimulus Package Update: What Happens To The Economy Without A Second Stimulus? Judge Rejects GOP’s Attempt To Block Opening Of Voter Service Center At Subaru Park ‘I Love You’: Atlantic City Cop Rescues Suicidal Man About To Jump From Casino Parking Garage
    From Redwood City’s first council district race to an array of tax proposals pitched as critical for sustaining local government services, San Mateo County residents will have more on their plate Nov. 3 than just deciding who should lead the country. Here’s a look at some of the notable county races and ballot measures that could shape the Peninsula’s immediate future. East Palo Alto  As East Palo Alto continues to attract interest from commercial and office developers, three city council incumbents and four contenders are injecting talk of equitable development, affordable housing and neighborhood character preservation into their campaign platforms. They’re fighting for votes in a city that’s been hit disproportionately hard by the coronavirus pandemic, where many residents are low-income minorities who work essential jobs and are forced to live in crowded conditions because of the area’s expensive housing. The incumbents are former longtime Ravenswood school board member Larry...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Soho rezoning plan may not be popular with area residents — but a real estate company with deep ties to the mayor is sure loving it. Edison Properties stands to reap a major windfall if the plan is approved. The company owns property in the area that would be prime locations for new residential towers and retail spaces. Edison Properties — whose former chairman Jerome Gottesman and retired CEO Steve Nislick were major contributors to de Blasio’s political career — controls two parking lots in key parts of the redevelopment project that would be prime locations for new residential towers and retail spaces. Gottesman, who died in 2017, donated the maximum contribution of $4,950 to de Blasio’s reelection campaign. His cousin Nislick, who retired from Edison in 2012, steered $25,000 of company funds to de Blasio’s scandal-scarred Campaign for One New York, gave $4,950 to his...
    Bill de Blasio’s Soho rezoning plan may not be popular with area residents — but a real estate company with deep ties to the mayor is sure loving it. Edison Properties stands to reap a major windfall if the plan is approved. The company owns property in the area that would be prime locations for new residential towers and retail spaces. Edison Properties — whose former chairman Jerome Gottesman and retired CEO Steve Nislick were major contributors to de Blasio’s political career — controls two parking lots in key parts of the redevelopment project that would be prime locations for new residential towers and retail spaces. Gottesman, who died in 2017, donated the maximum contribution of $4,950 to de Blasio’s reelection campaign. His cousin Nislick, who retired from Edison in 2012, steered $25,000 of company funds to de Blasio’s scandal-scarred Campaign for One New York, gave $4,950 to his first...
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — City officials have reached an agreement that will close a homeless encampment that has occupied the Benjamin Franklin Parkway since June 10 by the end of the week. Under terms of the deal announced Tuesday night, an estimated 150 people have agreed to leave their tents. In return, the city and the Philadelphia Housing Authority will transfer 50 properties to a land trust established by the encampment residents. The city also will move forward to develop housing that will include self-contained units or provide units with communal kitchens and bathrooms by the end of the year. Mayor Jim Kenney thanked camp leaders and residents for “elevating Philadelphia's affordable housing crisis in the public eye.” Organizers said the encampment was tied to the Black Lives Matter movement and demanded equal access to fair, safe and affordable housing. Philadelphia Housing Action, which organized the encampment, said it was conceived...
    DENVER (CBS4) — Construction on new affordable housing in Denver is underway. The historic Pancratia Hall, near south Federal and Dartmouth, will be restored and repurposed. “Located within the Loretto Heights area redevelopment, the 1929 building will offer 72 affordable housing units,” officials stated. Pancratia Hall Lofts will be geared toward individuals and families, with studios to four-bedroom units available. All units will be income-restricted to those earning 30-80% of the median income in the area. The City and County of Denver provided more than $3 million toward the project through the Department of Housing Stability. More than 1,600 affordable units are now under construction at 22 sites throughout Denver.  
    RICHMOND — A coalition of environmental groups including the Sierra Club is suing the city of Richmond over its approval of a controversial housing project that would put about 1,450 homes and more than 400,000 square feet of commercial space on the Point Molate peninsula, the site of a former military base. The plaintiffs, which include groups like the Golden Gate Audubon Society, California Native Plant Society, Ocean Awareness Project and a coalition of people opposed to the project, the Point Molate Alliance, say the city’s environmental impact report failed to properly address the project’s impacts on the environment and that it did not sufficiently evaluate alternatives to the development or respond to comments from the public. The lawsuit, filed Friday in superior court in Contra Costa County, goes on to say that the project as proposed by Winehaven Legacy, LLC and approved by the City Council is inconsistent with...
    ANDERSONVILLE — Plans to build an apartment building with a clock tower in Andersonville are not moving forward after neighbors called out the developer for past Facebook posts during a contentious meeting over the project. Prominent North Side builders Candea Development sought a zoning change to turn the former convenience store at 5457 N. Clark St. into a four-story apartment building with ground-floor retail. Details of the proposed project were discussed at a community meeting last week, where neighbors and the developer clashed over affordable housing. During the online meeting, a participant posted a Facebook post from an Armand Candea that shows a photo of Chicago Police in riot gear with a caption that reads: “The city needs to unite. We need to recruit snipers. These people are from Joliet and Indiana. You aren’t even from here. F— you!” Neighbors began circulating the Facebook post after the meeting....
    OAKLAND — Fueled by big money and endorsements from high-profile politicians including vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, the founder of a popular restaurant is trying to unseat an influential Oakland councilmember who’s known to occasionally ruffle establishment feathers. Derreck Johnson, who founded the Home of Chicken and Waffles restaurant and counts Mayor Libby Schaaf among his supporters, has raised almost $190,000 in the $303,254 race so far in his bid to defeat council President Rebecca Kaplan in the Nov. 3 election. The third person in the race, perennial candidate Nancy Sidebotham, has not reported any financial contributions. Kaplan has held her at-large seat since 2009, weathering political battles. She twice ran unsuccessfully for mayor, including against Schaaf, and has often clashed with her since then over city budgets and other issues. Her progressive policy stances have earned support from tenants’ rights advocates and labor unions over the years but drawn...
    ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Affordable housing is coming to Englewood Cliffs. A landmark agreement filed with Bergen County Superior Court clears the way for construction of more than 150 affordable homes. The settlement comes after a lengthy legal battle and satisfies a provision of the state constitution requiring every town to allow for its “fair share” of homes affordable to low- and moderate-income families, people with disabilities and seniors. You can get the latest news, sports and weather on our brand new CBS New York app. Download here.
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    Translating posters and yard signs protesting racism into real measurable change in our communities will take an intentional, long-term shift in many areas. Supporting affordable housing is one strategy to bring about this change that may often be overlooked. This is the challenge that antiracists activated around the Black Lives Matter movement must rise to meet: how to transform today's energy into long-term solutions that begin to counteract decadeslong racist policies that have prevented people of color from owning homes and reaching full earning potential. [ U.S. NEWS Q&A: How the U.S. Government Promoted Housing Segregation in U.S. Cities ]Being an antiracist means prioritizing affordable housing options for Black and other minority communities, because housing is an essential step to achieving better access to other basic needs like healthy food, education and good jobs with benefits. This is especially critical for our Black community in San Diego, which has one of...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — New plans released by Google on Thursday show how the company plans to transform the area around the Diridon Station in downtown San Jose. Nearly 2,000 pages of documents show Google’s vision for the so-called Downtown West Project as a busy, vibrant hub of housing, office space, transportation, retail parks and plazas. “This is the first big unveiling of the scope and the vision of these 80 acres,” said Scott Knies of the San Jose Downtown Association. Knies says the project will be transformative. He called it “a city within a city,” but one that uses the existing streets and infrastructure. “They’re not building a walled-off spaceship that turns its back to the community. They are building it so that it fits into San Jose,” explained Knies. Whether it fits in or dominates will be in the eye of the beholder. Renderings show how seven...
    SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- As California grapples with a housing crisis made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic, one program is seeking to change the look of affordable housing.The Hollywood Community Housing Corporation is just weeks away from opening its 30th building, which is located on Central Avenue in South L.A. Seventy-four units have been set up for low income families, people leaving homelessness and homeless veterans.MORE: Long Beach hoping micro-units can combat housing crisisEMBED More News Videos As home prices surge in Southern California, some cities are making a push for micro-housing. "It's really meeting a person exactly where they're at, and then figuring out the sort of strategy for either delivering the services directly, or partnering with other service agencies who can who have a specialty and are in the neighborhood to address somebody's needs," said Sara Letts, executive director of the Hollywood Community Housing Corporation.The units don't...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A new rule requires housing developers planning to build in unincorporated parts of Santa Clara County to set aside units for low-income residents or pay an in-lieu fee. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the requirement that low-income housing make up 16% of new developments containing three or more units. Otherwise, developers must pay an in-lieu fee of $259,000 per unit. The rules apply to developments with units intended both for sale and for rent, and goes into effect next year. Supervisor Dave Cortese dissented in the 4-1 vote. An independent study presented to the county in July calculated and suggested the amount of the fee, which will be placed in a fund dedicated for affordable housing. That figure accounts for 100% of the cost to create a replacement unit, according to the county. The rule would apply to unincorporated areas...
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    WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A proposed housing project criticized for setting prices too high has been rejected by the Maui County Council Affordable Housing Committee. The panel voted 5-4 Monday against the development plan in Olowalu in northwest Maui, The Maui News reported Wednesday. Landowner Peter Martin sought to develop 40 homes and 19 vacant lots for the project named Lihauula near Honoapiilani Highway. Project supporters said workforce housing is sorely needed in west Maui, while opponents said the project is not affordable enough, threatens the health of Olowalu's reef and impacts plans for a realignment of the highway. The project plans included 40 three- and four-bedroom homes for residents earning between 80% and 140% of the area's medium income, with maximum sale prices of $506,400 to $815,235. The nine vacant lots of 10,000 square feet (929 square meters) each would be sold for rates between $250,000 and $350,000, while...
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    Mayor de Blasio on Wednesday pushed forward forward a city-led rezoning plan for Soho and Noho that would bring 3,200 new apartments including 800 affordable units to the upscale area plus an update of 50-year-old regulations for business owners and artists. “This is a rezoning that’s been proposed to really create substantial community benefit, and there’s a lot of support on the ground for the idea that there needs to be affordable housing in every community, including those that are upper income,” de Blasio said about the plan during his daily press briefing from City Hall. The proposed rezoning area sits roughly between Canal Street and Astor Place to the from Avenue of the Americas to the Bowery. Three “housing opportunity zones” on the edges would provide space for the new apartments and a “commercial corridor” between Broadway and Lafayette Street would allow for more retail. James Power, a partner...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced Wednesday that it has charged Arlington with violating the Fair Housing Act by refusing to approve proposals for affordable housing unless limited to elderly residents. In adopting this policy, city officials allegedly made statements indicating that they considered residents with children to be problematic. HUD’s Charge arose from a complaint filed with the Department by a developer whose proposal to construct nearly a hundred non-age restricted units of affordable housing was blocked because of the city’s policy. “Policies that prevent the creation of housing that families with children need are not only unlawful, they make it even more difficult for them to find decent, affordable places to call home,” said Anna María Farías, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “Today’s action reaffirms HUD’s ongoing commitment to addressing discriminatory practices that violate the nation’s...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Affordable SoHo? If Mayor Bill de Blasio gets his way, mixed income housing will become part of the neighborhood often associated with luxury lofts and high end retail. Wednesday, the mayor released a rezoning plan to allow for more residential buildings in the SoHo-NoHo area. “There is a lot of support on the ground that there needs to be affordable housing in every community, including those that are upper income. They also need to have affordable housing in those communities, and that’s what this will achieve,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. The administration says the plan could bring as many as 3,200 new homes with approximately 800 permanently affordable units to the area. You can get the latest news, sports and weather on our brand new CBS New York app. Download here.
