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huntington looks to tighten affordable housing laws downtown


the huntington town board is suggesting sweeping changes to its affordable housing code to increase the number of lower-cost new rentals downtown and assist young, first-time home buyers.under the current regulations, the only time town officials can require a developer to include affordable units in a housing project is when they request a zoning change, town board member tracey edwards said. with surveys indicating young people want to live in the downtown area, town officials noticed they were missing an opportunity to create affordable housing and needed to update language in the town code to require it.most popular“what our affordable housing code missed is that most of these apartments are being created in the village, but aren’t affordable,” edwards said. “these changes provide an o






city, midpen to partner on more affordable housing


menlo park is set to begin a fresh push to increase the city’s affordable housing stock, according to a city housing official.the city’s below-market fund contains $12.3 million from  developer fees, according to housing and economic development manager jim cogan. with recommendations earlier this month from the housing commission to add $857,041 to the fund, the total amount could exceed $13 million in the coming months.cogan said staff would soon solicit bids to award roughly $7 million for possible affordable projects. he said the city prefers to work with the developer on getting the units built before collecting the money.“the challenge is that the money doesn’t come in right away and … we actually encourage developers to partner with people building affordable housing,” cogan said. “






huntington looks to tighten affordable housing laws downtown


advertisement | advertise on newsdaythe huntington town board is suggesting sweeping changes to its affordable housing code to increase the number of lower-cost new rentals in the downtown area, seen here on feb. 8, 2017, and assist young, first-time home buyers. (credit: johnny milano) the huntington town board is suggesting sweeping changes to its affordable housing code to increase the number of lower-cost new rentals downtown and assist young, first-time home buyers.under the current regulations, the only time town officials can require a developer to include affordable units in a housing project is when they request a zoning change, town board member tracey edwards...






when construction costs are higher than the maximum sales price, affordable hous


a proposed 24-unit mixed-income townhome development in five points is a drop in the bucket when it comes to addressing denver’s affordable housing shortfall. but the project illuminates a very real challenge of building for-sale housing within reach of those who make less than area median income.tremont place townhomes will feature 16 market-rate units and eight affordable units in a row home-style development at 22nd street and tremont place. the market-rate units will start in the mid-$500,000s, while the income-restricted units must be affordable to households earning no more than 80 percent area median income or ami.in denver, that is $64,100 for a family of four, meaning the three-bedroom units can sell for no more than $248,959, according to u.s. department of housing and urban deve






southold’s supervisor looks ahead for his goals for the town


southold town supervisor scott russell wants to create new affordable housing units in commercial areas, establish a youth court for minor crimes and keep environmental protection one of the town’s top priorities.in his annual state of the town address on thursday, russell said he plans to propose legislation that would allow buildings in commercial zones to be turned into affordable housing units. most popular“that’s where we want vibrancy,” russell said of commercial zones. “we want walkable communities.”like many east end towns, southold faces a shortage of affordable housing, causing “people who are critical to this town” to leave, russell told about 20 people at town hall.last year, russell called for the town to create 50 new affordable housing units over the next three years. the to






homelessness property tax: ‘unintended consequences’


mayor ed murray’s plan for another tax increase to solve seattle’s affordable-housing and homeless issues will have some unintended consequences.i am a second-generation owner of a rental-housing business that has been offering 10 modest but well-maintained affordable apartments in seattle for the past 55 years. in the face of steadily increasing property taxes and renter-focused regulations, we have worked hard to keep rents within reach of our tenants because in the rental-housing business, occupancy is better than vacancy.it has come to the point where my tenants can no longer afford the tax- and regulation-related increases in their monthly rents that are necessary for me to stay in business. i’ve started to consider some of the steady stream of offers from developers who want to repla






developers of affordable housing in california are on pins and needles over trum


over two years, developer geoffrey morgan lined up investors, partnered with a medical clinic and found a manufacturer in idaho to build 135 apartments for formerly homeless residents near downtown san jose.everything was on track for the project to break ground by the end of last year. then election day happened.“i got trumped,” morgan said.president trump’s election has thrown a wrench into low-income housing development across the country, especially in california. his promise to cut business tax rates has large banks and other investors backing away from a tax credit program that reduces what companies owe in taxes in exchange for investing in low-income housing projects. after election day, affordable housing projects across the state immediately saw multimillion-dollar budget gaps an






