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6.28.19

From the Seattle Times:

Some Seattleites who live in public housing will soon have access to free transit passes, a “life changer,” according to a representative for the city’s housing authority.

Mayor Jenny Durkan announced in February that her administration would offer about 1,500 Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) residents free unlimited ORCA passes. “Transit must be reliable and affordable because we need transit to meet our climate goals and because it makes people’s lives better,” the mayor said.

6.28.19

From SHA's website:

"The public is invited to join two celebrations at Yesler, a neighborhood near downtown Seattle that is being redeveloped by the Seattle Housing Authority into a vibrant, new mixed-income community.

6.28.19

From SDHC's website:

The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) Achievement Academy is an example of an agency “performing in an outstanding manner or providing noteworthy community services,” according to a San Diego County Grand Jury report released today.

6.28.19

From the Victorville Daily Press:

A facility to permanently house chronically homeless persons and provide a variety of services to help get them off the streets is set to be completed in late summer, county officials said.

The Queens Motel on Stoddard Wells Road, more than 50 years old, dilapidated, unused and within sight of passing motorists on nearby Interstate 15, will be renovated into Desert Haven Apartments.

6.28.19

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Ask resident Carolyn Brown about her new apartment at Sandstone Quarry, and she can barely contain her excitement.

“I'm in heaven,” said Ms. Brown, 72, of her apartment at the newly opened mixed-income development in the Fineview neighborhood of Pittsburgh's North Side.

“It's a nice place down here,” said Ms. Brown, who said she appreciates the views of the city, as well as the safety of her one-bedroom apartment.

6.28.19

From the Milwaukee Business Journal:

Seeking approvals for a 32-story tower offering apartments priced for low-income and luxury renters, a Milwaukee Housing Authority official said this may be the first mixed-income development of its kind for the community, but won’t be the last.

“When it works here, we can replicate it,” said Scott Simon, senior vice president of development for housing authority affiliate Travaux Inc.

6.28.19

From ABC7 Los Angeles:

Forty-six high school seniors and their families Thursday celebrated achievements many will never understand. All of the students live in Section 8 or public housing developments, and all of them are going to college.

"At first, I wanted to go to UCLA, UC Berkeley, and then I discovered the Ivy Leagues. They became my dream, a dream I thought I couldn't achieve until I actually got the letters," said Yale-bound student Roxanna Andrade.

6.28.19

From The Journal Gazette:

The Fort Wayne Housing Authority will break ground Tuesday on a $13.9 million apartment complex on Spy Run Avenue Extended. 

Dubbed River's Edge Apartments, the complex will be home to 56 one- and two-bedroom units of permanent supportive housing for homeless and at-risk individuals and families with disabilities.

6.28.19

From DCHA's website:

"U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, District of Columbia Housing Authority Executive Director Tyrone Garrett, DCHA’s Homeownership Coordinating Committee, local officials, and community members celebrated seven new homeowners.

6.28.19

From DCHA's website:

"Dozens of job applicants attended the District of Columbia Housing Authority’s Second Annual Career Fair, part of the agency’s Workforce Development Initiative.

Employers were on hand to meet candidates and explain the job openings they have available on May 31 at the Southwest Family Enhancement and Career Center. The candidates filled out applications, dropped off resumes, and asked questions about open positions and the companies that were hiring.

6.28.19

From Crain’s Cleveland Business:

"Cuyahoga Community College is working to bring its services into more locations across Northeast Ohio.

The college aims to bring more education and job-training resources to neighborhoods in poverty, a news release stated. Tri-C will be working with Esperanza Inc. and Olivet Housing and Community Development Corp. to open what it's calling Tri-C Access Centers.

6.28.19

From the Boston Herald:

"Here’s to the guys who didn’t forget where they came from, learned valuable lessons along the way and now help better the lives of others.

As a kid, Bill McGonagle grew up in the Mary Ellen McCormack development in South Boston. Some call public housing the housing of last resort, reserved for the poorest of the poor, and those without a voice.

6.28.19

From The Baltimore Sun:

"Baltimore families living in public housing can now renew their leases through an online portal unveiled Monday by the city’s Housing Authority.

The new technology presented in the form of kiosks inside the House Choice Voucher Program office are meant to save residents time when reapplying for public housing certification, which participants in the program must do annually.

6.28.19

From MENA FN:

"Residents have begun moving into the newly constructed Westview Village apartments as the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB), a public housing authority dedicated to promoting quality of life through affordable, healthy housing and community-based development, completes phase one of a four-phase redevelopment effort.

6.26.19
THA Sends Letter to HUD;  HACA, HACLA Featured in NYT, KCRW, LA Times
CLPHA member PHAs are engaged in efforts across the country to oppose HUD’s rule. The Tacoma Housing Authority submitted public comments yesterday conveying THA’s deep concerns with the proposal that they believe would, “inflict grievous harm on people, especially children. As a result of this rule, children will lose their housing or their parents.”
6.6.19

From the Daily Herald:

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Cook County Health CEO Dr. Jay Shannon announced on May 22 that Cook County Health is committing $1 million towards the Chicago and Cook County Flexible Housing Pool.

6.6.19

From Denver7:

The Denver Housing Authority has good reason to toot its own horn.

DHA has just been announced as the winner of the $500,000 grand prize in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar in your Community Challenge.

The $5-million competition was launched in 2016 as a way to improve energy affordability and to expand solar access to low-and-moderate-income households.

6.6.19

From the Tacoma Ledger:

Based in Tacoma’s rapidly gentrifying Hilltop neighborhood, Fab-5 remains an integral part of the community that remains resilient despite constant pressures of displacement. Beginning 19 years ago, Fab-5 was launched by a group of youth in Pierce County who sought more opportunities for young artists to mobilize their creativity and manifest their ideas into the community. 

6.6.19

From News 12 Westchester: 

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and city leaders got an inside look Friday at the newly renovated apartment complex formerly known as the Schlobohm Houses.

The Palisade Towers, at 95 Walsh Road, now has a new outside façade and new elevators, along with new kitchen appliances, countertops and upgraded bathrooms.

6.6.19

From The Virgin Islands Consortium:

The Virgin Islands Housing Authority’s (V.I.H.A.) Board of Commissioners held its regular monthly meeting on St. Thomas and via conference on St. Croix Wednesday. Two major resolutions presented for approval involved entering agreements to begin development of public housing units into affordable mixed finance, project-based voucher, or rental assistance demonstration rental units on both St. Croix and St. Thomas.

6.6.19

From the San Diego Housing Commission's website:

San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) initiatives to address the housing affordability crisis in San Diego and increase efficiency in its rental assistance program, as well as the agency’s rehabilitation of properties to extend their affordability, are among the recipients of eight awards or nominations this week, honoring SDHC accomplishments.

6.6.19

From MultifamilyBiz.com:

Greystone, a leading commercial real estate lending, investment, and advisory company, announced it has provided a $2.4 million Fannie Mae loan to refinance an affordable housing multifamily property in Victorville, CA. The transaction was originated by Cody Field in Greystone’s San Francisco office, in coordination with the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino (HACSB).

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