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9.26.19

From The Seattle Times: 

Microsoft, King County and the King County Housing Authority will invest $245 million to provide affordable rents for more than 3,000 low- and middle-income residents through the purchase of five apartment complexes.

9.26.19

From The Monroe Monitor:

Today at the Seattle Housing Authority, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate education committee, sat down with local officials, community advocates, and digital education leaders to learn more about how Seattle has successfully expanded access to digital skills and literacy education—as well as best practices and lessons from their experiences—as she discussed her latest plans to promote digital inclusion in Washington State and across the country.

9.26.19

From the Ventura County Star:

No current residents at the Westview Village public housing complex in Ventura have an electric vehicle, but newly constructed units will include electric vehicle charging stations. 

The charging stations are just one way to make sustainable features accessible to public housing residents, according to Denise Wise, CEO of the Housing Authority of the City of Buenaventura, which developed and manages the complex.

9.26.19

From The Oklahoman:

A Wisconsin company wrapping up redevelopment of the former Dunbar school east of downtown is preparing to build more affordable senior housing on a blighted block between Midtown and Classen-10-Penn.

9.26.19

From PIX 11:

After two years of planning and building, a new basketball court in a Bronx public housing development opened up Monday.

The court is in the heart of the Adams Houses in the Bronx. A half a million dollars was invested in the new basketball court.

“This is really symbolic because look at this. It's beautiful. The rest of the property can be the same way as this court,” promised new NYCHA CEO Gregory Russ.

9.26.19

From the Urban Land Institute:

Plaza Roberto Maestas in Seattle; the Lindley in Bethesda, Maryland; and the Watson in Quincy, Massachusetts, have been selected as the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Terwilliger Center for Housing’s 2019 Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award.

9.26.19

From the Hudson County View:

Betty Morris had two very big families: one was her immediate family, with 16 children, as well as her family-at-large – the residents of the Marion Gardens Housing Complex.

Back in 1974, when the family was under threat, she took action by heading down to Washington D.C. to fight for the necessary funding to keep the complex alive.

“My mother was a selfless person,” said Lori Walker, the youngest of Morris’ 16 children.

9.26.19

From ideastream:

Public art is everywhere at Woodhill Homes — much of it historic, dating from the 1930s and 1940s.

A panel on a building shows a woman hoisting a basket of fruit above her head. In the community center gym, WPA murals cover the walls, showing scenes of everyday life from when the complex was built. But for the public housing development's current residents, what the art doesn't depict is just as noticeable as what it does.

9.26.19

From The Columbus Dispatch:

Developers are moving forward on the second phase of the River & Rich project in Franklinton: an office and apartment tower overlooking the Scioto River.

9.26.19

From U.S. News & World Report:

Evidence of a life filled with love, cultural pride and art gathered quickly in William Brown's room.

But two years ago, he would have had no place to put gifts from his daughter and sister that sit on top of his fridge, the photograph of his recently deceased mother that smiles from his living room table or the books about arts, photography and Tlingit history that sit on most available surfaces.

9.25.19

On September 20, the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM) and developer The Alexander Company broke ground on the rehabilitation and restoration of the Milwaukee Soldiers Home, a National Historic Landmark District originally built in 1867 to house Civil War soldiers and help them transition back to civilian life.

9.12.19

From WHYY:

Chester’s Ruth Bennett Community Farm is a vibrant oasis in a desert of dull brick and lifeless concrete.

Tucked below Interstate 95 at the top of a cul-de-sac, the 2-acre farm teems with life: organic produce, wildflowers, and a host of winged insects that flutter between the two.

“This is like a resurrection of life here,” assistant manager Malik Savage said during a recent visit.

9.12.19

From Education Dive:

The Stable Homes Stable Schools initiative — launched in May to help Minneapolis Public Schools students and their families pay rent and maintain consistent housing while also offering wraparound services — already has 125 families with 396 children enrolled in the program and hopes to attract more than 600 students, the Minnesota Daily reported.

9.12.19

From the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles' (HACLA) press release:

9.12.19

From the New York Real Estate Journal:

The Municipal Housing Authority for the City of Yonkers (MHACY) was recently voted as the city’s best senior housing (non-site specific) in the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce’s 15th Annual Best of Yonkers competition. 

All winners will be featured in the Chamber’s August 30th “Best of Yonkers” issue of the Yonkers Progress.      

9.12.19

From The Columbian: 

Vancouver will receive $1.88 million in new affordable housing grants, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell announced last week.

The funding will come in the form of $1.24 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, Community Development Block Grant Program, as well as $646,431 from HUD’s HOME Investment Partnership Program, the Democratic senator said in a media release.

9.12.19

From Oregon Public Broadcasting:

On Monday, Vancouver and Washington state officials gathered alongside community members to celebrate the grand opening of Caples Terrace, a new public housing project offering affordable units to young adults who have aged out of foster care or fallen into homelessness.

Christina LaCelle, 20, could barely contain her excitement. She and her 3-month-old daughter Vivianne were just weeks away from moving into their very first apartment at the new complex.

9.12.19

From West Seattle Blog:

For the fourth consecutive year, West Seattle Elementary students got a first-day-of-school welcome like no other: The “Be There Rally.” 2016 was the first time community members were invited to greet and inspire the students. The event has continued growing in size and reputation, and this year drew more citywide dignitaries than ever. More on them later. First – WSE principal Pamela McCowan-Conyers got to tell the crowd all about her school.

9.12.19

From ABC 3 KEYT:

The Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura was just awarded $18,983,730 from the California Strategic Growth Council for its Ventura Westside Housing and Active Transportation grant application.

The award is granted through the state’s Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC), which funds projects that promote healthier communities and protect the environment by increasing the supply of affordable places to live near jobs, stores, transit and other daily needs.

9.12.19

From the San Bernardino Sun:

The rectangular room is immaculate, with something to explore at every turn.

Between the gray walls are areas to read, color, play, write and listen. Rugs for napping and bean bags for lounging rest on the hardwood floors.

Not a book nor crayon is out of place on a recent weekday – it’s the calm before the storm.

9.12.19

From the San Bernardino Sun:

When Ana Santana and her children moved into their Loma Linda apartment nearly four years ago, it meant more than having a new place to live.

It was a new start.

9.12.19

From Next City:

Over the next 25 years, San Antonio is expecting to welcome a million new residents, an influx of people that would expand its population by about two-thirds. And while rent in the city is still relatively cheap, more than 40 percent of renters are cost burdened, paying more than 30 percent of their income for housing. In anticipation of the influx and a worsening market for renters, the San Antonio Housing Authority is planning to spend close to half a billion dollars on new mixed-income projects in the coming years.

9.12.19

From ABC KSAT 12:

Bridging the gap between foster care and a life of independence is one of the big goals for local nonprofit the THRU Project.

Originally established to provide mentors for youth who age out of state care, the group recently expanded its mission to provide housing for a vulnerable young population.

We first told you about the Next Step housing program last year. Now it's expanding, thanks to a new partnership with the San Antonio Housing Authority.

9.12.19

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Residents of Pittsburgh’s Bedford Dwellings are getting a lift from Lyft.

The ride-share service on Thursday announced it would transport residents of Bedford and those at Prospect Terrace in East Pittsburgh, both public housing communities, to and from local Giant Eagle grocery stores for $5 per round trip. Residents are eligible for one ride to the store each week.

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