developers of affordable housing in california are on pins and needles over trum


over two years, developer geoffrey morgan lined up investors, partnered with a medical clinic and found a manufacturer in idaho to build 135 apartments for formerly homeless residents near downtown san jose.everything was on track for the project to break ground by the end of last year. then election day happened.“i got trumped,” morgan said.president trump’s election has thrown a wrench into low-income housing development across the country, especially in california. his promise to cut business tax rates has large banks and other investors backing away from a tax credit program that reduces what companies owe in taxes in exchange for investing in low-income housing projects.after election day, affordable housing projects across the state immediately saw multimillion-dollar budget gaps and






affordable housing problems aren’t just where you think


beyond seattle's skyrocketing housing prices, an affordability problem looms larger for millions of families nationwide. this is the rental prices that the lowest income encounter — and they're brutal.the worst metro for an extremely low-income household to find a place to rent is…las vegas.this is the conclusion of a new report from the national low income housing coalition. behind vegas are la, houston, orlando and san diego. housing-abundant phoenix makes the top 10. metro seattle doesn’t. perhaps counterintuitively, boston does best among metros.here are some numbers: las vegas had 12 affordable units per 100 extremely low-income households. seattle-tacoma-bellevue had 29 and portland 27. all were below the national average.among states, nevada (15 units), california, arizona, colorado






need affordable housing? here’s how 3 people help make it happen


like me, you might find inspiration in some of the stories shared tuesday at the annual celebration of the housing development consortium, an umbrella group of nearly 140 governments, nonprofits and businesses.heroin addiction drove brandon getz to seattle. job pangilinan came looking for a more secure and meaningful life. megan espinoza wanted to use the skills she’d acquired working in uganda. they all found what they needed here, helping people get and keep a roof over their heads. whatever cause you embrace, or trial you are dealing with, you might find inspiration in the three very different stories they told tuesday at the annual celebration of the housing development consortium, an umbrella group of nearly 140 governments, nonprofits and businesses that play a role in king county ho






measure s is a formula for unaffordable housing


housing in los angeles is unaffordable, and there isn’t enough of it. yet a severely misguided ballot proposition, measure s, threatens to put affordable housing out of reach for more angelenos. in short, it would exacerbate the imbalance between supply and demand.measure s is based on a false premise: if you don’t build it, they won’t come. but new residents are coming. for each year since 1990, l.a.’s population has grown, on average, 19.6% faster than its housing supply, according to the census bureau’s american community survey.working families already are suffering from decades of underbuilding. from 1980 to 2010, los angeles county built about one-third of the housing units needed to meet population demand. as a result, the rental vacancy rate is now under 3%, the fourth-lowest in th






sunnyvale continues work on making two affordable housing projects a reality – t


the sunnyvale city council unanimously voted feb. 28 to inch closer toward bringing two affordable housing projects to the city, though one of the proposals was met with intense resistance from residents.the council voted to enter into an exclusive negotiating agreement with related companies of california for the development of a housing project for low-income and developmentally disabled renters. the project would be built between charles street, iowa avenue and mathilda avenue near the city’s downtown and civic center. the 1.4-acre parcel would remain under the city’s ownership.related companies of california’s proposal calls for 92 units that will range in size from studios to three-bedroom units. of those, 23 would be reserved for developmentally disabled tenants, 45 for very low-inco






in chinatown, voters debate growth, affordable housing and l.a.'s future


in chinatown, where residents and business leaders have clashed over large housing projects like blossom plaza and the jia apartments housing complex, opinions on measure s varied. some business owners have welcomed the wave of development and new restaurants to hit chinatown because it brings foot traffic and spending dollars to the area. but many residents have decried the new businesses and development, saying they are not built with low-income residents in mind. eang thai ngou, a mute resident of chinatown, wrote down his feelings. "i am poor. yes on s." theo henderson, 43, agreed. for him, the most important issue is the city's treatment of the homeless. he lives around chinatown and says homeless people are treated more like a public nuisance than human beings. business improvement d






