Two events in late June demonstrated the San Diego Housing Commission’s (SDHC) commitment to providing families with more affordable, transit-oriented development, and stabilizing neighborhoods affected by foreclosures. There was the grand opening of City Scene, a 31-unit affordable housing apartment complex developed from a foreclosed condominium construction project with funding from a federal grant under the National Stabilization Program. SDHC also held a ground-breaking ceremony at a former school’s maintenance and storage lots, which will see new life as COMM22 – transit-oriented apartment complexes for low-income families and seniors.
The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) recently celebrated the grand opening of the Imperial Courts WorkSource Portal, one of three such portals through which HACLA “focuses on increasing overall employment, as well as workers’ earnings, retaining jobs and improving workers’ occupational skills.” The only public housing authority in the nation to operate certified WorkSource Portals at its sites, HACLA views these one-stop centers as “vital to the reduction of welfare dependency and the revitalization of the economy.”
The Chicago Housing Authority has joined the Troubled Buildings Initiative to help improve the safety of residents in rental properties throughout the city. CHA is partnering with city and state agencies to address buildings and neighborhood conditions that pose a threat to the community, and to compel landlords to maintain drug-free communities.
On June 29, city officials and developers unveiled the Housing Authority of the City of Paterson’s redeveloped Heritage at Alexander Hamilton. The new mixed-income community of 80 town-house rental units was developed on a nearly 10-acre site, and marks a radical departure from the isolated high-rise buildings of the past. The distinct styles of the houses, private entrances, and integration into the community will help to prevent the decay experienced by the complex’s previous incarnation.
The New York City Employment and Training Coalition presented the NYCHA Resident Training Academy with a ‘2012 Opportunity Award’ in recognition of the New York City Housing Authority’s efforts to help residents become self-sufficient through access to job opportunities.
Thanks to an agreement between Home Forward and the Housing Authority of Clackamas County, Section 8 participants in Clackamas and Multnomah counties are now able to rent a unit in either county regardless of which jurisdiction administers the voucher. This agreement came into effect on July 1 and makes transfers easier by streamlining both procedures and costs for the housing authorities.
A July 2 article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch featured one of the community members whom the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority and its partners are helping to reach self-sufficiency. It told telling the story of a local woman who overcame addiction, homelessness, incarceration and bone cancer before achieving her dream of home ownership.