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  • 'Housing first': Dallas's new strategy for the city's most costly homeless people

    03/20/2016 8:46:34 AM PDT · by kevcol · 26 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 20, 2016 | Tom Dart
    For rent: brand new one-bed apartments in the shadow of downtown Dallas, a short walk from one of the city's trendiest areas. On-site concierge. Successful applicants will be homeless, mentally ill and possess criminal records. . . . All for a rent of 30% of the tenant's monthly income - whether it is $1,000 or $10. The only requirement? "Be a good tenant," James says. That means no criminal or disruptive behaviour; but no pressure on residents to immediately go sober if they are addicted to alcohol, for example.
  • Government's Wasteful Spending, from the Forest to the Trees

    08/22/2015 5:59:19 PM PDT · by jfd1776
    Illinois Review ^ | August 22, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Reflections on the release of the HUD watchdog's report on wasteful public housing assistance... The watchdog for the Department of Housing and Urban Development released a report. Some 25,000 families, only about 3% of the system, depending on how you look at it, receive federal housing assistance despite having earnings well above the income limits required to qualify for such subsidies. Major publications on both sides of the argument – such as the Daily Caller on the right and the Washington Post on the left – immediately seized on the issue and rightly blasted it. How dare the government provide...
  • Family living in public housing makes half a million a year, and HUD's OK with that

    08/19/2015 8:23:37 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/18 | Jennifer Karmon
    In New York, there's a family of four that makes half a million dollars a year — and lives in public housing at $1,574 a month. In Los Angeles, one family of five makes $205,000 a year and pays $1,100 in rent for subsidized housing. The family was admitted to the program in 1974 and has been overincome since at least 2011. How can this be?
  • Obama to announce project for more broadband in public housing

    07/15/2015 8:40:03 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 15, 2015
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is set to announce on Wednesday a pilot project to expand broadband access for people who live in public housing, in his administration's latest push to bridge the "digital divide" between the rich and poor. Working with mayors, internet service providers and other companies and nonprofits, the Department of Housing and Urban Development will make it cheaper and easier for more than 275,000 low-income households with almost 200,000 children to get home internet, the White House said in a statement on Wednesday. Obama is set to speak about the program in Durant, Oklahoma...

    06/15/2015 3:57:48 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 46 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | 06/14/2015 | staff
    Police say an ice cream truck driver in Maryland was gunned down as he was selling treats to children and a suspect has been arrested. Frederick police say 22-year-old Brandon Brown was fatally shot Saturday afternoon at Lucas Village, a subsidized housing complex. Lt. Clark Pennington, a police spokesman, says Brown drove into the community playing music to announce his arrival. He says children were lined up to buy ice cream when Brown stepped out of the truck and was approached by a man who shot him in the chest. Brown died at the scene.
  • NYC councilwoman: It might be ‘beneficial’ to assign public housing by ethnic group

    03/27/2015 9:58:27 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 27, 2015 | Michael Gartland
    A Brooklyn city councilwoman wants to know why “blocs” of Asians are living in two Fort Greene housing projects — and suggested it would be “beneficial” to assign housing by ethnic group. “How is it that one specific ethnic group has had the opportunity to move into a development in large numbers?” Laurie Cumbo, who is black, said at a council hearing on public housing Thursday
  • [Galveston] Island lawsuit seeks to block public housing

    12/04/2013 8:48:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | December 4, 2013 | Harvey Rice
    "....................Last year an anti-public housing slate of candidates won election to dominate the City Council, leading to a confrontation with federal and state officials that resulted in badly needed federal disaster funds being withheld from the city. The city relented and the issue appeared to be resolved. The Galveston Open Government Project said it filed the lawsuit because it failed over the last two years to persuade the City Council and the Housing Authority to halt efforts to rebuild public housing. The lawsuit filed by the Open Government Project and three former public housing residents accuses federal, city and state...
  • Second Amendment Foundation Wins Permanent Injunction v. Illinois Public Housing Gun Ban

