What to Make of This?
Public housing authorities are forming relationships with private health insurance companies—and private health insurance companies are investing in affordable housing. Read the story in Forbes.
Talking to Reporters Can Get You Evicted
A security officer at a Little Rock housing authority building prohibited a resident from speaking to a reporter, citing a lease agreement that bars media interviews. The security officer told the resident, adding that he risked eviction if he continued speaking to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reporter. Read the story in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
Is the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority on the Road to Privatizing Public Housing?
Defend Glendale and Public Housing is skeptical the city council’s resolution establishing “guiding principles in support of investments in public housing and the people who live there.” Read the story in Next City.
53-Year-Old Public Housing Discrimination Lawsuit May Be Nearing Resolution
The judge granted preliminary approval to the plan Friday afternoon. A notice will be sent Dec. 31 to all African-American public housing residents and applicants notifying them of the proposed settlement and listing their legal options, including writing to the court if they don’t think the agreement is fair. Read the full story at the Chicago Tribune.
Vermont Following Through on Affordable Housing Initiative
As a result of this housing bond, by the end of next year, hundreds of Vermont families will no longer live in overcrowded or deteriorated housing or face the threat of being without a home. Read the article at VPR (Vermont Public Radio).
Social Housing for All
Public housing in the UK was designed to build mixed communities and replace the appalling private-sector housing that plagued Britain in the twentieth century. Today the right in the UK insist that social housing should only ever be reserved for the very poorest. Here’s why that’s wrong, how it went wrong, and why social housing needs to be a promise of stable housing for anyone who wants it. Read the full article in Jacobin.
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