Housing News Roundup: November 16, 2016
Will the Only Federal Agency Dedicated to Homelessness Survive the Budget Cut?
The federal agency that helped reduce national veteran homelessness 47 percent in the past seven years may lose its funding. The White House and the US House Appropriations Committee have called for eliminating the US Interagency on Homelessness, which was created in 1987. Last year, an Urban Institute report stated that terminating the council “would slow efforts to end homelessness and weaken the collective movement.”
Will Seattle’s New Short-Term Rental Tax Help Curb Displacement?
This week, Seattle’s city council passed legislation that will tax short-term rental operators, including Airbnb and VRBO. Funds accrued will go toward affordable housing and the city’s initiative to combat displacement. A 2016 report found that 12 percent of short-term rental hosts listed more than one unit but that they accounted for 40 percent of whole-unit listings, taking valuable housing stock away from long-term renters. Airbnb said it “welcomes the new proposal.”
Single-Family Rentals Dominate the Housing Market
Single-family rentals are taking over the housing market, surpassing single-family home purchases and apartment-style living. This trend emerged after the housing bubble collapse and the recession and is being led by millennials. But Americans ages 55 and older are also showing more interest in renting. What are the consequences of this shift? “People who want to own a home may no longer be as active in the typical suburban white-picket-fence neighborhood as properties in those neighborhoods become more prominently rentals,” said Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM Data Solutions.
Source: Connecticut Post
AARP Is Suing to Stop Illegal Nursing Home Eviction
Eighty-three-year-old Gloria Single was evicted from her nursing home, where she lived with her 93-year-old husband, because of behaviors associated with Alzheimer’s disease that the nursing home deemed “aggressive.” But the hospital found nothing wrong with her, and now, AARP’s legal team is suing the nursing home’s parent company on her behalf. Single’s situation is common. Eviction is the leading complaint about nursing homes nationwide, and California has seen a 73 percent increase in involuntary discharges from nursing homes since 2011.
How an Organization That Provides Housing and Health Care Is Saving Lives
At age 9, Miguel Rodriguez learned to do heroin from his mother. He sold drugs, used on and off, went to jail, and suffered from major health problems. Then, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, which houses the chronically homeless who have been hospitalized and provides needed wraparound care, offered to help. The organization strives to help residents increase their incomes, reconnect with their families, and integrate back into their communities by removing the barriers caused by lack of housing and health services. “Having this here, knowing that I don’t have to give it away, I make it my priority. My addiction now is keeping this roof over my head,” said Rodriguez.