    05/03/2013 2:34:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    The Gun Mag ^ | 2 May, 2013 | SAF
    The Second Amendment Foundation has won a permanent injunction against the Warren County, Ill. Housing Authority’s ban on the possession of firearms by residents or guests.The case was filed more than a year ago in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, Rock Island Division. Ronald G. Winbigler, a resident of Costello Terrace in Monmouth, is a physically disabled former police officer who wanted to keep a handgun in his residence for personal protection.SAF filed the lawsuit on his behalf, and they were represented by attorney David Sigale, who noted, “People do not lose their Second Amendment rights...
  • Which of these PMs sacked the most miners? (Clue: It wasn’t Lady Thatcher)…

    04/14/2013 8:36:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 18:51 EST, 13 April 2013 | Allister Heath
    Judging by some of the recent coverage, Thatcher’s enemies have successfully spread a series of damaging myths about her. Many of these sound plausible, and are even accepted by some of her supporters, but few stand up to proper scrutiny. Take the myth that Thatcher was deeply unpopular. The truth is that she won 43.9 percent of the vote in 1979, 42.4 percent in 1983 and 42.2 percent in 1987—landslide results of which contemporary politicians can only dream. … It has also become fashionable to blame one of her greatest triumphs—the sale of council homes to tenants—for today’s horrendous housing...
  • Anger over unannounced police drill

    03/27/2013 7:24:36 AM PDT · by redreno · 19 replies
    www.timesunion.com ^ | Tuesday, March 26, 2013 | By Lauren Stanforth
    Albany Chelsey Morales said police confined her to an apartment. Thurston Gross said police threatened to arrest him for trespassing as he tried to get to his own home. What happened at Ida J. Yarbrough Homes Thursday during a police training exercise was unacceptable, said residents and community advocates at a lively meeting of the Arbor Hill Neighborhood Association on Monday night at the Arbor Hill/West Hill Library. Albany Police Department's SWAT team conducted a hostage rescue drill in a vacant apartment at the public housing complex, just a few yards away from occupied homes.
  • Who Failed Chicago?

    02/13/2013 5:40:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    On Tuesday, President Obama and the first lady used the State of the Union spotlight to pay tribute to an innocent teenage girl shot and killed by Chicago gang thugs. On Friday, Obama will travel to the Windy City to decry violence and crusade for more gun laws in the town with the strictest gun laws and bloodiest gun-related death tolls in America. Does the White House really want to open up a national conversation about the state of Chicago? OK, let's talk. Obama, his wife, his campaign strategists, his closest cronies and his biggest bundlers all hail from Chicago....
  • Residents of Wrentham public housing complex ordered to remove U.S. flags

    07/12/2012 8:33:50 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 68 replies
    Attleboro MA Sun Chronicle ^ | 7/11/12 | Matt Kakley
    WRENTHAM — Just a week after the nation celebrated its birthday, residents of the Garden Lane public housing complex are being told they can no longer display their patriotism by hanging U.S. flags outside their homes. Tenants of the complex, operated near the center of town by the Wrentham Housing Authority, were notified of the new policy through a letter taped to their doors sometime Wednesday afternoon. The letter, which is unsigned but is on housing authority letterhead, says the move was made after a tenant repeatedly complained to the state Department of Housing and Community Development over the July...
  • Residents protest proposed smoking ban in York Housing Authority homes

    06/13/2012 5:30:20 AM PDT · by Daveinyork · 24 replies
    York (PA) Daily Record ^ | June 13, 2012 | EMILY OPILO
    York, PA - When Blaine Bosserman was searching for an apartment, he stayed with his mother until he could find a building that allowed smoking. And when he settled upon a high rise in the 400 block of East King Street owned by York's housing authority, Bosserman, 45, made sure there were no conditions in the lease that would prevent him from lighting up inside. But a proposed ban on smoking in the York Housing Authority's 1,068 units countywide could soon force Bosserman to extinguish his cigarettes. Pending approval of the authority's board and the U.S. Department of Housing and...
  • A beating at Church and Brambleton