steamboat residents line up at 3 a.m. for chance to get affordable housing – the


steamboat springs — hilda loya didn’t want to leave securing her future home up to chance.the housekeeper, who has lived in steamboat for 12 years, arrived at 3 a.m. monday to get in line at library hall with her application for the reserves, a new 48-unit affordable housing complex expected to open in the spring.loya was first in line, but was soon joined by other prospective tenants, who arrived at 4 a.m., 5 a.m. and later, hoping to live in the apartment complex, which is a project of the yampa valley housing authority located near the intersection of u.s. highway 40 and elk river road in west steamboat. by 10:30 a.m., about 80 people were waiting in line to turn in their applications, which were being accepted beginning at 11 a.m.retired teacher kathleen o’keefe, who said she’s lived w






incumbent gil cedillo faces a challenge in contest for his l.a. city council sea


real estate interests, including developers who are building market-rate housing and decreasing affordability in the district, have been a significant source of the $356,000 that cedillo has raised for his campaign.the incumbent says that while he has welcomed development because of the city’s housing crunch, he also has fought for tenants’ rights and affordable housing. in a letter to the times, he said that since 2013, the city has completed 809 affordable housing units and an additional 485 are under construction.during candidate forums, however, a vocal contingent has been skeptical when cedillo defended his record. a senior citizen facing eviction turned her back to him as he spoke at a gathering in lincoln park.a video of cedillo answering a phone call on the stage in the middle of t






ambitious proposals to accelerate san diego housing construction get mixed revie


neighborhood leaders in san diego are giving mixed reviews to city councilman scott sherman’s ambitious set of proposals to sharply increase the amount of housing in the city at prices affordable to middle and low-income workers.in a joint meeting at city hall last week, leaders of the city’s community planning groups praised proposals to reduce fees housing developers pay to build nearby parks, incentivize developers to build smaller units instead of larger ones, and accelerate redevelopment of huffman-style apartment buildings.the leaders also expressed measured support for easing regulations on granny flats, softening parking requirements and allowing developers to build more intense projects if they contribute to the city’s fund to construct subsidized housing.they criticized, however,






ambitious proposals to accelerate san diego housing construction get mixed revie


neighborhood leaders in san diego are giving mixed reviews to city councilman scott sherman’s ambitious set of proposals to sharply increase the amount of housing in the city at prices affordable to middle and low-income workers.in a joint meeting at city hall last week, leaders of the city’s community planning groups praised proposals to reduce fees housing developers pay to build nearby parks, incentivize developers to build smaller units instead of larger ones, and accelerate redevelopment of huffman-style apartment buildings.the leaders also expressed measured support for easing regulations on granny flats, softening parking requirements and allowing developers to build more intense projects if they contribute to the city’s fund to construct subsidized housing.they criticized, however,






so many yes on s mailers, so much misinformation


with election day one week away, voters in los angeles are being bombarded with mailers, calls and social media messages about measure s, a slow-growth, anti-development ballot measure. political campaigns are often an exercise in exaggeration, but the yes on s side has crossed the line from run-of-the-mill overstatement to out-and-out falsehood. here are some doozies.one deceptive mailer says yes on s will “house our vets.” but measure s does nothing to help homeless veterans.  in fact, “s” would make it harder to build housing for homeless vets because it would impose a two-year moratorium on real estate projects that require a zone change, a height increase or an amendment of the city’s general plan — all fairly common requests in a city with terribly outdated planning rules.  for insta






want to build a new house on the north side? minneapolis can help with that


want to build a new house in minneapolis? choose a vacant lot on the north side, and the city will help make it happen.the city council approved a pilot program friday that will offer incentives for building new homes in north minneapolis and help low-income buyers purchase houses built on vacant lots. the program aims to produce needed affordable housing and start filling the nearly 400 city-owned vacant residential lots."the idea is really to develop on every single one of them," said council member blong yang, who represents the north side's fifth ward and started working on the program about a year ago.there are different ways to participate in the program, with various incentives.developers building new housing on city-owned vacant lots in north minneapolis can receive up to $75,000 i