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City If changes to the neighborhood have not already been extreme over the past two decades, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday the kick off the proposed SoHo and NoHo rezoning public review process — a plan that received plenty of pushback from the community. The rezoning proposal was created in a fashion that the administration says will protect the aesthetics of the area and while making the largely affluent area more affordable. But this plan, marketed toward equitable housing and small business survival, failed to resonate with activists who said the administration snuck by the city’s advisory board on this project which has mainly been back by real estate development interests, something they believe undermine the social benefits for working class New Yorkers. In terms of concerns that the rezoning...
    ANDERSONVILLE — An apartment building that would bring 36 units and a clock tower to a prominent corner of Andersonville could be a “placemaker” for the neighborhood, according to its developer. The project, however, lacks essentials like adequate affordable housing and parking, neighbors said. Candea Development wants to build a four-story apartment building at 5457 N. Clark St., the site of a shuttered convenience store. The building would include 36 studio and one-bedrooms apartments with 13 parking spaces and ground floor retail space. Four of the units would be earmarked as “affordable,” the minimum that is required under the city’s transit oriented development ordinance. That’s not good enough, over a dozen neighbors said at a community meeting Tuesday. “This is one of our only chances to address affordable housing in our area,” Olivia Stovicek said. Candea, a prominent North Side developer of mostly condos, wants...
    ENGLEWOOD — When a nonprofit group approached Ralph Liggins about moving to Englewood, he wasn’t sure what to expect. Then he saw the home — and fell in love. “It’s beautiful. I was really surprised because they wouldn’t let me see it,” said Liggins, who once lived in the area before moving out. Liggins’ new home is part of Hope Manor Village, an affordable housing development in East Englewood that was unveiled Tuesday. The Air Force veteran and his daughter, Kayla, will be the first tenants. The venture is a collaboration between more than a half-dozen organizations. Representatives from those groups, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Ald. Stephanie Coleman (16th) were on hand for Tuesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony at the development, 5922 S. Green St. When the project ends in February 2021, 12 two-flats (like the one pictured above) and four three-flats will house 36 veterans and their families.Jamie Nesbitt...
    LIVERMORE — As Livermore gears up for its election, two topics pop up on the candidates’ focus: recovery from the pandemic, and hints of controversy on the horizon over proposed affordable housing. For the first time, two City Council seats will be elected by district instead of at-large. Candidates Brittni Kiick, a photographer and community organizer, and Pete Patterson, an account manager at a medical distribution company, are vying for the seat for District 3, located in southeast Livermore. Incumbent Councilman Robert Carling is running unopposed for District 4, located in the southwest of the city. Mayor John Marchand is being termed out of his position, leaving his seat open. Current Councilman Bob Woerner and real estate agent and former police officer Mony Nop are running for that spot. Regarding plans to develop downtown, although the main fight over where to place a hotel is over, there still could be...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Department of Housing Commissioner Marisa Novara will join Alderman Stephanie Coleman and Volunteers of America Illinois Tuesday for a ribbon cutting of a complex that will create 36 new affordable two-bedroom apartments in on the South Side.The new development called Hope Manor Village, will be created across 16 vacant lots in the 5900 and 6000 blocks of South Green Street and the 5900 and 6100 blocks of South Peoria Street in Englewood.Tuesday's ceremony will commemorate the opening of two of the apartment buildings. The other buildings are currently in various stages of construction and expected to be completed by early 2021.The complex will target the six blocks surrounding the Hope Manor II campus, which opened in 2014 at 60th & Halsted, and will further stabilize the neighborhood by replacing vacant parcels of land with investments in housing.The estimated $15 million project is expected...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Department of Housing Commissioner Marisa Novara will join Alderman Stephanie Coleman and Volunteers of America Illinois Tuesday for a ribbon cutting of a complex that will create 36 new affordable two-bedroom apartments in on the South Side.The new development called Hope Manor Village, will be created across 16 vacant lots in the 5900 and 6000 blocks of South Green Street and the 5900 and 6100 blocks of South Peoria Street in Englewood.Tuesday's ceremony will commemorate the opening of two of the apartment buildings. The other buildings are currently in various stages of construction and expected to be completed by early 2021.The complex will target the six blocks surrounding the Hope Manor II campus, which opened in 2014 at 60th & Halsted, and will further stabilize the neighborhood by replacing vacant parcels of land with investments in housing.The estimated $15 million project is expected...
    HONOLULU (AP) — Department of Hawaiian Home Lands officials approved a plan for a 23-story apartment tower expected to provide affordable rentals for 277 Native Hawaiian households. The agency recently approved the estimated $137 million development in Honolulu, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday. The department owns property on the former Stadium Bowl-O-Drome site and last year solicited proposals from private developers to produce the agency’s first high-rise rental housing project for its Native Hawaiian beneficiaries. The department chose a partnership between builder Stanford Carr Development and contractor Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. over four other proposals. The tower could be finished in mid-2024, the agency said. The proposal includes a 210-foot (64-meter) tower with 270 apartments and an adjacent, four-story structure with 295 parking stalls, seven town homes and 4,680 square feet (435 square meters) of retail space. The tower plan does not meet the site’s preservation zoning, but Hawaiian Home...
    UPTOWN — Voice of the People is marking over 50 years of fighting for affordable housing — and preparing for the next 50 years of the fight — with a virtual concert and fundraiser Thursday. Voice of the People, a nonprofit, has owned and advocated for affordable housing for 52 years. It began fighting displacement in Uptown in 1968. With affordable housing and gentrification as relevant as ever in the neighborhood, the group is taking time to celebrate past accomplishments while getting ready for new challenges with the Sweet Home Uptown event 6 pm. Thursday. Neighbors can receive a ticket for the event through a donation, though one is not required. For more information on the event, click here. Uptown is in its 30th year of a 50-year “urban reinvestment” cycle, which is another way of saying gentrification, said Michael Rohrbeck, executive director of Voice of the People....
