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The bizarre reality of the US housing market: Home sales are tanking, and ... - Quartz

The bizarre reality of the US housing market: Home sales are tanking, and ... - Quartz | Affordable Rental Housing | Scoop.it
The bizarre reality of the US housing market: Home sales are tanking, and ...
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But most of the outsized March gain [in prices] reflected a mix shift towards higher priced units.  New homes priced between $150,000 and $299,000 made up 47% of March sales, down from 57% in February, and homes priced between $300,000 and $499,000 made up 39% of March sales, up from 30% in February.

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Tenants paying high rents have to cut back on food and heating, poll ...

Tenants paying high rents have to cut back on food and heating, poll ... | Affordable Rental Housing | Scoop.it
Generation Rent survey found two in five tenants cut fuel use and one-third said they went short on food to pay rising rents.
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This is the case for about 30% of Thurston County residents...(75K people!) - doing without other basics so they can pay their rent or mortgage.

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Housing is beyond reach for many in Maine. Will Congress do something about it? - Bangor Daily News

Housing is beyond reach for many in Maine. Will Congress do something about it? - Bangor Daily News | Affordable Rental Housing | Scoop.it
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Housing is beyond reach for many in Maine. Will Congress do something about it?
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What Does 2014 Have in Store for the Housing Market? - U.S. News & World Report (blog)

What Does 2014 Have in Store for the Housing Market? - U.S. News & World Report (blog) | Affordable Rental Housing | Scoop.it
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What Does 2014 Have in Store for the Housing Market?
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My house in the middle of the street: The 86-year-old model social housing tenant

My house in the middle of the street: The 86-year-old model social housing tenant | Affordable Rental Housing | Scoop.it
For almost nine decades, with only a brief pause during the war, Jack Haddock has lived in the same house in Walsall.
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Interesting!

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Homeless students would suffer with state Housing Trust Fund cuts | Crosscut.com

Homeless students would suffer with state Housing Trust Fund cuts | Crosscut.com | Affordable Rental Housing | Scoop.it
Guest Opinion: Facing demands for school funding, legislators are looking for other savings. But homeless kids need a place to live.
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Imagine how it feels to step off that bus alone in front of your classmates. That unwanted attention can only add to the daily trauma of surviving without a home in a region that prides itself on its quality of life.

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A Conversation on Data in Homeless Services

A Conversation on Data in Homeless Services | Affordable Rental Housing | Scoop.it
Homeless services is starting to adapt the use and sharing of data. HUD has now even mandated all service providers use HMIS (Homeless Management Information Systems) as a requirement to funding!
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"Probably my biggest frustration is we have the technology to show availabilities but don't. Technology allows me and you to find an available hotel room anywhere in the world from any computer in the world that has Internet access."

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More Than Just Airport Delays and Cancelled Tours | Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

More Than Just Airport Delays and Cancelled Tours | Washington Low Income Housing Alliance | Affordable Rental Housing | Scoop.it
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There will be 125 fewer families in THURSTON county with housing vouchers...in the next 30 days.

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Thurston County Rental Housing Inventory Decreases & Investment Opportunities Increase

Thurston County Rental Housing Inventory Decreases & Investment Opportunities Increase | Affordable Rental Housing | Scoop.it
 

“We’re renting e
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Finding affordable rental housing is becoming more challenging for our community everyday.

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Out of Reach 2013: National Low Income Housing Coalition

Out of Reach 2013: National Low Income Housing Coalition | Affordable Rental Housing | Scoop.it
Elina Bravve, Research AnalystMegan Bolton, Research DirectorSheila Crowley, PresidentThe Housing Wage in Out of Reach captures the gap between wages and rents across the country, and is the estimate of...
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If you make minimum wage in Washington State, you’ll need to work 64 hours/week to afford a decent studio rental home.
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Mandating Section 8 Housing

Mandating Section 8 Housing | Affordable Rental Housing | Scoop.it
In recent years and months, the Rental Housing Association has supported the Section 8 Housing voucher system, as a tool  to assist low income renters in finding affordable rentals in the state of Washington.
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What do you think?  Is forcing all landlords to participate in Sec.8 a good thing?