want to build a new house on the north side? minneapolis can help with that


want to build a new house in minneapolis? choose a vacant lot on the north side, and the city will help make it happen.the city council approved a pilot program friday that will offer incentives for building new homes in north minneapolis and help low-income buyers purchase houses built on vacant lots. the program aims to produce needed affordable housing and start filling the nearly 400 city-owned vacant residential lots.“the idea is really to develop on every single one of them,” said council member blong yang, who represents the north side’s fifth ward and started working on the program about a year ago.there are different ways to participate in the program, with various incentives.developers building new housing on city-owned vacant lots in north minneapolis can receive up to $75,000 i






affordable rent measures promised in housing white paper


media captionhousing minister gavin barwell tells andrew neil the government’s record on building affordable homes is "embarr ing"the government is promising a new emphasis on people who rent their homes when it unveils its housing strategy this week.housing minister gavin barwell said there would be minimum tenancies and more homes built for rent in a "change of tone" from previous tory policy.he said the government had not given up making home ownership available to all.labour said ministers "do next to nothing" to help those renting from private landlords.speaking on the 's sunday politics, mr barwell said the government had to have "something to say" to renters who were facing unaffordable costs.mr barwell said a package of measures would be in the white paper due to be published on tu






prevailing wage bill will worsen housing crisis


california is experiencing a housing supply and affordability crisis with social and economic consequences for communities across the state. hard working families are feeling the pain as they are forced to go to extraordinary lengths to keep a roof over their head.that is why it is so hard to understand why assemblyman kansen chu (d-san jose) would believe that now is the time to inflate the cost of housing by as much as 37 percent. this is precisely what assembly bill 199 would do.ab 199 mandates the payment of prevailing wages on new privately constructed residential housing. this will translate into crippling construction costs that will drive rental and housing prices even higher.prevailing wage mandates from the california legislature have long been a goal of powerful construction uni






los angeles needs housing, yes, but not right next to its freeways


the los angeles region faces two conflicting problems. we know from landmark research conducted right here in southern california that people living next to freeways are exposed to dangerously high levels of pollution that can put them at greater risk of asthma, heart disease, preterm births, reduced lung function in children and premature death.yet the region also has a severe housing shortage that has caused rents and home prices to spike. with fewer empty plots on which to build, developers are increasingly putting homes on lots right next to freeways. a times analysis found that the city of los angeles approved 4,300 new homes near freeways in 2015 — more than in any year during the last decade. and it’s not just l.a.; the report highlighted several projects approved in other cities de






low-income housing developers scramble for financing amid uncertainty about tax


financing for low-income housing across minnesota has dried up in recent months, leaving developers scrambling to fill gaps or choosing to delay construction.a 54-unit development in ramsey came up $1.1 million short. a 56-unit development in apple valley found itself $400,000 short. a 70-unit development in minneapolis’ prospect park neighborhood is $1.3 million short.market watchers and low-income housing advocates attribute the pinch to the election of president donald trump and his promise to slash the corporate tax rate. although the president’s tax plan has not been sharply defined, the uncertainty surrounding corporate tax liabilities is depressing the market for low-income housing tax credits, they said.“it is disrupting a market that was really working well,” said warren hanson, p






palo alto relaxes rules to spur building of accessory dwelling units


palo alto council members hope some zoning changes they approved tuesday will encourage construction of smaller housing units on single-family lots.supporters of relaxing the city’s rules say it will now be easier to build accessory dwellings, or “granny units,” to bring in some extra income or house aging family members, recent college graduates, caregivers or couples who want to live close to in-laws.“there is no question that the biggest question in this community was about housing,” vice mayor liz kniss said about the last general election. “it was the clearest clarion yell that came out of that particular race that i heard… tonight we can actually deliver on a promise.”property owners can build one accessory dwelling unit, or junior accessory dwelling unit, ranging from 450 to 900 squ






