Tag: Affordable Housing

California Approves Statewide Rent Control to Ease Housing Crisis

California lawmakers enacted a statewide rent cap on Wednesday covering millions of tenants, the biggest step yet in a surge of initiatives to address an affordable-housing crunch nationwide. The bill limits annual rent increases to 5 percent after inflation and offers new barriers to eviction, providing a bit of housing security in a state with […]

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French Housing Project, Once a Symbol of the Future, Is Now a Tale of the Past

IVRY-SUR-SEINE, France — Appropriately enough, it started with a countdown — “Trois, deux, un, zéro!” — as the onlookers on the outskirts of Paris looked into the sky. The liftoff on a recent Saturday was surprisingly sluggish, as if the machine rose from the earth only reluctantly. But after gathering momentum, the demolition crane grabbed […]

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California Rent Control Bill Advances, Fueled by Housing Crisis

California’s escalating housing costs have yielded epic commutes and a rising tide of homelessness. Now they are close to producing a political milestone: a vast expansion of tenant-protection laws that would cap rents statewide. On Tuesday, the State Senate voted to advance a bill to limit rent increases to 5 percent a year plus a […]

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Trump Eyes Crackdown on Homelessness as Aides Visit California

WASHINGTON — President Trump is pushing aides to find ways to curtail the growing number of homeless people living on the streets of Los Angeles, part of broader discussions his aides have held for weeks about urban problems in liberal locales, according to his personal lawyer and administration officials. A team of administration officials is […]

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Trump Moves to Send Mortgage Giants Back to Private Sector

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday unveiled a long-awaited plan to end federal control of two mortgage giants that were bailed out by taxpayers during the 2008 financial crisis and return them to the private sector. The administration’s 49 recommendations to overhaul America’s housing finance system are unlikely to find an eager audience in […]

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A Better Address Can Change a Child’s Future

SEATTLE — Jackie Rath says she was sexually assaulted by four different men, including a stepfather and a stepbrother, by the time she was 16. That is also when her mom went to prison for murdering a boyfriend’s lover. Rath, now 38, was the third generation in her family to endure a traumatized childhood that […]

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Plan for Supertall Tower Looming Over Lower East Side Is Halted, for Now

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The constant charge of high-rise developments that have demolished, rebuilt and reshaped so many New York City neighborhoods has largely marched on unimpeded in recent years despite fierce objections from community groups and preservationists. That changed on Thursday. A […]

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Much Ado About a Little More Housing

The agenda said the Montgomery County Council would vote on an ordinance allowing homeowners in the county, a wealthy Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C., to create basement or backyard apartments, a modest proposal to ease a crucial shortage of affordable housing. The protesters who filled the front rows of the Council chambers last week thought […]

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F.B.I. Agents Raid South Bend Housing Authority Offices

F.B.I. agents raided the offices of the Housing Authority of South Bend, Ind., on Wednesday, the second potential distraction back home for the presidential campaign of the city’s mayor, Pete Buttigieg. No one was arrested during the raid, in which evidence collection teams visited the housing authority’s headquarters on Alonzo Watson Drive about 1 p.m. […]

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How ‘Developer’ Became Such a Dirty Word

A 1906 drawing of the Empire Building in Denver.CreditLibrary of Congress The building itself, decades later.CreditLibrary of Congress The developers are coming. They’ve got the politicians in their pockets and the gaudy architectural plans in their hands. They will gorge on the entire city. And they won’t stop until peak profit has been wrung from […]

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For Seattle’s Last Mobile Home Owners, the Clock Is Ticking

SEATTLE — The very name of the Halcyon Mobile Home Park evokes happy tranquillity, and that’s what many residents were hoping it would be: an affordable place to enjoy their retirement in peace. For a small fraction of what a standard house costs in the Pacific Northwest, a notoriously expensive corner of the country, they could […]

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Airbnb, Under Attack in New Jersey, Seeks a New Ally: Voters

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] JERSEY CITY — One of the most popular lodging choices for visitors to Manhattan is not actually in New York City. Just across the Hudson River in New Jersey, Airbnb and other home-sharing sites are booming, attracting travelers seeking […]

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What the City Didn’t Want the Public to Know: Its Policy Deepens Segregation

For more than two years, lawyers for New York City have fought to keep secret a report on the city’s affordable housing lotteries, arguing that its release would insert an unfavorable and “potentially incorrect analysis into the public conversation.” The report was finally released on Monday, following a federal court ruling, and its findings were […]

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Counting Down to a Green New York

New York’s ambitious plan to fight climate change by virtually eliminating greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is underway — and the battle begins at home. Two-thirds of the city’s planet-warming pollution is produced by buildings, primarily residential ones, according to a 2017 inventory. In spite of recent efforts, impeded in part by years of intense […]

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Only Washington Can Solve the Nation’s Housing Crisis

In recent months America’s affordable housing crisis, a long-simmering issue for people of low and moderate incomes, has burst onto the front page. Rents are rising much faster than income, while the median home price in some 200 cities is $1 million. After a decade of decline, the number of homeless Americans is ticking back […]

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Amazon HQ2 Is Upending Northern Virginia’s Already Unstable Housing Market

WASHINGTON — Amazon has yet to break ground in Northern Virginia for its second headquarters, but residents are already turning away persistent speculators, recalculating budgets for down payments on homes and fighting rent increases. Amazon announced in November that its second headquarters would be in National Landing, which includes parts of Crystal City, Pentagon City […]

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Cities Need Affordable Housing, but Builders Want Big Profits. Can It Work?

WASHINGTON — The Wharf is a gleaming, $2.5 billion development that has transformed a long-stagnant waterfront into a major destination in the nation’s capital. Along a mile of the Potomac River is an array of high-end hotels, entertainment venues, shops, restaurants and apartments. They include the 6,000-capacity Anthem concert venue, an InterContinental hotel and Vio, […]

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A New Approach on Housing Affordability

A growing number of Americans are struggling to cope with the high and rising cost of rental housing in the United States. On any given night last year, more than half a million Americans were homeless. Nearly 11 million households managed to keep a roof over their heads only by spending more than 50 percent […]

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Google Pledges $1 Billion to Ease Bay Area Housing Crisis

SAN FRANCISCO — Google pledged $1 billion worth of land and money on Tuesday to build affordable housing in the San Francisco Bay Area, the latest effort by tech industry leaders to address housing shortages near their headquarters. Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive, said in a blog post that the company planned to repurpose at […]

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Rent Laws’ Impact: Tenant Paradise or Return of the ‘Bronx Is Burning’?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] When a neighborhood landlord named Stephanie Kirnon learned about the far-reaching changes to New York’s rent laws, she grew anxious: How would she afford the $29,000 in repairs to the leaky roof of the 26-unit apartment building she owns […]

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