The Many, Many Jobs That Won’t Earn You Enough to Live in Your City

From Atlantic Cities:

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2013/08/many-many-jobs-wont-earn-you-enough-live-major-city/6541/

Louisville may not be San Francisco, but with average rent on a 2BR apartment $731 and rising, affordable housing is a struggle for many working families.

 

HUD has doubts about eminent domain strategy

From Housing Wire: “The pushback against eminent domain is growing. And if the Mortgage Bankers Association needed the backing of the housing agencies and regulators to steer counties away from eminent domain proposals, it looks like they got it…”

Read more at:

http://www.housingwire.com/articles/26164-hud-doubts-eminent-domain-strategy

More on Richmond, CA’s strategy for underwater mortgages: nyti.ms/15rTLYd 

Report: Moving poor people into neighborhood does not cause crime

Atlantic Cities on an important new study:

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2013/08/hard-data-proves-housing-vouchers-dont-cause-crime/6404/

MHC signs onto joint statement regarding Ohio River bridges tolls

Several local agencies, including MHC, released the following statement on a lack of exception for low-income drivers and public transportation in planning for toll collection on the new Ohio River bridges:

In 2013, the Kentucky General Assembly passed HB 441, amending the tolling statute, KRS 175B.404, for the Ohio River Bridges Project. The amendment “recognizes the potential hardship for low income users” (K.R.S.175B.040 Section 3) and encourages the Kentucky and Indiana Transportation Cabinets and the Kentucky Public Transportation Infrastructure Authority to find ways to mitigate the financial impact of bridge tolls on persons with low incomes and to consider the feasibility of exempting mass transit vehicles from the payment of project tolls.

Unfortunately, the General Assembly’s encouragement was either not enough or fell on deaf ears. The Bridges Project recently announced it was unwilling or unable to consider mitigation or exemption from the tolls and did not include this in the draft plan. Even TARC is not exempted from the $10 charge to buses crossing the bridges.

Due to the Bridges Project’s inability to consider how these tolls will impact those who live and work within this community, it is imperative that we, as a community, speak up and voice our frustration with the current tolling plan. It is important that further considerations be made to help those who will commute to work across the river.

There is an opportunity for those who will be affected by the tolls and for those low income individuals and families in our community to comment on this plan and ask for waivers, tax credits or other discounts. The Bridges Project is intended to promote and develop our regional economy, not serve as an anchor limiting our ability to succeed and compete in the global marketplace.

The agencies below ask you to speak up at the public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, July 23, 2013 from 4-7 p.m. at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. If you cannot attend, please comment at http://www.kyinbridges.com/.

Sincerely,
Metropolitan Housing Coalition
Coalition for the Homeless
Association of Community Ministries
Volunteers of America

The above agencies ask you to speak out at the
public hearing scheduled for
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd.

If you cannot attend, please comment at http://www.kyinbridges.com/.

Courier-Journal coverage of new MHC utilities publication

9 ways to get help with Louisville home utility costs

On July 11, MHC released our latest publication, How to Lower Utility Costs, a guide to local programs providing assistance to low-income families and individuals for payment of utility bills or help with making homes more energy efficient. The full report is available on our Website and in hard copy at our office.

Read more about the report and the impact of rising costs and falling wages in the story by Courier-Journal reporter Jere Downs at the link above.

Join MHC for release of utilities assistance guide

Join us for the release of our latest report: How to Lower Utility Costs: a Guide to Louisville Programs for Energy Efficient Improvements and Resources to Help Pay a Utility Bill

 Thursday, July 11, 2013, 12:00 p.m.

at New Directions Housing Corporation

1000 E Liberty St  

Louisville, KY 40204

Affordable housing includes access to utilities, including electricity and the ability to adequately heat a home. MHC explored the impact of utilities on the cost of housing in our 2008 State of Metropolitan Housing Report.

This new report highlights rising utility costs and will help connect low-income residents with the resources they need to make their homes more energy efficient or to get assistance with paying a utility bill.

HUD ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER SAME-SEX HOUSING DISCRIMINATION STUDY

June 18, 2016

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) yesterday released the nation’s first-ever national study examining housing discrimination against same-sex couples in the private rental market. The study, An Estimate of Housing Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples, measures the treatment same-sex couples receive from rental agents when inquiring about apartments advertised online, as compared to how otherwise similar heterosexual couples are treated.

According to HUD’s study, same-sex couples experience unequal treatment more often than heterosexual couples when responding to internet ads for rental units, and findings show that gay male couples experience more discrimination than lesbian couples.

Read more here: HUD ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER SAME-SEX HOUSING DISCRIMINATION STUDY

Courier-Journal: Banks slow down foreclosure pace in Louisville

Louisville lenders may be slowing the rate of sale of the homes of struggling borrowers at foreclosure auctions.

Read the full story from Courier-Journal reporter Jere Downs here: http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013305230062

New HUD/Urban Institute Report: “America’s long journey to end housing discrimination remains unfinished.”

The Department of Housing and Urban Development, in partnership with the Urban Institute, recently released its 2012 Housing Discrimination Study: Housing Discrimination Against Racial and Ethnic Minorities. This is the fourth such study of housing discrimination in America sponsored by HUD since the late-1970s.

To read the report, visit the Urban Institute Web site at http://www.urban.org/exposing-housing-discrimination/

You can also read an article about the report and its findings at The Atlantic Cities.

HUD’s press release on the study and findings: RACIAL AND ETHNIC MINORITIES FACE MORE SUBTLE HOUSING DISCRIMINATION

Louisville HUD furlough day June 14

All HUD offices around the country, including the one in Louisville, will be closed on Friday, June 14, as part of sequestration budget cuts:

(from hud.gov)
HUD OFFICES TO CLOSE NATIONWIDE ON FRIDAY, JUNE 14TH
Seven furlough days to be paired with holidays & weekends to ease impact

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is notifying the public today that it will close its offices nationwide on Friday, June 14 as a result of government-wide automatic spending cuts that took effect on March 1, 2013. HUD will resume normal operation on Monday, June 17. We encourage those with business in HUD offices to plan accordingly.

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