    05/01/2012 7:45:27 AM PDT · by Raebie · 62 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | May 1, 2012 | Michelle Washington
    Wave after wave of young men surged forward to take turns punching and kicking their victim. The victim's friend, a young woman, tried to pull him back into his car. Attackers came after her, pulling her hair, punching her head and causing a bloody scratch to the surface of her eye. She called 911. A recording told her all lines were busy. She called again. Busy. On her third try, she got through and, hysterical, could scream only their location. Church and Brambleton. Church and Brambleton. Church and Brambleton. It happened four blocks from where they work, here at The...
  • Neighborhoods of CHA relocations experienced higher crime rates

    04/05/2012 9:10:39 PM PDT · by massmike · 13 replies
    suntimes.com ^ | 04/06/2012 | FRANK MAIN
    Crime was worse in neighborhoods where former Chicago Housing Authority residents used vouchers to move into private apartments, a new study found. From 2000 to 2008, violent crime was 21 percent higher in neighborhoods with high concentrations of voucher-holding former CHA residents — when compared to similar neighborhoods without them, the Washington-based Urban Institute found. Property crime also would have been lower without relocated residents in those neighborhoods, the study said. Violent crime dropped about 26 percent across the city over the same time period, according to the Chicago Police Department. The Urban Institute attributed about 1 percent of the...
  • Wait gets longer for public housing

    07/01/2011 4:36:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 30, 2011 | Harvey Rice
    GALVESTON — More than 1,000 Galveston residents have waited nearly three years for public housing units that open for leasing today. Most of those on the list will have to keep waiting. Only 40 units will be leased immediately, and it may be a year before more are built. The Galveston Housing Authority board has dumped a previous plan and will turn over most of its functions to a private company, further delaying the reconstruction of 569 units torn down because of damage caused by Hurricane Ike in September 2008. ...."We could have put it back exactly the way it...
  • Outrage around homeless mom charged for sending son to better school

    04/25/2011 10:32:49 PM PDT · by Michael.SF. · 25 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 25, 2010 | Liz Goodwin
    Education activists are rallying around a homeless woman who may face jail time for enrolling her son in kindergarten under a friend's address. Supporters say the woman's story is yet another dismaying example of inequality in the U.S. education system. Tanya McDowell, a homeless single mother from Bridgeport, is charged with first-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny for signing up her 5-year-old son to attend nearby Norwalk schools under the address of a friend. (Her son went to the school for four months. Her friend has been evicted from public housing for letting McDowell use her address.) McDowell...
  • Last Cabrini-Green high-rise coming down today

    03/31/2011 10:11:26 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 41 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 30 Mar 2011 | Pat Curry
    A wrecking ball is marking the end of an era this morning at 1230 N. Burling St., otherwise known as Cabrini-Green. The tower there is the last of the housing project's high-rise buildings to be demolished. A Target store may be built on the site, according to published reports. And even though some row houses remain, many consider this the end of Cabrini Green, judged by history as one of the most notorious housing projects in the country. Cabrini-Green survived almost 60 years. Cabrini-Green gained a well-earned reputation for gang crime and almost daily violence. Police officers were gunned down...
  • Apartment Complex Gets Makeover, Twist [ ! your tax dollars ! ]

    02/02/2011 3:48:49 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 23 replies
    myfoxhouston.com ^ | 31 Jan 2011 | Isiah Carey
    HOUSTON - From the exterior of Kennedy Place, it looks like any other upscale apartment complex. Inside you'll find faux granite top counters, a matching refrigerator, stove, dishwasher and an alarm system. Move over to the amenities room and there are flat screens in the lounge area, computer and workout rooms. The only thing different about this apartment complex: it’s public housing . Sheila Johnson has lived at Kennedy Place for that last seven years. She remembers when it used to be a 30-year-old building with lots of crime. But after $11 million in renovations, there are three-story units with...
  • Socialism: the Aftermath (photo-essay)

