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Affordable Housing

News about affordable housing

Legislating Against Blacklisting to Help Tenants Find Better Housing

Landlords deny that it’s done, but tenants who withhold rent to protest unhealthy living conditions often can’t find another place to live

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The Pueblo City building that Yanira Cortes says is infested with rats and other vermin.

Yanira Cortes hits play and her phone displays a video of the wood-floored hallway of her Newark apartment. After a few seconds, a large brown rat scurries across the floor from one corner of the hall into an open doorway.

“My 9-year old daughter shot that at 3:45 in the morning,” says Cortes, a mother of four kids who range in age from 2 to 12. “She’s up because she’s afraid to sleep with the rats … I check them every morning for rat bites.”

This is just one problem she has faced in her federally subsidized two-bedroom apartment in the Pueblo City building; there have been problems with the heat and a leaky bathroom ceiling that brought mold. While moving would be difficult financially, Cortes has tried to secure another rental, only to fail the background check.

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In a May 9, 2017 New York Times article, “How Home-ownership Became the Engine of American Inequality,” Matthew Desmond examines the Mortgage Interest Deduction (MID), its benefits to wealthy and upper middle-class homeowners and the plight of low income renters in the Boston area and across America.

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Mental Health, Addiction Agencies Facing Problems With New Billing Reforms

Providers say the shift to fee-for-service reimbursement may hurt ability to serve the neediest patients

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Some New Jersey behavioral health providers fear an overhaul to the billing system designed to increase historically low Medicaid reimbursements may hurt their ability to provide treatment for those not covered by the government-subsidized plan and too poor to pay for their own treatment.

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The Supreme Court is to hear a case involving the low-income housing tax credit as state and local opposition simmers

By Lawrence Lanahan, Aljazeera America

“At the heart of the debate over low-income housing developments like the one planned by Enterprise Homes is the question “Who gets to live where?” Good schools and low crime often go hand in hand with high rents and home values, and policies throughout the 20th century pushed recipients of family housing assistance into areas of concentrated poverty and racial isolation. Over time, the explicit intent to segregate — as seen, for example, in separate housing projects for white and black residents — has faded, but segregated residential patterns have persisted. Under the Fair Housing Act of 1968, jurisdictions receiving U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funding must take active steps to undo the legacy of segregation.”

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