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A former NBA world champion with ties to north Minneapolis is celebrating the opening of brand-new affordable housing. Devean George and his business partners are doing what they can to transform the landscape and overall feel of the north side with this project. The second phase of Commons at Penn Avenue is complete, and Penn Avenue Union — designed by national award-winning architect Jamil Ford — does not disappoint. “Luxury living at an affordable price,” Ford said. It’s comprised of 63 units that are a mixture of one, two and three bedrooms. “We want to have an opportunity to create an environment that really allows residents to feel good about where they live,” Ford said. He wanted to improve on the first phase of the project. “To increase the overall sizes of some of the residential windows on the first floor,” Ford said. Ford and business partner...
    Get more in-depth, daily coverage of Chicago politics at The Daily Line. JEFFERSON PARK — A Northwest Side alderman is pushing forward with a plan to slow down a proposal for an affordable housing development in his ward, just as Mayor Lori Lightfoot has all but backed away from her campaign promise to loosen the tight grip aldermen have over zoning decisions. At the same time, the city’s top attorney is warning aldermen not to invoke their ward-level powers to push for more affordable housing to be included in projects on their own turf. Asked by The Daily Line last week during a town hall event organized by The TRiiBE whether Lightfoot foresees a way to limit aldermanic control over housing, an issue she repeatedly raised in 2019, the mayor said she does not “know that aldermanic prerogative is the barrier” to creating more affordable housing. Related: Zoning code reform to root out aldermanic prerogative coming, Lightfoot says “The barrier that...
    When Christine Hernandez moved her family into a yellow apartment building on 12th Avenue in Oakland two years ago, she wasn’t planning on paying rent. She knew squatting was risky, but homelessness was worse. What she didn’t know was that her decision would eventually put her at the forefront of a tenant-led fight to create lifelong affordable housing for the five families living in the building’s six units. “I’m shifting from being in a constant state of fear,” said Hernandez, whose family of six hadn’t had a stable home for half a decade. “But it worked out. Now we’re stable, legit, long term.” Hernandez and some of the other 12th Avenue tenants earlier this year got a community land trust to buy the home they’d been living in. Land trusts buy properties, retain ownership of the land, and then build or preserve affordable housing, selling or renting units back to low-income...
    Click here for a complete list of our election recommendations. Palo Alto’s charm remains undeniable, with its thriving downtown, beautiful neighborhoods and proximity to Stanford University. The city has the highest jobs-to-housing ratio (estimated at 3.5-1) of any South Bay city, providing revenues that lead to a plethora of services. Pat Burt  But that jobs-to-housing imbalance will lead to a resumption of horrible traffic when the coronavirus pandemic eases. It also creates an intolerable situation for young families, teachers, police officers, firefighters and other workers who are essential for the city’s future success. A divided Palo Alto City Council has done a lot of talking in recent years about housing, but its actions have been disappointing. Mayor Adrian Fine says that the city is falling woefully short of meeting the state’s housing goals. Palo Alto has given the OK over the last seven years to only about 28% of...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — The future of one minority-owned gas station in San Francisco is fueling quite a debate. While some want to save it, others want to replace it with affordable housing. Twin Peaks Auto Care is located at 598 Portola Drive at the busy corner of Portola Drive and Woodside Avenue on city-owned property. The station owner is asking the city to sign a 25-year lease extension but opponents said that, as California moves away from fossil fuels, the city should reject the lease and consider building housing on the site. “This is a city that is in desperate need of affordable housing and this is a great neighborhood to build affordable housing in,” said longtime San Francisco resident Beth Ross. She said the city should use public land for public good. “I have friends who are have now retired and can’t afford to stay here. Some have...
    Click here for a complete list of our election recommendations. Milpitas is undergoing a transformation with the opening of the new BART station and plans for 7,000 nearby housing units. But, in what was likely the biggest mistake of the past decade in the city of 80,000 people, the Milpitas City Council failed to insist on significantly more affordable housing near the station for teachers and essential workers. The lack of affordable housing and the projected budget shortfall due to COVID-19 will present the City Council with its biggest challenges in 2021 and beyond. The council must also eliminate political infighting that has too often slowed progress. Mayor Rich Tran is running for reelection against perennial candidate Voltaire Montemayor. City Council incumbents Bob Nunez and Anthony Phan are seeking reelection to two at-large seats against five challengers: Planning Commissioner Evelyn Chua, Julian Hilario Jr., Robert Marini, Saraj Viswanathan and...
    A woman has gone viral for saying she “100%” stereotypes people living in affordable housing, however, she insists she isn’t racist. Hide Nicole Humphrey was interviewed by PBS in 2017 on why she’s against Section 8 housing in her neighborhood. In the interview, she claims that she’s “definitely not a bigot.” Hide A clip of the hour-long segment resurfaced on Twitter Thursday and has gone viral because people definitely think she’s “a bigot” A Texas woman explains why she doesnt want affordable housing in her neighborhood. I think this clip is @jbouie and @GeeDee215 bait https://t.co/RrglpXg66A pic.twitter.com/fZzloORRe7— Almaqah (@_Almaqah) October 1, 2020 Hide The video received more than 2 million views within the first 18 hours of being posted. It shows the journalist asking Humphrey why she doesn’t want affordable housing in her neighborhood in Dallas, Texas.  Humphrey tells the interviewer that people in the neighborhood aren’t in the...
    DENVER (CBS4) — Denver broke ground on 103 new affordable apartments in Capitol Hill on Monday. The Capitol Square Apartments will go up on 13th and Sherman. (credit: Mile High Development and Brinshore Development) The six-story building will offer one-and two bedroom units and includes a gym, a courtyard and 68 parking spots. The apartments are income restricted for a single-household earning less than $55,000 per year.
