Housing News Roundup: February 4, 2015
NYC Mayor’s Affordable Housing Plan Spotlights a Common Conundrum
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to revitalize a pocket of Brooklyn with affordable housing has run into resistance in his home borough and beyond. Housing activists see legitimate questions about whether a city can build without further gentrifying large areas.
Source: New York Times
Study: Chronic Illnesses Increase the Odds of Foreclosures
The connections between economics and health care are well-established, yet a new study has found that getting sick correlates to foreclosures, too. People who became sicker from 2007 through 2010 were more likely to lose jobs, and therefore their income and health insurance. This all heightened their chances of foreclosure.
Source: Washington Post
HUD: Number of Houses with Worst-Case Needs Down, But Still High
A new HUD report on worst-case housing needs is a mixed bag. Although the number of households with worst-chase housing needs dipped between 2011 and 2013, the number is still 9% higher than in 2009. The main culprit: Severe-rent burdens.
Source: Affordable Housing Finance
Children Face Unique Struggles Among the Homeless
A peek into the challenging world of Southern California’s homeless population shows children missing out on school and, activists say, a likely undercounting. “We also know they have a lot of health issues and lot of them have developmental delays,” said Melissa Schoonmaker, the homeless education consultant at the L.A. County’s Office of Education.
Source: Southern California Public Radio
Affordable Housing Protections Not Enough for Some D.C. Residents
Washington, D.C., has some of the strongest affordable housing protections in the nation. Yet they haven’t been enough to keep lower-income residents from being priced out of their homes in the fastest gentrifying neighborhood in the country.