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    Millions are on the brink of losing everything as COVID-19 closures continue and an unemployment benefit that's been saving gig workers is in danger."I am now homeless and as of four weeks ago, I thought I was living in my car," said Karen Castoldi during a Monday Zoom conference with others in similar situations and Burbank Congressman Adam Schiff.Castoldi explained the impact of the COVID-19 shutdowns to her income and the importance of two storage units where she keeps clothes from her 30 years in the costume industry."I need the money to pay for my storage units... because probably in a couple months they'll be threatened to be auctioned off," she said. "And if I lose those two storage units, I've lost everything. I won't have a career anymore."Rep. Schiff hosted the Zoom conference to hear from just some of the workers in the gig economy who receive an additional...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The city of Los Angeles is efforting a program to use mobile units to administer thousands of COVID-19 vaccines in underserved communities of color. A nurse administers a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Dignity Health Sports Park on Feb. 16, 2021, in Carson, Calif. (Getty Images) The Mobile Outreach Vaccine Equity (MOVE) program was announced Thursday by Mayor Eric Garcetti. It’s targeting neighborhoods in South L.A., East L.A., Northeast L.A. and the east San Fernando Valley. Over 4,200 doses of the vaccine have already been administered using mobile units over the past two weeks as part of a pilot, the mayor’s office said in a news release. Two-thirds of those doses went to African-Americans, and 90% to people of color, the mayor’s office said. Each mobile clinic can vaccinate up to 200 people daily. “Vaccines can be a powerful instrument of equity, and we must...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Following an exhaustive four-year federal review process, construction of the the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park is expected to begin this year, with the first preliminary work starting as early as April, and actual construction coming as early as August. “Getting to this point wouldn’t have been possible without the folks in the community who have been a part of this process along the way,” former President Barack Obama said in a video message on Wednesday. “Michelle and I want to thank you for making this project even better—a space for the community, built in partnership with the community. We know that by working together, we can unlock the South Side’s fullest potential—and help set up our city, our country, and our world for even better years still to come.” The Obama Foundation said it plans to break ground on the center this year. Mayor Lori...
    By JASEN LEE, The Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — With housing prices along the Wasatch Front skyrocketing, civic leaders and housing advocates are considering numerous alternatives to mitigate the issue of housing affordability. Among the choices are what residential planners describe as accessory dwelling units, they can be mother-in-law apartments, coach house, guest cottage, as well as a garage or attic conversion. While they come in a variety of types that can be attached and detached from the main housing space, they may also be a solution to a problem that is putting thousands of individuals and families on the brink of housing instability, the Deseret News reported. Madelene and Gary Lee have spent the past three decades using the space in their home as an accessory dwelling unit. In fact, the West Jordan couple specifically purchased their current home — which has a finished basement — for...
    RICH people are far more likely to drink to excess than those on lower incomes, a study into ­alcohol consumption found. Increased household income was linked to drinking more than 14 units of alcohol a week, the Health Survey for England showed. 2Rich people are far more likely to drink to excess than those on lower incomes, a study into ­alcohol consumption has foundCredit: AFP - Getty In the highest income households, 44 per cent of men drank too much. It was more than any other income bracket and twice the rate among the poorest. And 25 per cent of women in the richest homes drank too much compared with nine per cent in the least well-off. 2Prof Sir Ian Gilmore, of the Alcohol Health Alliance, said: 'It is positive news that the number of children drinking alcohol has dropped so significantly'Credit: ahauk.org Overall in 2019, 19 per cent of...
    Coastal cities in the US could find themselves grappling with a new housing crisis in the coming decades. The number of affordable housing units vulnerable to flooding could triple by 2050 as the planet heats up, according to a new study. That amounts to more than 24,000 homes that could flood at least once a year by 2050, compared to about 8,000 in 2000. The study, published today in the journal Environmental Research Letters, ranks the states and cities at greatest risk. Its authors also unveiled a new interactive map that people can use to see how their hometown might be affected. Climate change is transforming cities, and the dangers are piling up on lower-income communities As the world warms, seas rise. That means tides are creeping further ashore, and storm surges are becoming a bigger threat to homes along the coast. The encroaching waters are just one...
    Bobby Brown Jr., son of singer Bobby Brown, dies in Los Angeles What Matters: How Trump is intentionally making things more difficult for Biden What are multi-family homes? Multi-family homes can be a great way for novice real estate investors to get started buying properties that will generate passive income. However, these properties have some challenges that single-family homes don't have. If you're considering buying a multi-family home, here's what you need to know before jumping in. © Qingwa/Getty Images A Georgian-style duplex home in Savannah, Georgia What is a multi-family home?A multi-family home is a single building that's set up to accommodate more than one family living separately. That can range from a duplex, which has two dwellings within a single building, to homes or small apartment buildings with up to four units. (Buildings with more than four units are considered commercial properties.) Load Error The owner...