    BRONZEVILLE — Bronzeville residents, elected officials and developers celebrated the grand opening of a 84-unit mixed-income housing complex nearly a decade in the making Thursday. The 4400 Grove complex, named after the Cottage Grove Avenue block it inhabits, features 38 affordable apartments reserved for those making up to 60 percent of the area median income, or $43,680 annually for a two-person household. The project, which replaces the Chicago Housing Authority’s Washington Park Homes demolished in 2002, also features 21 public housing apartments. The remaining 25 apartments are market-rate. The Chicago Housing Authority chose national developer The Michaels Organization and Northbrook-based Brinshore Development to lead the redevelopment of the Washington Park Homes site in 2011, but financing hurdles held up the project for years. The development was supported in part by $7.2 million in tax-increment financing (TIF) dollars from the city, a $7 million loan from the Chicago Housing Authority...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – It’s one of the oldest forms of affordable housing in San Francisco, SROs, short for single room occupancy hotels. Now, the very people who fought to preserve this housing of last resort are calling it dangerous. “As many as eight or nine people are sharing one 10 by 10 foot room and that is just unbelievable,” Mattias Mormino said. A Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotel in San Francisco’s Chinatown. (CBS) For decades, SROs have been defended by affordable housing advocates like Mattias Mormino. The Director of Policy and Government relations at Chinatown’s Community Development Center, Mormino said the pandemic has changed his mind about whether SROs are really sustainable. “I think COVID really accelerated that and made us realize that places where folks have to share bathrooms have to share kitchen facilities, really have some inherent problems that make them, you know, dangerous in an...
    BERKELEY — It was not a typical sermon for Reverand Phil Brochard of All Souls Episcopal Parish. For one thing, he gave his speech from an empty construction site, standing in front of a pile of shovel-ready dirt. That’s because Brochard and his congregation were celebrating an unusual church milestone: Breaking ground on their first affordable housing development. The project, dubbed Jordan Court, will provide 34 affordable studio apartments for low-income seniors — right on All Souls’ North Berkeley property. The apartments will be next door to the building where churchgoers worship, and will include new administrative offices for the clergy, as well as two residences for church staff. As it moves forward with its affordable apartments, All Souls is part of a growing number of religious institutions donating their excess land for affordable housing. “In the end, it was the growing pressures from the lack of housing that every person...
    SANTA CLARA — A unique mixed-use project of affordable homes and a working farm proposed for Santa Clara has landed key financing from a state bond, clearing the way for a construction start next year, the developers said Wednesday. Agrihood, which will consist of 361 homes and an urban farm across the street from the Westfield Valley Fair mall, has obtained $50 million in tax-exempt bonds from the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee, Core Cos., the developer of the Santa Clara project, said. “Our success in securing bond financing reflects the importance of the Agrihood in providing stable, sustainable housing,” said Vince Cantore, a vice president of development with Core Cos. The 361 new homes in Agrihood will include 181 that will be offered at below-market rates. Of the 181 affordable homes, 165 will be set aside for low-income seniors. Along with the housing, Agrihood will also offer an urban...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City By Michelle de la Uz As the city grapples with the impact of COVID-19, the systemic inequalities that have existed in our city for generations have become particularly acute. This has become even more evident in Sunset Park, with its significant immigrant population.  These inequalities are particularly apparent in our city’s housing market. While the current COVID-19 crisis has played out in neighborhoods across the city at all income levels, it is painfully visible in working-class and immigrant enclaves like Sunset Park.  Fears of gentrification and displacement aren’t new for Sunset Park, but they have become more pronounced in light of the proposed Industry City rezoning and ongoing growth. And while the Industry City proposal has been pulled, we need to be clear about one thing: Sunset Park has faced a...
              Richmond Mayor Levi Stoney proposed a “racially equitable” affordable housing plan on Tuesday. The mayor will give a majority of the city-owned land parcels to Maggie Walker Community Land Trust. The organization’s mission statement is “to foster racially equitable communities” within their constructed affordable housing. The organization will receive 32 of the proposed 66 parcels of land. Or, 80 percent of properties. Stoney also proposed that the remainder of land will be given to non-profits for multi-family rental units and contractors. The mayor stated that competitive contracts from the contractors and future tax revenue from properties phasing out from their taxpayer-exempt status will help back the funds for the affordable housing. He promised that no new taxes would be imposed on citizens. The mayor also stated that he factored these numbers to benefit “the people who need it the most” in his city. According...
    (CBS DETROIT) – If you’ve been to certain areas in the city in recent years you’ve noticed things look much different, but with all the opportunity, growth and development, Mayor Duggan says he wants to make sure Detroiters are benefiting. Midtown, an area once known as the Cass Corridor, has gone from a large homeless and poverty area, to a destination with swanky shops and high-priced real estate. But Mayor Duggan says unlike in other cities, he refuses to allow gentrification in Detroit. “In too many cities in this country the residents who have stayed get forced out either they literally have their low-income housing taken away from them or the rent goes up so high that people have to move out of the neighborhood they may have lived in for years,” said Duggan. The Mayor says Detroiters should not be forced out of areas just because new businesses and...
    DETROIT (AP) — Banks, philanthropies and nonprofits are working with Detroit to direct $75 million in private money for affordable housing in the city. The Detroit Housing for the Future Fund was announced Tuesday with $48 million in initial commitments, including a combined $25 million from JPMorgan Chase and the Kresge Foundation. The fund provides easier access to grants and loans to developers trying to fill the gap between redevelopment costs and the income they will receive from tenants. JPMorgan Chase is committing $15 million to fund grants and loans. The Troy, Michigan-based Kresge Foundation is guaranteeing $10 million. The fund is the privately funded part of Detroit’s affordable housing initiative announced in 2018. The city has spent more than $12 million to develop 424 units of affordable housing. Mayor Mike Duggan’s administration wants to preserve 10,000 units of existing affordable housing and develop 2,000 units of new affordable housing....
    BRONZEVILLE — Construction of an apartment building neighboring the 43rd Street Green Line stop is set to begin next summer, the first step in a $100 million “transit-oriented development” planned for Bronzeville. The first phase of the 43 Green project will bring 99 apartments and 6,000 square feet of retail space to formerly vacant, city-owned property at 43rd Street and Calumet Avenue. Groundbreaking is set for June. Construction is estimated to take 14 months, though tenants may begin moving in before it’s completed. Transit-oriented developments, allowed within close proximity to “L” and bus stops, benefit from different rules than other developments in the city, including fewer parking spots. According to the plan, about half of the apartments must remain affordable for at least 30 years. They’ll be reserved for renters making up to 60 percent of the area median income, or $43,680 annually for a two-person household. “We’re marketing it...
