Members Making News

'Growing Together CT' Aims at State's Affordable Housing Crisis (Elm City Communities)

3.4.22

From Public News Service:

A new alliance has formed to address Connecticut's affordable housing crisis, with a focus on its urban centers.

"Growing Together Connecticut" is a multi-year effort to pass housing laws and reforms that confront discriminatory policies, like redlining, that have led to disinvestment in cities.

One way to do that is through "fair-share" policies, that require cities to plan and zone for an adequate amount of affordable housing, based on need.

Housing Hope to build affordable housing near Edmonds church (Housing Authority of Snohomish County)

3.4.22

From Everett, WA's HeraldNet:

Housing Hope, a nonprofit and affordable housing developer, intends to build 52 apartments on a lot next to Edmonds Lutheran Church. Construction is to start this year.

“This is really executing on our plan to at least compete for and try to start a new project every year,” Housing Hope CEO Fred Safstrom said. “… It’s going to be a very attractive, nice project.”

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DuBois-Walton Takes Up ​“Equity” & ​“Excellence” Challenge In New State Ed Board Role (Elm City Communities)

2.23.22

From the New Haven Independent:

“Equity” and ​“excellence” are about to get an update.

Those two words summarized the mission of a five-year plan to guide Connecticut’s schools. The State Board of Education drafted and began undertaking the plan five years ago.

Now the board is crafting a new five-year plan. It has a new chair to guide that process: New Haven’s Karen DuBois-Walton.

Grants boost two affordable housing projects in Vancouver (Vancouver Housing Authority)

2.23.22

From Clark County Today:

Two affordable housing projects – one nearing completion and one in the planning stages –recently received grants from the Washington State Department of Commerce. 

The city of Vancouver received $1,059,085 for Laurel Manor and $161,907 for The Meridian to cover sewer, water or stormwater improvements and/or waive system development charges. 

County to provide $9.75 million loan for affordable housing project in downtown Mountain View (Santa Clara County Housing Authority)

2.23.22

From the Mountain View Voice:

A proposal to develop a city parking lot at 444 Bryant St. into affordable housing took a big step forward when the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors recently agreed to loan $9.75 million in county funds toward the project.

The Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the loan, funded through the county's Measure A Affordable Housing bond, on Feb. 8.

Affordable Housing in Denver Is Scarce and the Denver Housing Authority Is Stepping In

2.23.22

From 303 Magazine:

Denver has changed quite a bit over the past decade. The population is growing at record rates, while affordable housing initiatives on the state level have stayed on the back burner as developers have reeled in on a booming housing market.

“Last year the real estate market went up 20% in ownership units; this year it’s projected to go up another 20%,” said David Nisivoccia, executive director of Denver Housing Authority (DHA).

Pittsburgh’s Housing Authority plans a $50 million revitalization of Bedford Dwellings

2.23.22

From 90.5 WESA Pittsburgh:

The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh will apply for a $50 million grant for the Hill District in 2022, officials announced at a community meeting Tuesday night. The federal money, called a Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant, would be used to rebuild and expand the authority’s oldest housing development, Bedford Dwellings.

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