Housing News Roundup: May 10, 2018
Bypassing the Housing Shortage in the Bay Area
In the tight Bay Area rental market, senior homeowners are taking in lodgers via in-person home-sharing services. One service, Home Match, has developed a contract that requiring renters to perform at least four hours of housecleaning weekly and bypasses standard eviction processes. “I’m really enthusiastic about this approach, because it increases the housing stock without new construction and provides renters an opportunity to live in a family-like situation,” said Janet Abelson, a homeowning participant. Advocates of the approach also cite its potential to reduce social isolation.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Philadelphia’s Plan to Deal with Eviction
According to landlord eviction filings, 1 in 14 Philadelphia renters faced eviction in 2017. This month, a recently formed Taskforce on Eviction Prevention and Response released a draft report detailing recommendations focused on outreach, enforcement, and policies. “[Eviction] creates chaos and disruption in people’s lives. It creates enormous chaos in children’s lives. And we really need to keep focused on the fact that this is bigger than just a contract between two people. This is really about the health of the city and our residents,” said councilmember Helen Gym.
Housing Advocates Sue over Recent HUD Suspension of Fair Housing Rule
This week, housing advocates filed a lawsuit in federal court against the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) over its suspension of a rule implemented in 2015 aimed at discouraging racial segregation to increase the country’s economic prosperity. “A growing body of research demonstrates that what neighborhood you grow up in matters,” said Urban Institute senior fellow Solomon Greene. “Racial segregation can limit economic prosperity for a region and its residents.”
High-Opportunity Neighborhoods Have Mental and Physical Health Benefits for Low-Income Kids
New research shows that low-income children who live in high-opportunity neighborhoods have less stress and are in better physical health than their counterparts in low-opportunity areas. The University of California, San Francisco, study explored the impact of neighborhood quality and family socioeconomic status of Bay Area kindergarteners. Author Danielle Roubinov says this speaks to “the importance of early intervention—the fact that we are seeing the effects this early suggests the need to really intervene now, if not earlier, to help put children on a healthier developmental trajectory.”
Source: US News & World Report
A Long Waiting List for Colorado Foster Youth Seeking Housing Assistance
105 youths who spent time in the Colorado foster system sit on a waiting list for federal housing vouchers. It takes about a year for youth—many of whom have fewer life skills than they would otherwise—to reach the top of the list. “A typical young adult is often very reliant on parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles for life questions. How do I apply for college? How do I make a résumé? How do I tie a tie?” said Erin Medina, the manager of the United Way’s Bridging the Gap program, which helps foster youth transition to independence.
Source: Denver Post