    By DON THOMPSON | The Associated Press SACRAMENTO — Tenants, affordable housing groups and local governments will get first crack at buying foreclosed homes under a measure approved Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The bill is designed to keep corporations from snapping up homes and letting some fall into disrepair as they did during the Great Recession. The issue drew national attention a year ago when several homeless mothers calling themselves Moms 4 Housing moved into a vacant, corporate-owned house in West Oakland. It was among 15 bills Newsom signed into law as renters and home-buyers again struggle during mass layoffs prompted by the pandemic. The governor said the measures “will directly lead to more affordable opportunities for renters and homeowners.” The law bars sellers of foreclosed homes from bundling them at auction for sale to a single buyer. In addition, it will allow tenants, families, local governments, affordable housing...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A stretch of land in Minneapolis that once housed hundreds of people experiencing homelessness has again turned into an encampment. Beyond the fencing and blockades set up to guard an otherwise ordinary section of tattered grass is a community in need of a home, finding refuge in a familiar place. Carrie Johnson is the service area director of housing for Avivo, a nonprofit focused on helping homeless people find housing, as well as get mental health and chemical dependency services. “What I’m hearing from individuals there, down there, is that it’s Native land, and that’s where they feel safe, and they’re gonna go back to their land,” Johnson said. Her organization is one of several making daily trips to the encampment along Hiawatha Avenue, offering services and resources in the same place where hundreds set up tents in 2018. As the calendar turned to winter that...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Tenants, affordable housing groups and local governments will get first crack at buying foreclosed homes under a measure approved Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The bill is designed to keep corporations from snapping up homes and letting some fall into disrepair as they did during the Great Recession. The issue drew national attention a year ago when several homeless mothers calling themselves Moms 4 Housing moved into a vacant, corporate-owned house in West Oakland. It was among 15 bills Newsom signed into law as renters and home-buyers again struggle during mass layoffs prompted by the pandemic. The governor said the measures “will directly lead to more affordable opportunities for renters and homeowners.” The law bars sellers of foreclosed homes from bundling them at auction for sale to a single buyer. In addition, it will allow tenants, families, local governments, affordable housing nonprofits and community land trusts...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — Tenants, affordable housing groups and local governments will get first crack at buying foreclosed homes under a measure approved Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Senate Bill 1079 by State Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) is designed to keep corporations from snapping up homes and letting some fall into disrepair as they did during the Great Recession. The issue drew national attention a year ago when several homeless mothers calling themselves Moms 4 Housing moved into a vacant, corporate-owned house in West Oakland. Moms 4 Housing protest (CBS) It was among 15 bills Newsom signed into law as renters and home-buyers again struggle during mass layoffs prompted by the pandemic. The governor said the measures “will directly lead to more affordable opportunities for renters and homeowners.” The law bars sellers of foreclosed homes from bundling them at auction for sale to a single buyer. In addition, it...
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A state low-income housing tax credit sought by developers seeking to build affordable housing but often criticized by Missouri officials as inefficient has resumed after a three-year moratorium. The Missouri Housing Development Commission has restarted the program, The Kansas City Star reports. The commission's decision came in a unanimous vote Friday. Developers and tenant advocates have noted that the supply of affordable housing in Missouri badly trails demand and developers say it’s hard to make such ventures work financially without the credit. Jeff Smith, executive director of the Missouri Workforce Housing Association, said about 100,000 people across Missouri are on a waiting list for affordable housing. But the tax credit is resuming without legislative reforms that were once thought necessary to get the program running again. Then-Republican Gov. Eric Greitens zeroed it out in 2017, portraying developers and investors who bought the credits as “tax...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Organizers of three homeless encampments in Philadelphia are claiming victory in ongoing negotiations with the city. They say there is now an offer on the table for permanent affordable housing. In a statement, organizers say the city agreed to transfer 50 vacant homes to a land trust, that trust would then designate the properties as permanent affordable housing for people making less than $25,000 a year. In a video posted to Instagram on Sunday, organizers of the camp discussed and clarified the details of the tentative agreement. “PHA on Friday showed us nine houses on one block which says a lot about what we’ve been saying all along and which they said is a lie but it’s true that their intentionally neglecting properties in our neighborhood as to cause blight and using their own intentional blight to justify seizing land from private homeowners in black neighborhoods,” camp...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Organizers of three homeless encampments in Philadelphia are claiming victory in ongoing negotiations with the city. They say there is now an offer on the table for permanent affordable housing. In a statement, organizers say the city agreed to transfer 50 vacant homes to a land trust, that trust would then designate the properties as permanent affordable housing for people making less than $25,000 a year. The city says any official agreement will come with a firm date to vacate the property on the Parkway. Three eviction notices have already been ignored.
    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois officials are testing out a new community garden project they hope will bring more fresh produce options to distressed neighborhoods on Chicago’s South Side. The first site to participate will be Antioch Haven Homes, affordable housing in Englewood. The neighborhood has a large percentage of low-income residents. The gardens will feature broccoli, collard greens, curly kale, and stonehead cabbage, according to the Illinois Department of Human Services. “We are excited to announce this great new pilot program and to offer fresh produce to some of the areas hardest hit by COVID-19 and poverty in Illinois,” said Grace Hou, the state agency’s secretary. “Fresh produce is an extremely important part of a healthy, long-term diet and even more so during a global pandemic. We hope to continue to build this program into additional underserved communities in the future.” The produce will service residents of the nearly 200...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY RACHEL HOLLIDAY SMITH, THE CITY This article was originally published on Sept. 24 at 6:48pm EDT by THE CITY Like many Upper West Siders, Sara Lind spent recent weeks watching her neighbors take sides on a key question: Where should people without homes live? At City Hall, at local rallies and counter-protests, and even on Fox News, the debate raged on about how to treat homeless men living at the Lucerne Hotel, used as a shelter during the pandemic. To Lind, running for the neighborhood’s open City Council seat in 2021, a solution is clear: Make more space for them. Specifically, build more affordable housing — in her own proverbial backyard. “Every neighborhood has to do their part,” she said. “Shuffling people from shelter to shelter is not the...