    04/13/2010 9:32:14 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 30 replies · 892+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | April 13th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Notice the bush growing inside the rusty playground equipment, the skeleton of the former slide and all the trash around it. Hundreds of people look at it from their window everyday and keep complaining that they pay taxes and the city is not cleaning. Actually the city is hiring folks to clean the neighborhoods. Meet the tax-dollars at work (or more like the tax-dollars at rest). The city government is always trying to put people to work this is why they hire some uneducated folks to do public service (kind of workfare). The city bought them safety jackets and...
  • New York City Plans to Topple Public Housing Towers

    02/05/2010 11:14:09 AM PST · by NativeNewYorker · 28 replies · 888+ views
    Philadelphia tore down 21. Chicago leveled 79. Baltimore took down 21 as well, and when six of them came down in one day in 1995, it threw a parade. Since the 1990s, public housing high-rise buildings have come tumbling down by the dozens across the country as cities replaced them with smaller suburban-style homes that did not carry the stigma of looming urban despair and poverty.
  • Public-housing residents in Puerto Rico to get fixed prices on utilities [more welfare]

    01/19/2010 8:14:35 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 16 replies · 532+ views
    El Vocero de Puerto Rico (Spanish-language article) ^ | January 18, 2010 | Yennifer Álvarez Jaimes
    (English-language translation) Residents of the island's public-housing projects will be able to benefit from a fixed fee for electricity and water services thanks to a new Special Utility-Fee Justice for Public-Housing Projects Law. Governor Luis Fortuño announced that the new statute intends to prevent families who are behind in their [utility] payments from losing their housing according to a federal law that requires eviction for those who are not up to date with payments. The fixed-fee program is voluntary, and it is expected that a one-bedroom housing unit will pay $30 per month [for electricity]. In the meantime, units with...
  • Johnson Expected to Lead Senate Banking Committee

    01/07/2010 4:47:35 AM PST · by La Lydia · 16 replies · 438+ views
    American Banker ^ | January 7, 2010 | Alison Vekshin and James Rowley
    Sen. Tim Johnson is expected to take the reins of the Senate Banking Committee next year following Chairman Chris Dodd’s decision not to run for re-election, according to sources. A spokeswoman for Johnson confirmed that the South Dakota Democrat is "next in line for the position." "Now that Chairman Dodd has made his future plans known, Sen. Johnson is ready to assume the role," she said. "He is more than up to the task and has the confidence of the Majority Leader and his colleagues on the committee." Johnson is currently the No. 2 Democrat on the Banking Committee, but...
  • Glenn Beck Clips 11-06-09 Seg2 of 6 Guest John Stossel.

    11/07/2009 4:13:40 PM PST · by FromLori · 389+ views
    You Tube ^ | 11/6/09
    Good video talks about the government being the landlord on those Freddie/Fannie houses.
  • Public housing ban on guns challenged

    10/26/2009 12:01:58 PM PDT · by Still Thinking · 5 replies · 638+ views
    Fernandina Beach, FL News-Leader ^ | October 26, 2009 | Jason Yurgartis
    Based on legislation and case law, the U.S. government's attitude toward increased rights for gun owners has been more favorable in recent years than ever before.In the 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment to the Constitution protects an individual's right to possess a firearm for private use. It was the first Supreme Court case in U.S. history to directly address whether the right to keep and bear arms is a right of individuals in addition to a collective right that applies to state-regulated militias.As a result, additional pleas to increase...
  • President shifts focus to renting, not owning

    08/16/2009 7:39:36 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 61 replies · 1,518+ views
    www.boston.com ^ | August 16, 2009 | Joseph Williams
    President shifts focus to renting, not owning Using $4.25b to build affordable housing WASHINGTON - The Obama administration, in a major shift on housing policy, is abandoning George W. Bush’s vision of creating an “ownership society’’ and instead plans to pump $4.25 billion of economic stimulus money into creating tens of thousands of federally subsidized rental units in American cities. The idea is to pay for the construction of low-rise rental apartment buildings and town houses, as well as the purchase of foreclosed homes that can be refurbished and rented to low- and moderate-income families at affordable rates. Analysts say...
  • Housing Residents Must Stop Worship Services