affordable rent measures promised in housing white paper


image copyrightgetty imagesthe government is promising a new emphasis on people who rent their homes when it unveils its housing strategy this week.housing minister gavin barwell said the white paper would offer security through minimum tenancies and increase the number of homes built for rent.he said the government had not given up making home ownership available to all.but he added that ministers also had to have "something to say" to renters who were facing unaffordable costs.ministers have previously announced letting agents in england will be banned from charging fees to tenants.speaking on the 's sunday politics, mr barwell said a package of measures would be in the white paper due to be published on tuesday.these will aim to encourage more investment in building homes for affordable






affordable rent measures promised in housing white paper


image copyrightgetty imagesthe government is promising a new emphasis on people who rent their homes when it unveils its housing strategy this week.housing minister gavin barwell said there would be minimum tenancies and more homes built for rent in a "change of tone" from previous tory policy.he said the government had not given up making home ownership available to all.but he added that ministers also had to have "something to say" to renters who were facing unaffordable costs.ministers have previously announced letting agents in england will be banned from charging fees to tenants.speaking on the 's sunday politics, mr barwell said a package of measures would be in the white paper due to be published on tuesday.these will aim to encourage more investment in building homes for affordable






taller buildings proposed for more of seattle in exchange for affordable housing


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l.a. voters have spoken loudly and clearly: they want more housing, more afforda


in the lead-up to tuesday’s election, there was a lot of hand-wringing over l.a.’s identity and whether voters would cling to the city’s suburban past or charge into a more urban future. turns out, los angeles voters really do want a city of mass transit, taller buildings and affordable apartment housing.they overwhelmingly rejected measure s, a slow-growth, anti-development ballot measure that would have imposed a two-year moratorium on building projects that required zone changes and other exemptions from existing, albeit outdated, land-use rules. proponents of measure s took aim at high-rises in hollywood and dense apartment complexes in west los angeles — projects that opponents said were smart examples of concentrating growth next to transit lines.voters also reelected mayor eric garc






denver council approves tax financing plans for 225 affordable apartments near s


tax-financing plans approved this week by the denver city council will make way for the development of 225 units of affordable housing in the sloans redevelopment on the former st. anthony hospital campus.plans call for the final two blocks of the campus, along its eastern side, to provide 49 income-restricted units of workforce housing in the historic kuhlman building and 176 senior housing units in a new development along west colfax avenue.the council voted 13-0 on monday night to approve several measures related to tax-increment financing plans that involve the denver urban renewal authority and private developers.“affordable housing, affordable housing, affordable housing,” councilman paul kashmann said before one vote. “thank you for what you’re doing.”block 3, between quitman and pe






senate confirms ben carson as housing secretary


the senate has confirmed retired neurosurgeon and former republican presidential candidate ben carson as secretary of housing and urban development. the vote was 58-41. carson will lead an agency with about 8,300 employees and a budget of about $47 billion. carson has no government or housing policy experience. despite that, his nomination cleared a senate committee in january on a unanimous vote. republicans praised his life story as inspiring. carson grew up in inner-city detroit with a single mother who had a third-grade education. democrats welcomed carson's promises to address homelessness, lead hazards in housing, and other issues. hud oversees billions of dollars in housing assistance to low-income people. it also enforces fair housing laws and offers mortgage insurance to poorer am






new homes 'unaffordable for eight out of 10 locally'


image copyrightistockimage caption shelter pointed to georgian building in bath as an example of the way forward nearly eight out of 10 families across england are unable to afford newly built homes in their local area, a report by housing charity shelter says.its research shows rising house prices hitting all parts of the country, not just london and the south-east.a new style of building, modelled on that of victorian philanthropists, is urged, where short-term profits are replaced by long-term community gains.ministers agree the system is broken and want to make housing affordable.the government is investing £50bn by 2021 in housing loans and subsidies, but more than half of this is being earmarked for "market-priced" housing.to arrive at the figures on regional housing affordability, s






