Members Making News

Homeless Connect Reaches 771 Homeless San Diegans (San Diego Housing Commission)

3.5.20

From the Times of San Diego:

An annual resource fair at Golden Hall provided assistance Wednesday to 771 homeless people, organizers said.

A man named Marcus, who declined to give his last name citing privacy, told San Diego Housing Commission staff he was there to find employment. He, his wife and 7-month-old son stay at a shelter after falling on difficult times.

Clear Channels, Safe Residents: Pilot Program Coordinates Incident Response (New York City Housing Authority)

3.5.20

From the New York City Housing Authority's NYCHANOW  newsletter:

To improve the way it manages wide-scale incidents, NYCHA’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) launched a six-month pilot program based on NYC’s Incident Command System, which employs on-call field coordinators to coordinate efforts and communications between responding agencies. “It has been an effective emergency response model for the city,” said Rudy Murillo, Director of NYCHA’s OEM. “Ours will of course focus on the specific needs of our residents and properties.”

Groundbreaking for affordable housing community for seniors held in Edison (New Jersey Department of Community Affairs)

3.5.20

From MyCentralJersey.com:

A groundbreaking was held for an affordable housing facility earmarked for residents 62 and over.  

Rev. James F. Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen, and Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, were joined Feb. 25 by civic and community leaders at the groundbreaking for St. Paul the Apostle Senior Residence, according to a release.  

Why Minneapolis’ housing authority is selling 717 homes to itself (Minneapolis Public Housing Authority)

3.5.20

From the Minnesota Reformer:

The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority will sell 717 of its housing units to a non-profit organization it created and runs called Community Housing Resources — one of the largest transactions of its kind in the country.

MPHA’s Board of Commissioners approved the sale — at $1 per property — at its meeting Wednesday. And then the same people, who make up the nonprofit’s board of directors, approved the purchase.

Housing authority to pilot supportive housing geared toward young adults (Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority)

3.5.20

From the Toledo Blade:

A modest two-story house with sand-colored siding and dark green shutters will soon be home to three young men who are either aging out of foster care or exiting the Lucas County Juvenile Justice Center.

It’s the first of what Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority President and CEO Demetria Simpson and juvenile court Judge Denise Navarre Cubbon hope will be many rental homes geared toward helping young adults find their footing as they navigate living independently for the first time.

A quarter of Cuyahoga County homes have no internet access -- why that matters and how it’s changing (Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority)

3.5.20

From Cleveland.com:

Students fail assignments because they lack a home computer. Veterans have trouble making doctor’s appointments. Residents who need help paying utility bills can’t access their accounts online.

Digital exclusion poses a daunting, isolating problem that includes a lack of access to affordable internet networks and hardware; lack of skills to navigate, consume, and produce content in the digital sphere; and lack of access to troubleshooting support when devices break.

Vacant Hospitals Help Address Ills Of Limited Affordable Senior Housing (Chicago Housing Authority)

3.5.20

From Forbes:

Once, these edifices were the bulwarks against illness. Today, they're part of the cure for the malaise afflicting housing availability. Nationwide, vacant hospitals, mental institutions and sanitariums are being recast as newly-opened apartment buildings. In communities from Los Angeles to New York City, and from Charlottesville, Va. and Washington, D.C. to Denver, the doors of shuttered healing centers are swinging back open to admit residents. 

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