Members Making News
At a recent meeting of New Haven’s Affordable Housing Task Force, Elm City Communities (ECC) Executive Director Karen Dubois-Walton advocated for new strategies to remedy New Haven’s shortage of affordable housing, including subsidies for single-room occupancy units and having individuals pay what they can afford for rent.
The District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) gave apartment keys to 20 veterans experiencing homelessness as part of DCHA’s Veterans Appreciation Day ceremony. The veterans’ rents will be subsidized with DCHA-funded vouchers.
The Chicago Plan Commission has greenlit plans for a $200 million development, proposed by developer The Habitat Company, the Chicago Housing Authority, and other partners, to transform a struggling neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side. The project’s first phase will redevelop 10 acres of mostly vacant land in the West Side’s North Lawndale neighborhood into mixed-income units and commercial and retail space.
Kurt Wiest, Executive Director of the Bremerton Housing Authority, co-wrote an op-ed in The Kitsap Sun about how stable, affordable housing is crucial to providing affordable, effective healthcare and improving health outcomes for low-income Americans.
The National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA) honored Boston Housing AuthorityAdministrator William McGonagle with its 2018 Affordable Housing Vision Award. The award recognizes affordable housing leaders "for their invaluable contributions and years of commitment to the development and provision of affordable housing." Mr. McGonagle received the award at NH&RA's Fall Developer’s Forum in Boston in October.
Next City covered the Housing Authority of the City of Austin’s (HACA) recent, unusual purchase of a 308-unit luxury apartment building on the open market in partnership with a real estate investment trust (REIT).
A recent news article highlights how the Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) is utilizing the MTW demonstration to encourage family self-sufficiency with its School Housing Stability Program, a rental assistance program that offers subsidized housing to families experiencing homelessness from the Vancouver and Evergreen public school districts over a four-year period, with rental assistance decreasing each year.
The San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA) recently hosted a National Night Out in San Antonio’s West Side neighborhood for local residents, community leaders, and law enforcement officers, featuring musical performances, children’s activities, and refreshments.