    08/13/2009 3:02:29 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 59 replies · 1,268+ views
    http://www.wxii12.com/news ^ | 8/13/09 | PAT KIMBROUGH
    HIGH POINT -- Residents of a local public housing facility recently had to cease holding religious services there after officials told them the activities ran afoul of federal regulations. Worship services by residents of Elm Towers were in violation of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development rules, which forbid "inherently religious activities" for organizations that receive HUD funds, according to the High Point Housing Authority. Elm Towers residents had been gathering for years on Sunday mornings and sometimes Wednesday evenings for Christian worship services led by a local minister in a common room on the first floor of the...
  • Public housing moving out

    07/29/2009 5:49:48 AM PDT · by freed0misntfree · 32 replies · 888+ views
    ATLANTA The nation's bulldozer attack on crime and poverty soon will make Atlanta - home of the first public housing development - the first major city to eliminate all of its large housing projects. Cities from Boston to Los Angeles are following its lead. For more than 15 years, housing officials across the country have been razing the projects where about 1.2 million families live and replacing them with a mix of higher-rent and subsidized apartments and homes. Alexandria, La., has taken down at least 247 units. Buffalo, N.Y., has demolished about 1,000 aging homes. Atlanta expects to finish tearing...
  • California: NRA Victory in San Francisco Lawsuit!

    01/30/2009 12:52:31 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 1,220+ views
    NRA - ILA ^ | January 29, 2009 | NA
    ·11250 Waples Mill Road ·   Fairfax, Virginia 22030    ·800-392-8683   California: NRA Victory in San Francisco Lawsuit!   Thursday, January 29, 2009   PUBLIC HOUSING OFFICIALS DROP ILLEGAL BAN ON FIREARMS POSSESSION IN PUBLIC HOUSING An NRA-led coalition of self-defense civil rights groups including the Second Amendment Foundation and the California Rifle & Pistol Association (CRPA) has prevailed in a Second Amendment lawsuit challenging a ban on firearm possession in San Francisco public housing residences. “This success is further vindication of the U.S. Supreme Court's Heller ruling upholding the Second Amendment as protecting a fundamental, individual civil right for all law-abiding...
  • NEWS: NRA Gets San Francisco to Drop Ban on Guns in Public Housing

    01/30/2009 9:49:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies · 533+ views
    National Rifle Association ^ | 29 January, 2009 | National Rifle Association
    An NRA-led coalition of self-defense civil rights groups including the Second Amendment Foundation and the California Rifle & Pistol Association (CRPA) has prevailed in a Second Amendment lawsuit challenging a ban on firearm possession in San Francisco public housing residences. “This success is further vindication of the U.S. Supreme Court's Heller ruling upholding the Second Amendment as protecting a fundamental, individual civil right for all law-abiding Americans,” said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox. The San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) and the property management company that oversees San Francisco’s public housing projects have agreed to completely remove a lease provision...
  • Anger rules the mean streets that set Barack Obama on road to power

    01/15/2009 9:52:11 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 20 replies · 1,063+ views
    The Times ^ | 1/16/2008 | Tom Baldwin in Chicago
    On the far south side of Chicago, separated by more than 20 miles and a vast chasm in wealth from the city's soaring skyline, is a collection of squat brick buildings where Barack Obama says he found his calling. The President-elect has said that he learnt more from the locals when working in the Chicago projects than they learnt from him. Those who remember him say that he made little impact The Altgeld Gardens public housing project reeks of decay, fear and despair. At the only shop serving its 2,000 homes, water pours in from the roof on to sodden...
  • AP: Obama’s aunt living in U.S. illegally (FReep this Digg!!!)

