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L.A. City Council Votes to Ban Low-Income Section 8 Rental Discrimination

Kimberly Dominique lived in her car for months before she finally found a landlord who accepted her Section 8 voucher. (Maria Alejandra Cardona / Los Angeles Times) The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance that bars landlords from refusing to consider tenants who pay rent through Section 8, the federal subsidy program [...]

2019-06-20T16:26:09-07:00June 20th, 2019|Advocacy, Los Angeles|

Family Loses Everything, Including Pets, After Apartment Fire in Pasadena

PASADENA, Texas (KTRK) -- Just days after Christmas, a Pasadena family lost everything in an apartment fire. The fire happened Friday around 10:30 a.m. at an apartment complex on Westside Drive. The family who lived inside wasn't home at the time, but two dogs and several other pets were killed in the fire. "When I [...]

2019-01-02T09:00:33-07:00January 2nd, 2019|Advocacy, Pasadena|

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|

Council to Debate Options for Evicting Corporate Housing from the City

City Council will embark on a wide-ranging discussion of corporate housing in Santa Monica at their Tuesday meeting to eventually craft more specific rules that will prevent permanent housing from being used for temporary residences. According to City Staff, the corporate housing problem is still small compared to the broader housing market but there are [...]

2018-12-17T08:52:28-07:00December 17th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|