new homes 'unaffordable for eight out of 10 locally'


image copyrightistockimage caption shelter pointed to georgian building in bath as an example of the way forward nearly eight out of 10 families across england are unable to afford newly built homes in their local area, a report by housing charity shelter says.its research shows rising house prices hitting all parts of the country, not just london and the south-east.a new style of building, modelled on that of victorian philanthropists, is urged, where short-term profits are replaced by long-term community gains.ministers agree the system is broken and want to make housing affordable.the government is investing £50bn by 2021 in housing loans and subsidies, but more than half of this is being earmarked for "market-priced" housing.to arrive at the figures on regional housing affordability, s






the latest: carson wins confirmation as housing secretary


washington — the latest on president donald trump's cabinet nominations (all times local):10:40 a.m.the senate has confirmed retired neurosurgeon and former republican presidential candidate ben carson as housing secretary.the vote was 58-41.carson will lead an agency of some 8,300 employees and a budget of about $47 billion.carson has no government or housing policy experience. despite that, his nomination cleared a senate committee in january on a unanimous vote. republicans praised his life story as inspiring. carson grew up in inner-city detroit with a single mother who had a third-grade education. democrats welcomed carson's promises to address homelessness, lead hazards in housing, and other issues.the department of housing and urban development oversees billions of dollars in housin






the best and worst states for first-time homebuyers


buying isn’t necessarily better than renting, and that’s especially true in certain states. bankrate put together a list of the best and worst states for first-time buyers. after saving up for a long time, i recently bought a home, which caught some of my friends off… read more read moreto measure their rankings, they focused on five factors: housing affordability, job market for young adults, housing market tightness, credit availability and homeownership rates. unsurprisingly, some of the worst states for buying your first home are the most expensive states for buying a home, period: california, hawaii, and new york. also on the “worst” list were louisiana and mississippi, though. while housing may be affordable in these states, credit availability and the job market scored low.advertise






affordable housing: culpability | the seattle times


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justice department accuses edmonds landlord of bias against families with childr


the federal lawsuit contends landlord debbie a. appleby violated the fair housing act by refusing to rent to families with children.the u.s. department of justice has sued the landlord of three edmonds apartment buildings on friday, alleging she and her rental firms refused to rent apartments to families with children, in violation of the federal fair housing act.“the fair housing act prohibits landlords from denying apartments to families just because they have children,” acting assistant attorney general tom wheeler of the justice department’s civil rights division said in a news release friday. “many families already face challenges finding affordable housing, and they should not also have to deal with unlawful discrimination.”the lawsuit, filed in u.s. district court for the western di






housing market broken, ministers say ahead of white paper


image copyrightgetty imagesministers will admit england's housing market is "broken" as they unveil new plans to build more affordable homes.the government says 250,000 new homes are needed each year and says it is lagging behind schedule.the new housing strategy for england includes forcing councils to plan for their local housing needs and giving them powers to pressure developers to start building on land they own.labour accused the government of "seven years of failure" on housing.communities secretary sajid javid will set out the details of the housing white paper in a statement to mps.measures include:forcing councils to produce an up-to-date plan for housing demandexpecting developers to avoid "low density" housing where land availability is shortreducing the time allowed between pl






southampton knocks liverpool out of efl cup on shane long’s late strike | liverp


by marcus kwesi o'mard on wed, jan 25, 2017 at 5:14pm1,445share this:liverpool’s hopes of reaching the efl cup final for a second consecutive season are over after the reds were beaten 1-0 by southampton on wednesday at anfield, exiting the competition 2-0 on aggregate.half-time substitute shane long grabbed the only goal of the game in stoppage-time, blasting beyond loris karius at the end of the visitors’ speedy counter-attack.prior to that, the reds had been unable to find their way through the saints, who book a berth in next month’s final at wembley stadium.claude puel’s side had fashioned earlier opportunities to add to the 1-0 lead it secured in the first leg, while the hosts were unable to make heavy second-half pressure tell, with emre can and daniel sturridge coming closest to f