    10/31/2008 11:15:42 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 42 replies · 1,203+ views
    Digg ^ | October 31, 2008
    FReep this Digg! Post as many links exposing ObamaNation on Digg as possible between now and election! FLOOD THE PLACE WITH ARTICLES AND VIDEOS EXPOSING OBAMANATION! It’s all about VOLUME!!! To find Digg links on FR, simply typing "Digg" into FR's keyword search box. To make sure they can be found, type Digg into keyword section of any "FReep this Digg" post. Also remember, if you have time, saturate Digg with conservative articles/videos exposing the ObamaNation! --------- CONFUSED? What do I mean by "Digg to the top"? Click on the article link that leads to Digg. Once there, hit the...
  • Public housing's island (Obama's proving grounds)

    10/13/2008 9:38:43 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 1 replies · 284+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10 Oct 08 | Jason Grotto, Laurie Cohen and Sara Olkon
    For all the talk of weaving public housing residents into the fabric of the city, the Chicago Housing Authority's ambitious Plan for Transformation includes this inconvenient fact: When the plan is complete, nearly 1 of every 10 of those families will live more than 100 blocks south of the Loop, tucked amid landfills, industrial parks and a sewage treatment plant. Mayor Richard Daley declared eight years ago that Chicago would end "the failed policies of the past." Yet a Tribune investigation found that the city has pumped hundreds of millions of federal tax dollars into housing complexes that preserve the...
  • Obama's Record - Low Income Housing

    08/24/2008 11:08:59 AM PDT · by syriacus · 5 replies · 58+ views
    YouTube ^ | August 05, 2008 | KarlUshanka
    Grove Parc and several other prominent failures were developed and managed by Obama's close friends and political supporte
  • Boy crushed by gate his first time out alone (Illinois)

    06/29/2008 6:56:17 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 43 replies · 164+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 29, 2008 | Cheryl V. Jackson
    CABRINI-GREEN | Mom watches as gate crushes 3-year-old son At 3 years old, Curtis Cooper thought himself invincible. He'd fashion a towel into a cape, and called himself Super Curtis. But mom Pamela Cooper knew he wasn't invincible. So despite her family ribbing her about being overprotective, she never let the boy play outside without her. Until Friday, when she let her son ride his tricycle outside his Cabrini-Green row home alone, she said. As the 22-year-old mother watched from a window, a gate weighing hundreds of pounds broke from its hinge, fell atop the boy and killed him, Cooper's...
  • The Boston Globe Reveals the Catastrophic Failures of Obama's Housing Efforts

    06/28/2008 8:01:38 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 10 replies · 154+ views
    NRO ^ | Friday, June 27, 2008 | Jim Geraghty
    I don’t begrudge Barack Obama the modesty of his accomplishments as a community organizer. Stemming the tide of urban decay in Chicago’s worst neighborhoods in the late 1980s was beyond even the most tireless efforts of one man. “Sisyphean” is the term that keeps coming to mind, but I would note that what Obama actually accomplished – “a successful effort to convince the city of Chicago to locate a jobs placement office on the far South Side and his part in a drive to push the city to clean asbestos out of a housing project in the same area [Altgeld...
  • NRA sues to overturn San Francisco gun ban in city housing

    06/27/2008 9:17:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 51 replies · 169+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 6/27/08 | Howard Mintz
    <p>The National Rifle Association today filed a lawsuit challenging San Francisco's ban on handguns in public housing, trying to capitalize on the U.S. Supreme Court's historic ruling finding a constitutional right to own guns for self-defense in the home.</p> <p>In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, lawyers for gun rights advocates are asking a federal judge to invalidate San Francisco's handgun law based on the Supreme Court's decision striking down a broader Washington, D.C. law forbidding residents to own handguns.</p>
  • Obama's Real Record: Public Housing

    06/27/2008 3:42:33 PM PDT · by Signalman · 14 replies · 289+ views
    Red State ^ | 2008 | Kevin Holtsberry
    Need proof that Obama's Hope and Change rhetoric is all symbolism and no substance? Look no farther than this devastating Boston Globe investigation: As a state senator, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee coauthored an Illinois law creating a new pool of tax credits for developers. As a US senator, he pressed for increased federal subsidies. And as a presidential candidate, he has campaigned on a promise to create an Affordable Housing Trust Fund that could give developers an estimated $500 million a year. But a Globe review found that thousands of apartments across Chicago that had been built with local,...
  • Subdivision isn't happy about new Habitat neighbors

