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Apartment Construction Fuels Rise in Housing Starts

U.S. developers broke ground on more homes last month, but the increase occurred entirely in apartments. The construction of new single-family houses fell. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that housing starts rose 3.2 percent in November from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate 1.26 million. Despite the increase, that is down [...]

2018-12-19T15:20:39-07:00December 19th, 2018|Advocacy|

Helter Skelter Street: LA’s Specter of Homelessness

LOS ANGELES — Helter Skelter Street is a starkly unforgiving specter lurking amid the thoroughfares of L.A. County predating the human scape, seeking to remand evermore men, women, and children to the hard, virulent streets stripped of shelter, food, and clothing. Helter Skelter Street is a metaphor of the bourgeoning fraternity of the homeless in the [...]

2018-12-19T15:28:33-07:00December 19th, 2018|Advocacy|

L.A.’s Housing Crisis Hits Hollywood: The Entertainment Workers Living in Their Cars

In response to exorbitant rents, many assistants, craftspeople and working actors are adopting a transient lifestyle, some by choice, some less so: "It's hard for me to say this because I don't think of myself as in need of help, but right now I need help." Even by Los Angeles standards, Noelle spends a lot [...]

2018-12-19T09:49:43-07:00December 19th, 2018|Advocacy|

10 Things to Look for in the Perfect Apartment

When apartment hunting, the endless list of options alone can be overwhelming. Then comes the hard part: finding an apartment that meets all of your needs. You know – an apartment that “checks off all the boxes” on your needs list. To make it easier, we’ve compiled a list of 10 things to look for [...]

2018-12-18T14:49:13-07:00December 18th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

How Low Turnover Fuels New York City’s Affordable Housing Crisis

We are accustomed to gauging the housing health of cities through some familiar data points: vacancy rates, new building permits, affordability. But there’s another, under-appreciated measure which explains a great deal about a city’s housing market and, specifically, provides an insight into the ongoing housing “crisis” that plagues some of America’s most prosperous cities, especially [...]

2018-12-18T14:38:00-07:00December 18th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

What Does the Next Chicago Mayor Have in Mind for Affordable Housing?

There are presently 21 candidates in the race for mayor of the city of Chicago. The final field will undoubtedly thin considerably by the process of nominating signature challenges — candidates must have at least 12,500 nominating signatures to get on the final ballot for mayor, but in what’s become a Chicago electoral tradition, opponents [...]

2018-12-18T14:28:31-07:00December 18th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

$71 Million Behind St. Paul’s Innovative Solution to Affordable Housing Crisis

St. Paul city leaders are moving forward with a huge and historic investment in low-cost living. At their most recent City Council meeting, council members approved a $71 million plan to expand housing over the next three years. Chris Tolbert represents Ward 3 and the Housing Redevelopment Authority. "This is going to help people, help families, [...]

2018-12-17T16:16:55-07:00December 17th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Bombay High Court Evicts ‘Trespasser’ Maid from Dead Owner’s Flat

A domestic help who continue to stay in a flat in south Mumbai even after the death of her employer 12 years ago has been declared a trespasser by the Bobmay high court. Justice Atul Chandurkar declared that the 48-year-old woman's continued occupation of the flat in Sir Shapoorji Broacha Baug in Girgaum was illegal and [...]

2018-12-17T09:37:55-07:00December 17th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Guest Column: Knowledge of Tenant Rights Is Power

It’s been nearly a year since the former Ontario government rolled out 28 pilot courses on financial literacy as part of a possible revamp of the high-school civics and careers course. Since the election, the new Ford government has stressed it will indeed revamp this curriculum as well. Premier Doug Ford said, “Financial literacy is [...]

2018-12-17T09:09:35-07:00December 17th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Trump Family’s Tenants Paid More in Rent Because of Property Improvement Scheme: Report

“Thousands” of rent-regulated tenants in Trump family-built apartments saw questionable rent increases because the Trumps overstated how much they spent on property improvements, The New York Times reports. When tenants in Trump family-built properties noticed their rents went up in the 1990s, some were skeptical the increase was due to rumored building improvements that cost millions. According [...]

2018-12-17T09:04:56-07:00December 17th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|