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Tiny Houses for the Homeless Make it Big in Los Angeles

Tiny Houses for the Homeless Make it Big in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After Elvis Summers built a tiny house on wheels for a woman who had been sleeping on the streets, he launched a crowdfunding campaign to construct similar shelters for other homeless people in his South Los Angeles neighborhood. He had no grand ambitions beyond lending a helping hand in a city [...]
Rent has Grown Twice as Fast as Minimum Wage. Why?WASHINGTON (AP) — More than one in four U.S. renters have to use at least half their family income to pay for housing and utilities. That’s the finding of an analysis of Census data by Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit that helps finance affordable housing. The number of such households has jumped 26 percent to [...]
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Where Did Chicago Families From Cabrini-Green Go?CHICAGO -- Annie Lloyd, 60, thinks living in Cabrini-Green ruined her life. She first stepped into Chicago’s Near North Side public housing project on July 7, 1977, with 4-, 3- and 2-year-old children. She thought she would be able to take advantage of the cheap rent and save money to take her kids to their own home. She left about
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The Search for Affordable Housing in ChicagoCHICAGO -- One wonders how it was even possible. Kids used to play ball in “Dead Man’s Field,” right in the middle of one of the poorest neighborhoods in Chicago, and look out at some of the most expensive real estate in the country. These kids could see extravagant condo buildings, but they were shut out of the world inside
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Tenant Rights in S.F. Are Crucial to Know, Activists Say  San Francisco’s affordable housing crisis has reached epic proportions. Forbes magazine recently ranked it the worst city in America for renters. It’s not easy to find an affordable home to rent in San Francisco, and it’s ever more difficult to stay in one.  There were 2,120 notices of evictions filed with the San Francisco [...]
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Why We Need to Stop the Foreclosure BulldozerAt Albuquerque’s United South Broadway Corporation (USBC), a community development agency, we have 20 years of experience in helping prevent foreclosure by empowering low- and moderate-income homeowners to advocate for their interests with lenders and legislators. When Rose Ann Vasquez first contacted us, she had been fighting to save her house for more than a [...]
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Did Affordable Housing Lead to a Little League Demotion?DARIEN, Conn. (AP) — In one of the country’s richest towns — where Mercedes, BMWs and Land Rovers cruise tree-lined streets of multimillion-dollar homes — a man who proposed building more accessible housing says angry neighbors took out their frustration on his son: a 9-year-old boy who was demoted to a lower-level Little League team. Christopher [...]
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NYC Shelters for Homeless Families Are Decrepit, City SaysNEW YORK (AP) — One family of six was living in a homeless-shelter apartment where a dead rat festered on the floor for days. Another family had no living-room furniture and had been without electricity for days. At another family homeless shelter, a puddle of urine soiled the only working elevator. And at yet another, [...]
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After the March 1 fatal shooting of a homeless man on Los Angeles' Skid Row, some media reports referred to the 50-block area as destitute and a dumping ground. But as Equal Voice News chronicled in 2014, the area is actually a community in which its members are working to secure housing, help one another and pass better policies.
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For Silicon Valley Man, His Car is ‘Home, Sweet Home’It’s crazy to think that I make more money than most people in the world, but I’m still unable to afford a place to live. I make $58,000 a year and it’s not enough to live and be able to eat here in San José. That’s why I live in my car. Sleeping in my [...]
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