    03/06/2008 9:11:32 AM PST · by urtax$@work · 19 replies · 292+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 3, 2008, 11:08PM | BILL MURPHY
    Pleasantries have given way to earnest conversations among retired accountants, senior salespeople, company executives and others about what many perceive as the Habitat problem. A chapter of Habitat for Humanity wants to build a 90-home development of modest residences at one of the primary entrances to Greenwood Forest, whose homes range from 2,000 to 5,000 square feet.
  • UN Experts Criticize New Orleans Housing

    03/03/2008 9:09:35 PM PST · by BnBlFlag · 28 replies · 131+ views
    AP ^ | 2/28/08 | Bradley S. Klapper
    GENEVA (AP) — Two human rights experts for the United Nations on Thursday criticized a plan by New Orleans authorities to raze public housing projects, saying it will force the predominantly black residents into homelessness. They charged that demolition would harm thousands of people by denying them a place to live in a city where housing already is scarce since Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005. The joint statement was not a U.N. finding, but only the individual views of Miloon Kothari, a special investigator on housing matters for the U.N. Human Rights Council, and Gay McDougall, a lawyer who...
  • In Wake of Paris Riots, Public Housing Authorities Build More, Better Projects

    01/25/2007 4:11:47 PM PST · by Robert357 · 19 replies · 724+ views
    Architectural Record ^ | Jan 25, 2007 | Sam Lubell
    If last year’s riots Paris riots were horrific, they weren’t surprising. The banlieue, suburbs like St. Denis, Poissy, and Clichy-sous-Bois, are pockets of concentrated immigrant poverty and faceless, block-style building long regarded as tinderboxes for trouble. Paris has begun building more affordable housing within its borders to reduce social isolation of those outside. Besides offering public-housing tenants an alternative to the banlieue, the move addresses the city’s own growing squatter population, which suffered from a slew of fires in the city’s outer rings at the end of the summer. While approximately eight in 10 lodgings in some peripheral neighborhoods are...
  • All Fall Down

    11/21/2006 3:40:44 PM PST · by Lorianne · 16 replies · 845+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 19, 2006 | Nicolai Ouroussoff
    The ravaged neighborhoods of New Orleans make a grim backdrop for imagining the future of American cities. But despite its criminally slow pace, the rebuilding of this city is emerging as one of the most aggressive works of social engineering in America since the postwar boom of the 1950s. And architecture and urban planning have become critical tools in shaping that new order. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development’s plan to demolish four of the city’s biggest low-income housing developments at a time when the city still cannot shelter the majority...
  • Last Days for Largest Housing Project

    10/07/2006 2:22:34 PM PDT · by Temple Drake · 16 replies · 1,027+ views
    AP newswire ^ | October 7 2006 | Sharon Cohen
    CHICAGO (AP) - The menacing row of concrete towers where four of Katie Sistrunk's children were shot is almost all gone now, replaced by weeds and fields, mud and memories. The cage-like balconies that looked like prison tiers to Beauty Turner have all but disappeared. The gangs that peddled crack to Krystal McCraney Moore have found new places to haunt. One hollow-eyed lookout still paces at the entrance of the last high-rise, watching for police so he can alert drug dealers who lurk in the graffiti-scarred, darkened stairwells. This is the end of the Robert Taylor Homes, the final days...
  • A Little Social Experiment - On a London street, “social” housing encourages antisocial egotism.

    08/12/2006 10:49:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 1,061+ views
    City Journal ^ | 10 August 2006 | Theodore Dalrymple
    On a London street, “social” housing encourages antisocial egotism. An interesting experiment took place on the London street where I have an apartment. A few years ago, the borough council permitted a developer to build six apartment complexes across from my building, on the condition that he reserve three of them for “social”—what Americans would call public—housing. The architecture of the buildings, while deeply undistinguished, is far from the worst of the genre and certainly does not suffer from the gigantism that was once the vogue. The street remains leafy, and edges on a fashionable area. A two-bedroom apartment in...
  • Homeless Alcoholics Receive a Permanent Place to Live, and Drink ( Taxpayers housing Drunks )