    ALBANY PARK — A new six-story affordable housing development in Albany Park could break ground in early 2021 if the city approves its zoning request. Developer Celadon Holdings announced in April plans for an apartment building focused on affordable housing at an empty lot at 3557 W. Lawrence Ave. after the city granted the project highly competitive tax credits.   Celedon is partnering with the Renters Organizing Ourselves to Stay (ROOTS) initiative created by Communities United, a nonprofit focusing on affordable and quality housing. It’s one of two Albany Park projects ROOTS is working on. Aron Weisner, one of the developers, said during a Thursday community meeting they are planning to start construction early next year and units could be available to rent by late 2021 or early 2022. “It’ll hopefully go before zoning board of appeals before the end of the year because we want to start building this as soon as possible early in...
    SAN MATEO (CBS SF) –The suburbs have become a huge point of contention ahead of the 2020 presidential election. President Donald Trump has said if Joe Biden is elected, residents can say goodbye to the suburbs. “The Democrats in DC want to abolish our beautiful and successful suburbs. Suburbia will be no more,” President Trump said in a series of speeches, tweets and campaign ads this summer. The President has made it clear he wants suburban voters to feel as though their safety is at stake. “They want to defund our police and law enforcement while at the same time destroying our great suburbs,” Trump said. It’s a tone reminiscent of 1968 when riots broke out in response to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and then candidate Richard Nixon spoke of the “silent majority.” “It is the voice of the great majority. The forgotten Americans, the non-shouters, the non-demonstrators,” Nixon said...
    LOGAN SQUARE — Crews have begun to transform the parking lot next to the Logan Square Blue Line station into an 100-unit affordable housing complex, a project years in the making. The nonprofit developer behind the project, Bickerdike Redevelopment Corp., has opted not to hold a ground-breaking ceremony because of the pandemic and is instead releasing a series of videos highlighting the significance of the project and the community effort to get it built. The developer will release one video a night on its Facebook and YouTube platforms during the week of Oct. 5. “We’re looking forward to sharing this virtual celebration, and are already looking ahead to a big, in-person ribbon cutting celebration when construction is completed,” Bickerdike’s communications manager Libby Juliá-Vazquez said in an email. We’re so excited. The ground is broken and the construction of Emmett Street Apartments is underway! Stay tuned for information on a virtual...
    SAN JOSE — Affordable housing plans for middle-income people might supplant a prior proposal for a hotel in a San Jose historic neighborhood near Google’s proposed transit village, public documents on file with city staffers show. Very preliminary plans are being floated at City Hall for a housing development at 615 Stockton Ave. in the Schiele Alameda neighborhood near downtown San Jose on a site where a hotel had once been envisioned by project developer Alan Nguyen. “A 100 percent moderate-income affordable housing project” would be built at 615 Stockton Ave., according to the preliminary proposal from Nguyen that’s being reviewed by the city planning staff. The residential project is being pitched at the corner of Stockton Avenue and Schiele Avenue, at a site that’s near the footprint of a game-changing mixed-use neighborhood that Google has proposed near the Diridon train station and SAP Center. Conceptual images of the residential...
    LOGAN SQUARE — A new plan to convert the Humboldt Park United Methodist Church into an all-affordable housing project is gaining momentum. Church leaders have teamed up with affordable housing developer LUCHA on the effort to transform the 92-year-old church at 2122 N. Mozart St. into a 22-unit affordable housing complex. If everything goes according to plan, construction would begin next summer. The deal would mean relocating the congregation away from the corner of Mozart Street and Shakespeare Avenue for the first time in nearly a century, but it would also bring more affordable housing to the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. “We as a congregation have lost our Latinx families who have been displaced out of this neighborhood through the evils of gentrification,” Paula Cripps-Vallejos, Humboldt Park United Methodist Church’s reverend, said at a virtual community meeting Monday evening. “Our church council made the decision to sell to someone who would maintain...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City The latest chapter in the ongoing battle over the potential rezoning of Soho and Noho focuses on the Citizens Housing Planning Council’s (CHPC) latest report advocating for changes to spur affordable housing development in the area. The CHPC report “Rezoning Soho/Noho For a More Equitable New York City” recently went live on the council’s website. The group calls the rezoning “a crucial first step in advancing an equitable development framework for New York City” that would boost affordable housing construction — and lambasted critics of the plan as NIMBYists seeking to preserve the status quo. On the flip side, the leader of local historic group Village Preservation blasted the report as disingenuous and suggested that it represented a massive conflict of interest. Representatives of several developers and property owners in the...
    WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The Maui County Council has approved two new affordable housing projects on the southern side of the island. The council voted in favor of the Liloa Hale Senior Rental Housing Project and the Hale Kaiola duplex project Friday, The Maui News reported. Liloa Hale Senior Rental Housing Project plans to construct a three-story apartment building with 117 units. The project is expected to include 101 one-bedroom apartments, five of which will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA. There will also be 16 two-bedroom apartments, including one unit that is complaint with the ADA. Seniors earning 60% and below the area median income, established by Department of Housing and Human Concerns guidelines, will be eligible to rent. For multifamily housing on Maui, that means an income of $58,500 and below. The Hale Kaiola duplex is expected to have 40 affordable units. The project...
    A new study found six Illinois cities rank among the top 50 most affordable housing markets in the country, largely as a result of depressed home prices. The website RefiGuide compared income and the cost of a house to determine how far the median household income could go toward the purchase price of a home in that city. Peoria ranked sixth in the country, Decatur ranked eighth, Joliet ranked 13th, Rockford ranked 21st, Springfield ranked 29th and Bloomington ranked 34th. To calculate the affordability, RefiGuide took median annual income as a percentage of home prices in the area. Peoria, for example, has a 63.9% affordability grade. Ed Neaves, president of the Illinois Realtors Association, said there are still good-paying jobs in some of the cities with depressed neighborhoods. “Those are the metrics they are using to say that it is the most affordable place to buy,”...
