Housing Affairs Letter

Affordable Housing

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Section 8 Bill Tied To Opportunity Zones

A bipartisan group of senators proposed legislation that would bolster the Trump administration’s Opportunity Zone initiative by increasing Section 8 housing voucher values and mobility for poor families to compete for more expensive housing.

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California Readies New Housing Push

Fresh on the heels of one of California’s most intensive and exhaustive campaigns for affordable housing, state lawmakers prepare to piggyback on their 2017 success and remedy the year’s failures with an avalanche of new legislation.

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Minneapolis Mulls Radical Housing Plan

Dissatisfied with the pace of affordable housing development in a city with growing minority and refugee populations, the Minneapolis, MN City Council, prodded by Progressive Mayor Jacob Frey, is expected to approve a massive overhaul of the city’s strategy to provide low-income

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Housing Tax Credit Fraud Risk Warning

A new report from government watchdog Government Accountability Office warns a shakeup of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program is necessary to rein in its vulnerability to fraud.

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Backyard Cottages Close Housing Gap

A study by a northwest think tank rolls out a plan that could be at least a partial solution to the nation’s growing affordable housing shortage -- backyard cottages.

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New Jersey Shifts Housing Money To Suburbs

For four decades, New Jersey has been embroiled in a feud between its suburban communities, state government and the state’s courts over the fate of its low-income housing production and supply.

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California Tackles Housing Head-On

Faced with an acute housing shortage, particularly affordable and low-income housing, and a dramatic rise in homelessness, California lawmakers send Gov. Jerry Brown (D) a package of bills designed to help ease the housing crunch.

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California Eyes Local Zoning Control

California lawmakers, fearful that the federal government’s new fair housing guidelines will be neutered by the Trump administration, move to exert state control over local zoning if municipalities fail to apply inclusionary zoning to advance low-income housing construction.

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Housing Trust Gets New Funding

In what could be a final round of funding from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for National Housing Trust Fund projects, HUD allocates $219 million to states for construction of housing for the nation’s poorest families.

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Move To Thwart Low-Income Housing

A Republican-led effort to stop affordable-housing mandates is gaining momentum. The initiative stems from a 2015 New Jersey Supreme Court ruling requiring 565 municipalities to build thousands of low-income housing units.

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