    07/05/2006 9:06:59 AM PDT · by george76 · 91 replies · 2,626+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 5, 2006 | JESSICA KOWAL
    Rodney Littlebear was a homeless drunk who for 15 years ran up the public tab with trips to jail, homeless shelters and emergency rooms. He now has a brand-new, government-financed apartment where he can drink as much as he wants. It is part of a first-in-the-nation experiment to ease the torment of drug and alcohol addiction while saving taxpayers' money. Last year, King County created a list of 200 "chronic public inebriates" in the Seattle region who had cost the most to round up and care for. Seventy-five were offered permanent homes in a new apartment building known by its...
  • U.S. judge is asked to order housing for poor in suburbs

    03/21/2006 3:38:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 70 replies · 1,526+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | March 21, 2006 | Eric Siegel
    Lawyers for Baltimore public housing residents are asking a federal judge to order the creation of 3,000 new low-income housing units and an additional 3,750 housing vouchers, mostly in well-off suburban neighborhoods with good schools and access to jobs. The request comes 14 months after the judge found that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development violated fair housing laws by failing to take a regional approach to the desegregation of city public housing. It asks the federal agency to provide tenants with 675 new "housing opportunities a year over the next decade to reduce the effects of decades...
  • Semi-News: Fort Lauderdale to Provide Public Housing for Families Making $70,000 a Year

    03/07/2006 7:58:29 AM PST · by John Semmens · 9 replies · 237+ views
    azconservative ^ | 2 March 2006 | John Semmens
    Fort Lauderdale residents making up to $69,720 a year will soon be eligible for housing welfare. City commissioners agreed to pursue a variety of housing measures that would expand subsidy programs to the middle class and would make Fort Lauderdale the first city in Broward County to enact affordability laws. Commissioner Carlton Moore said that the move was necessitated by the declining numbers of poor people in the city. “The economy is growing so fast that the poor are disappearing,” said Moore. “The housing subsidy program would’ve died for lack of eligible participants. We’d have to had laid off hundreds...
  • Black in a Sea of White

    03/05/2006 6:14:17 PM PST · by PLK · 15 replies · 811+ views
    March 5, 2006 | Mike Kilen - Register Staff Writer
    "After a wave of inner-city Chicago families moved to Charles City in search of safer surroundings, better schools and faster access to public housing, residents old and new are adjusting to life with one another."This is an excerpt from an article published in a prominent Iowa newspaper today. A small town in northern Iowa has experienced an influx of inner-city Chicago people who have turned up to take advantage of the town's easy and cheap public housing. Go to http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060305/NEWS08/603050340/1001/archive to read article.
  • Nagin Not Negative Enough, Couric Dreams of More Big Government

    02/28/2006 4:51:47 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 44 replies · 1,402+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein February 28, 2006 Didn't someone get the word to Ray Nagin? Didn't His Honor know he was supposed to use his Mardi Gras appearance on the Today show to bemoan slow progress in the rebuilding of New Orleans and take some helpful shots at the Bush administration for its stinginess in allocating only $91 billion? If Nagin wasn't playing by the Bush-bashing script, Katie Couric was there to fill the gaps and use the opportunity to plump for more government programs and an expansion of perhaps the worst idea ever in welfare - 'public housing.' Katie opened...
  • Damaged housing projects to be rebuilt as mixed use, mixed income

    11/03/2005 2:47:11 PM PST · by caryatid · 35 replies · 553+ views
    Associated Press (AP) ^ | Wednesday, November 2, 2005
    Housing projects destroyed by Hurricane Katrina will be rebuilt as mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhoods, with $1.8 billion planned to begin work in Louisiana and Mississippi, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson said Wednesday. "Within the next two weeks, we will begin to see results," he said, without giving details. The $1.8 billion is part of President Bush's request for $17.1 billion for long-term recovery along the Gulf of Mexico. "It will be the first of many" allocations, Jackson told reporters after meeting with four City Council members whose districts include housing projects. He said the type of redevelopment was...