Housing Affairs Letter

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New York City is stepping up its battle with short-term rental site Airbnb with a subpoena for about 20,000 apartment listings at the center of the legal skirmish. City officials are fighting to prevent decimation of its housing supply. The largely vacation rental website of mom and pop l

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With micro-housing now in vogue across the country as one solution to the national affordable housing crisis, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) seizes on the idea to enhance his pledge to build or preserve 300,000 affordable homes by 2026. Consequently, the city’s Department of

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New Jersey Gov. Philip Murphy (D) nixes a bill that would have added an additional safety net for thousands of homeless people or those at risk of homelessness. Murphy killed the concept because lawmakers failed to attach what he considered a proper fiscal estimate of where the

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California’s new governor, Gavin Newsom (D), borrows a page from HUD’s fair housing enforcement strategy by threatening cities that refuse to build low-income housing with state fund sharing cuts. Newsom’s threat of an economic cudgel is part of a massive affordable

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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh (D) wants to raise money for low-income housing construction by requiring developers to pay more money for the privilege of building office space and hotels in the city. Walsh intends to ask state lawmakers for more flexibility on linkage rules which require

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) says the city will devise a plan to expand the Third Party Transfer program used to foreclose on property owners delinquent on tax and utility payments. De Blasio rattled the city’s landlords in his state of the city address when he vowed to take

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Leaders in Sonoma County, CA are coming to terms with the growing homelessness problem plaguing the north California region in the state’s wine country. Proposals on how to spend $9.3 million on homeless shelters will be accepted by the Sonoma County Community

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) signs legislation regulating short-term renal housing. The state joins major cities such as Los Angeles, New York and its own capital city Boston in regulating short-term vacation rentals that have put a big dent in business at established hotels

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New York state and city power centers are jockeying to prevent HUD from taking over the embattled New York City Housing Authority and its management of more than 400,000 tenants in 326 housing projects. HUD officials tell HAL after a Dec. 19-20 meeting in New York City that

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Scrambling to avert a HUD takeover of the mammoth New York City Housing Authority, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) assembles a plan he hopes a federal judge will find acceptable. De Blasio’s latest plan, which is hazy on financing to meet its $24 billion goal, followed closely on

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