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Silicon Valley Set to Gain More Affordable Housing

Silicon Valley Set to Gain More Affordable Housing

  San Jose, California – one of Silicon Valley’s key cities – will soon see more affordable housing amid the pricey real estate in the high technology area, thanks to two years of advocacy work by grassroots, faith and business groups.  The San Jose City Council on Nov. 18 approved a housing impact fee of [...]
If We Love Kids so Much, Why Are 1 in 30 Homeless?SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation’s high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and the impacts of pervasive domestic violence. Titled “America’s [...]
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Oakland Renters Chalk Up Victory for Tenant RightsHigh technology job growth has increased demand for housing in the San Francisco Bay Area, causing soaring rents that have spilled over into cities like Oakland. The estimated rent for homes in Oakland for June 2014 hit $2,124, nearly 11 percent higher than the same period last year, and those housing costs have risen every [...]
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Focus on Homeless Pupils Needed, as Number Tops 1M  The number of homeless school children is rising in U.S. schools.  Education Department statistics released Monday say 1.3 million homeless children were enrolled in U.S. schools in the 2012-2013 school year — an 8 percent increase from the previous school year. A vast majority of the homeless children were living in “doubled-up” quarters, meaning multiple families were [...]
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Group: Number of Homeless Students Merits Attention  The Windy City has set another record. But homeless advocates in Chicago say that the record is unacceptable – and demands attention by city leaders.  What is turning heads among advocates and residents is that the number of homeless students enrolled in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) soared by 3,475 young people to a record [...]
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Citigroup Pays $7B in Mortgage Settlement and Still ProfitsWASHINGTON (AP) — Citigroup has agreed to pay $7 billion to settle a federal investigation into its handling of risky subprime mortgages, admitting to a pattern of deception that Attorney General Eric Holder said “shattered lives” and contributed to the worst financial crisis in decades, the Justice Department said Monday. The settlement represents a moment [...]
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Court Overturns L.A. Law Banning Living in Parked CarsSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday struck down a 31-year-old Los Angeles law that bars people from living in parked vehicles, saying the vaguely written statute discriminates against the homeless and poor. The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals involved a 1983 law that [...]
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LOS ANGELES — “I’m the people’s general,” says TC, explaining the nickname he’s been given on Fifth Street. He earned it by keeping the homeless residents of Los Angeles’ Skid Row informed and educated about neighborhood issues, in part through the literature table he maintains next to the blue tarps of his tent. Under the [...]
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Mayor Julian Castro Tapped to be U.S. Housing SecretaryWASHINGTON (AP) — In a second-term Cabinet reshuffle, President Barack Obama tapped San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro on Friday to be the nation’s next housing secretary, giving a prominent national platform to one of the Democratic Party’s most celebrated up-and-comers. Joined by Castro and Vice President Joe Biden, Obama also announced he was nominating current [...]
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In Oakland, Gentrification Erodes Idea of ‘Homes for All’Behind a chain link fence on 35th Avenue, the man who gardens every day for other people grows his own roses, gathered around a statue of the Virgen de Guadalupe. Off 98th Ave, backyard barbeques are legendary, as is the young cousin who always wins the battles of wits and words that break out after [...]
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