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Olympia keeps senior housing proposal alive

Olympia keeps senior housing proposal alive | Affordable Rental Housing | Scoop.it
The Olympia City Council voted 5-2 Tuesday night to spend $30,000 for an environmental study of a city-owned parking lot where a five-story senior housing complex is proposed downtown.
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Great news for Olympia.

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Human Services News | HandsNet

HandsNet provides current human services and community development information from around the Web on low-income communities, particularly communities of color, and seeks to foster comprehensive thinking on approaches to dealing with the issues...
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Community Working Group Helps Palo Alto Tackle Affordable Housing ... - Patch.com

Community Working Group Helps Palo Alto Tackle Affordable Housing ...
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What a great idea!  Community working together!!

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Aurora Housing Authority partner buys 18 homes for scatted-site affordable ... - Aurora Beacon News

Aurora Housing Authority partner buys 18 homes for scatted-site affordable ... - Aurora Beacon News | Affordable Rental Housing | Scoop.it
Aurora Housing Authority partner buys 18 homes for scatted-site affordable ...
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Cool!  Great for their community!!

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Excellent Economic Research; Mortgage Experts Did Not Predict The Housing ... - Forbes

Excellent Economic Research; Mortgage Experts Did Not Predict The Housing ... - Forbes | Affordable Rental Housing | Scoop.it
Excellent Economic Research; Mortgage Experts Did Not Predict The Housing ...
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This is a lovely little piece of economic research summarised for us over at EconLog.
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Big Surprise!

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More landlords turn away housing benefit claimants

More landlords turn away housing benefit claimants | Affordable Rental Housing | Scoop.it
A survey finds that of the landlords who currently let to people on benefits, more than half say they won't after the roll-out of universal credit (RT @ChrisClose51: 4 out of 5 landlords now turn away housing benefit claimants
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No wonder people can't find affordable homes

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Vancouver Housing Authority votes to pursue housing for homeless - The Columbian

Vancouver Housing Authority votes to pursue housing for homeless - The Columbian | Affordable Rental Housing | Scoop.it
Vancouver Housing Authority votes to pursue housing for homeless
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The Vancouver Housing Authority will pursue building a 30-unit apartment building for chronically homeless people.
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YAy! for Portland!

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Alternatives to Administrative Overhead:  April 2013 Article

Three alternative measures to nonprofit and government effectiveness, besides administrative overhead.
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"very year this common but flawed social sector practice of using administrative overhead as criteria for determining organizational effectiveness is reinforced through organizations such as Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, and many other programs. "

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Rafn Construction Chronicle - First Quarter 2013

Rafn Construction Chronicle - First Quarter 2013 | Affordable Rental Housing | Scoop.it
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Building Neighbor Relations:  Logistics aside, communication with neighbors is the key to success

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Real Change News | Report: Low wages, high rents keep families out of housing

Real Change News | Report: Low wages, high rents keep families out of housing | Affordable Rental Housing | Scoop.it
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The minimum wage in Washington, $9.19 per hour, is less than half of what a renter needs to be able to afford a two-bedroom apartment.

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Experts optimistic on Thurston County housing market

Experts optimistic on Thurston County housing market | Affordable Rental Housing | Scoop.it
The Thurston County housing market continues to show improvement, but more could be done to stimulate home sales if banks would put up more bank-owned properties for sale.
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Not so optimistic on AFFORDABLE housing though!

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Legally Destroying The Gender Gap - Compensation Today

Legally Destroying The Gender Gap - Compensation Today | Affordable Rental Housing | Scoop.it
The Paycheck Fairness Act has been reintroduced into the Senate. Designed to help women who believe themselves to be a part of gender-based wage discrimination, the Act has already failed approval numerous times.
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Dang right it should be destroyed!  After 25 years, and a ton of experience, I still have to fight to be paid equally!

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Changing neighborhoods can change your life

Changing neighborhoods can change your life | Affordable Rental Housing | Scoop.it
Helping poor families relocate to safer neighborhoods with better schools shown to improve mobility for children.
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Read this - good for kids and our communities

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Housing Industry Skates Through Cliff Deal - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Housing Industry Skates Through Cliff Deal - Wall Street Journal (blog) | Affordable Rental Housing | Scoop.it
Wall Street Journal (blog) Housing Industry Skates Through Cliff Deal Wall Street Journal (blog) The housing market and the housing industry have escaped a potential blow on several fronts now that lawmakers have at least partially resolved...
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