    The Milpitas City Council has approved a developer’s plans to add 44 apartments to a longstanding complex where many units have been rented at below market rates — an arrangement that the city has significantly contributed financially to preserve. In a unanimous decision, the council voted Tuesday night to allow Santa Clara-based JMK Investments to add the apartments to its Sunnyhills Apartments complex at 1724 Sunnyhills Court. The city’s affordable housing ordinance requires 15 percent of new construction of more than 10 units to be set aside as affordable, so seven of the new 44 apartments will be restricted for extremely low-income households which earn 30 percent of the area median income or less, and the rest will be market rate, city staff said. According to Santa Clara County income and rent limits, a household of two could earn a maximum of $37,900 annually to qualify for the units. The...
    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.  
    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 ANTONIO – Editor’s note: This content was created exclusively for KSAT Explains, a new, weekly streaming show that dives deep into the biggest issues facing San Antonio and South Texas. Watch past episodes here and download the free KSAT-TV app to stay up on the latest. In 1938, the federal government authorized the first public housing development under the U.S. Housing Act. In the next few years, the Alazan-Apache Courts were built in the heart of San Antonio’s west side. But eight decades later, many believe this model of housing is outdated. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has moved away from creating communities that have such high concentrations of public housing units. What’s replacing them? Mixed-income developments. “Now you’ve got a wide variety of income levels living at the same property with the same quality units and modern amenities,” said Lorraine Robles, director of development...
    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...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The City Council has approved an ordinance designed to protect Woodlawn residents from being forced out of their homes when the Obama Presidential Center is built in Jackson Park, including a requirement that developers include more affordable housing units in future construction projects in the area. The ordinance was the result of months of negotiations between the Lightfoot administration, the two alderwomen who represent Woodlawn, and an alliance of community groups that had been seeking protections from gentrification they expect will be spurred by the Obama Presidential Center. “This has been a long time coming, but I think that it is the right direction to go,” said Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), one of the two council members who represent Woodlawn. “Housing in our city is a human right, and we have plenty of organizations and people across the city who have seen investment happen, and people be...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Developers in the Woodlawn neighborhood would be required to include more affordable housing units in projects near the proposed Obama Presidential Center, as part of a compromise between Mayor Lori Lightfoot, local aldermen, and community organizations. “This ordinance will go a long way in maintaining and developing a wide range of housing options for renters, homeowners and investors for our South Side neighborhoods,” said Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), who is co-sponsoring the ordinance. Fellow co-sponsor Ald. Jeanette Taylor (20th), who had vowed to block an earlier proposal from the mayor to protect affordable housing near the Obama Center, said the measure introduced to the City Council on Wednesday still doesn’t go far enough, but is a good first step toward protecting the Woodlawn neighborhood from gentrification. “This is a bittersweet day. Without the coalition and the community being able to come together, this ordinance wouldn’t have came...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio provided an update on Thursday on the city’s plan to keep elderly and low-income New Yorkers cool this summer during the coronavirus pandemic.  In mid-May, the de Blasio administration promised to install 74,000 air conditioning units into the homes of low-income seniors in the city and adjust city-wide cooling centers to meet social distancing requirements in order to help New Yorkers stay cool while also mitigating the spread of the novel coronavirus.  So far, the city has installed 34,294 air conditioners into the homes of low-income elderly New Yorkers, de Blasio told reporters during a press conference on Thursday. Out of those units, 24,133 went into private homes while 10,161 were installed in New York Housing Authority apartments, according to the mayor’s office.  De Blasio also said...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The city of Denver celebrated the groundbreaking of more affordable housing on Wednesday. The La Tela Condominiums will be built in the Santa Fe Arts District on Inca Street near 6th Avenue. (credit: CBS) There will be 92 homes once construction is finished. They will include 64 studio homes, 24 two-bedroom homes, and four three-bedroom homes for qualified buyers. “We need a thousand more of these immediately. Our working families deserve it, our working families desperetly need it,” said Jamie Torres, Denver City Councilwoman. The city says nearly 2,000 affordable unites are under construction right now. Another 1,200 are in the planning stage. (credit: CBS) The La Tela condos are income restricted meaning households earn up to 80% of the area median income (up to $54,950 for a single-person household, or up to $78,500 for a four-person household).
    UPTOWN — A developer is proposing to turn a vacant lot on Wilson Avenue into an affordable housing complex for senior citizens. The lot at 835 W. Wilson Ave. could become a six-story, 73-unit apartment building for people 62 and older, according to plans submitted to the city by Brinshore Development. Plans call for a building with a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units, 44 parking spaces and a rooftop deck and walking path. There is no ground-floor retail space included in the plans. All 73 units will be considered affordable. Twenty units will be allotted for residents making 30 percent of the area’s median income, 34 units for those at 60 percent of the median income and 19 units for those making 80 percent of the median income, city documents show. The area median income used for the calculation is $62,400 for one person, $85,560...
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