    Another state appeals court has overruled ridiculous “Not In My Back Yard” objections to a development project that’s fully in legal compliance with zoning rules. It’s welcome news for a city looking to bounce back from the economically debilitating impact of the coronavirus. Late last month, a Manhattan appellate court unanimously overturned an absurd ruling that halted the Two Bridges project. An important takeaway from the decision should guide lower courts in similar cases: “It is undisputed that they do not violate any applicable zoning regulation” — meaning judges need to stop trying to override city officials’ exercise of their lawful discretion. Earlier this summer, in a 5-0 decision, the same court reinstated the city’s rezoning of Inwood, reversing a lower court’s December finding. Both rulings are wins for developers and the de Blasio administration — just as the city faces a devastating budget shortfall that will strain its ability...
    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reno has become one of the top 20 least affordable housing markets in the U.S., with cost-burdened households needing to spend nearly half of their income to afford a median home, according to a monthly report by a real estate website. RealtyHop put the northern Nevada city 18th behind Denver and San Jose, California, in its September ranking of housing markets based on median price and area incomes. “Homebuyers in major West Coast cities have been eyeing surrounding markets that are more affordable,” Shane Lee, a RealtyHop data scientist, told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “Reno, specifically, has been absorbing the outflow from California over the past couple of years,” Lee said, “and now, as companies continue with their remote working policies due to COVID-19, there’s less of a reason to stay close to major hubs, making Reno an even more desirable location for professionals looking to own...
    MinnPost photo by Peter CallaghanCommunity land trusts boast programs that offer a way to buy and maintain homes for people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford them.Mary Van Avery still remembers walking over the random papers and toys strewn on the floor of the previously foreclosed home she was examining in Minneapolis’ Powderhorn neighborhood. Food was rotting in the kitchen. Pictures of the family that previously lived in the house still hung on the living room walls.  It was 2009, and, at the time, Van Avery couldn’t afford to buy the home on the open market. Over the previous decade, she had moved from apartment to apartment and made a modest salary as a nonprofit administrator and public artist, and she didn’t have much to put toward a down payment. “I had zero dollars,” she said.  But she still wanted to buy a home, prompted by the fatigue of...
    NEAR NORTH SIDE — The long-shuttered Near North High School will be torn down and replaced with mixed-income housing under a plan approved by the City Council Wednesday. Aldermen unanimously signed off on giving the Chicago Housing Authority up to $4 million in tax-increment financing for the project. The approval allows the CHA to move forward with plans to redevelop the vacant school building at 1450 N. Larrabee St. into 200 units of mixed-income apartments. According to the ordinance, the CHA will receive no more than $4 million to demolish the Near North Career Metropolitan High School building, which has been closed since 2001. The demolition will include removing existing landscaping and sidewalks on the building’s property. Ald. Walter Burnett (27th), whose ward houses the vacant school building, called the project a “long time coming,” according to The Daily Line. He said the demolition is part of the city’s long-running...
    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 presidential center would displace residents in the largely Black lakefront neighborhood of Woodlawn. Under the ordinance, Chicago will require new developments near the planned center to include affordable housing. The plan earmarks $4.5 million for housing programs, including offering grants for existing residents to repair homes and a program aimed at keeping rents affordable. “This legislation will not only be a key first step in keeping long-term residents in place in Woodlawn but will serve as a model for the rest of Chicago as we advocate for additional development needed to transform all our neighborhoods," Alderwoman Jeanette Taylor, a former activist who campaigned...
    LOGAN SQUARE — A nonprofit developer wants to convert a Logan Square church into an all-affordable housing project. Latin United Community Housing Assocation, or LUCHA, is looking to buy Humboldt Park United Methodist Church at 2122 N. Mozart St. and create about 20 affordable units inside, according to Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st). La Spata said the developer plans to retain the church exterior as is. The church pastor didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment Wednesday, but a church official confirmed the congregation is considering selling the building to LUCHA to make way for affordable housing. The congregation is still operating out of the building, though no in-person services are being held due to the pandemic, the church official said. In addition to a sanctuary, the church is currently home to 11 affordable apartments run by the congregation, he said. Reached Wednesday, LUCHA’s executive director Lissette Castañeda declined to comment...
    Construction has begun on a new affordable housing complex in Northern Westchester with 82 energy-efficient apartments. According to Governor Andrew Cuomo's office, work on the $51 million dollar development in downtown Peekskill at 645 Main Street began on Wednesday, Sept. 9.  The project is a part of his five-year, $20 million dollar affordable housing plan, which began in 2016 and is carried out by New York State Homes and Community Renewal. "Every New Yorker deserves a safe, decent and affordable place to call home," Cuomo said. "This new, energy-efficient development builds upon our continued strategic investments in downtowns throughout the state and will provide more than 80 brand-new, affordable apartments for families and the community." The apartments will be available for families earning between 40 and 80 percent of the area median income, which is $89,968. The new affordable housing will help the city meet its Downtorn Revitalization Initiative goal of...
    FOSTER CITY (KPIX 5) — Affordable housing in California, already an extremely rare commodity, will likely become even more rare in the next decade. Nearly 32,000 units of affordable housing in the state are expected to be converted to market rate housing in the next 10 years. That puts tenants like Venessa Franklin of Foster’s City in a position to be displaced. Franklin has lived at the Foster’s Landing apartment complex for more than 30 years. She says she’ll never forget the feeling she had when she first walked into her home all those years ago. “I said, ‘My God, this would be a blessing.’ And it turned out to be that way,” Franklin said. She had just gotten out of a bad marriage, was staying with family and needed a home for her two boys. Franklin lives in what is known as a BMR or “below market rate” unit,...
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