Housing News Roundup: January 11, 2018
HUD Postpones Enforcing Fair-Housing Rule
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it plans to delay enforcing an Obama-era fair-housing rule requiring jurisdictions receiving federal aid to submit detailed analyses of residential patterns and remedial plans to address patterns of racial residential segregation. Advocates fear it will end the government’s commitment to address racial inequality in housing. “All of the disparities in the US…between the races are all fundamentally linked to residential segregation. There’s no real way to deal with disparities between black and white people without dealing with this,” said Myron Orfield, a law professor at the University of Minnesota.
Source: New York Times
Hospital That Provides Housing for “Super Utilizers” Helps the Homeless and Reduces Costs
Formerly homeless Glenn Baker—who suffers from asthma and high blood pressure, spent 20 nights in the emergency room in 2016, and sometimes faked sickness so that he could have a place to sleep—is back on his feet thanks to a University of Chicago pilot program showing promising results. The program provides housing for 26 emergency room “super utilizers” to improve their health, reduce homelessness, and reduce costs per patient. Stephen Brown, director of Preventive Emergency Medicine at the hospital, says that “if every hospital in the area agreed to house 10 chronically homeless patients…we could collectively make a huge impact on reducing homelessness, and it would be near cost-neutral to every hospital.”
Source: WBEZ Chicago
The New York City Housing Authority Needs $25 Billion. What’s the Fiscal Reality?
The New York City Housing Authority needs at least $25 billion to fix problems at its 326 developments. This marks a 50 percent increase from a 2011 projection that it would need $16.5 billion over five years. “We have to come to grips with the fact that there is no federal money coming to public housing,” said councilmember Ritchie Torres, a Bronx Democrat who chairs the public housing committee. He added that maintaining current levels of funding “is demolition by neglect.”
Housing Experts Say America is on the Verge of an Eviction Crisis
As incomes fail to keep pace with rising rents, housing experts predict that the country is on the verge of an eviction crisis. According to a recent Apartment List report, 3.7 million renters experienced eviction in 2017, most of whom earned less than $30,000 a year. The study found that Atlanta, Memphis, and Phoenix had the highest rates of evicted residents, and each city has a poverty rate above 20 percent. Elora Lee Raymond, assistant professor in city and regional planning at Clemson University, says the only real way to reduce rental market pressure is to add more affordable units.
Can Marin County Change Its Patterns of Inequality and Neighborhood Segregation This Year?
Marin County, which sits across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, has the largest racial inequities of all California counties. The county, whose median home value is $1.1 million, has a history of neighborhood segregation and has blocked new development for years (85 percent of the county is off limits to development). Recognizing its inclusion failures, the county is expected to release a plan, which includes funding for low-income housing in predominately white areas, this year. But residents could prevent approval, as they have in the past.
Source: LA Times