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Axios Nashville: Proposal Would Amend Metro Nashville Charter To Protect Affordable Housing At Fairgrounds

Axios Nashville, February 22, 2024, Proposal Would Amend Metro Nashville Charter To Protect Affordable Housing At Fairgrounds A new proposal would change the Metro charter by swapping out auto racing for affordable housing on the list of required programming at the fairgrounds property. Why it matters: The proposal tests the popularity of auto racing at the […]

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WBUR: 20 Landlords, Property Companies Sued For Discrimination By Housing Watchdog

WBUR, February 21, 2024, 20 Landlords, Property Companies Sued For Discrimination By Housing Watchdog A nonprofit housing watchdog group is suing 20 Boston-area property companies and real estate brokers for allegedly discriminating against low-income tenants. The lawsuit, brought by the Lawyers for Civil Rights and Handley Farah & Anderson on behalf of the group Housing

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Tampa Bay Times: This Private Equity Firm Built A Tampa Bay Rental Empire

Tampa Bay Times, February 14, 2024, This Private Equity Firm Built A Tampa Bay Rental Empire A townhouse overlooking a pond in Clearwater. A brand-new two-story house in a Brandon subdivision, filled with identical buildings. A yellow brick bungalow in Tampa. The homes look strikingly different and are miles apart. But they have a key

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WTOP: Seven-Figure Home Sales Now Make Up 20% Of The DC Housing Market

WTOP, February 21, 2024, Seven-Figure Home Sales Now Make Up 20% Of The DC Housing Market In January, 20.42% of the homes on the market in the DC metro were priced at $1.5 million or more, and 14.5% were priced between $1.5 million and $2.5 million, according to Long & Foster’s monthly luxury insights report. More

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: CFPB Report Finds Large Banks Charge Higher Credit Card Interest Rates than Small Banks and Credit Unions

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, February 16, 2024, CFPB Report Finds Large Banks Charge Higher Credit Card Interest Rates than Small Banks and Credit Unions The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reported on the first set of results from the newly updated Terms of Credit Card Plans survey. The survey data reveal that large banks are offering worse credit

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Who Makes Cents?: A History Of Capitalism Podcast: Tim Keogh On Suburban Poverty And The Roots Of Postwar Inequality

Who Makes Cents?: A History Of Capitalism Podcast, February 2024, Tim Keogh On Suburban Poverty And The Roots Of Postwar Inequality In 2022, roughly one in 10 suburban residents lived in poverty (9.6%), compared to about one in six in primary cities (16.2%), according to a recent study by the Brookings Institute. The issue of

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Axios: Health Care Workers Say Patient Discrimination Is A Big Problem

Axios, February 16, 2024, Health Care Workers Say Patient Discrimination Is A Big Problem More than half of health care workers say racial discrimination against patients is a major problem or crisis, while nearly half report seeing it happen in their own workplaces, according to a large national survey. Why it matters: It’s well-documented how racism in health care

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Planetizen: Research: Housing First Works

Planetizen, February 16, 2024, Research: Housing First Works Despite recent opinions that the homelessness response model known as Housing First is too expensive and inefficient, a report from the Urban Institute asserts that “Misconceptions about Housing First ignore decades of evidence of its effectiveness.” According to the report, “Randomized controlled trials in the US and Canada have

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Reuters: US Single-Family Housing Starts Fall In January; Permits Rise

Reuters, February 16, 2024, US Single-Family Housing Starts Fall In January; Permits Rise Single-family housing starts, which account for the bulk of homebuilding, dropped 4.7% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.004 million units last month, the Commerce Department’s Census Bureau said on Friday. Data for December was revised up to show single-family starts

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Stateline: Governments Can Erase Your Medical Debt For Pennies On The Dollar–And Some Are

Stateline, February 13, 2024, Governments Can Erase Your Medical Debt For Pennies On The Dollar–And Some Are Medical debt is the leading cause of bankruptcies in the United States, and more than 2 in 5 American adults have some. In many cases, the money people owe to health care providers forces them to cut spending

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The Guardian: US Unions Target The Housing Affordability Crisis as Their ‘Biggest Issue’

The Guardian, February 16, 2024, US Unions Target The Housing Affordability Crisis as Their ‘Biggest Issue’ Housing has been a big issue in the recent rolling strikes by thousands of Los Angeles hotel workers. In Oregon, 400 Yamhill county government employees went on strike in November because, the union said, “many workers are not able to afford housing”.

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The New York Times: Mayor Adams Is Sued Over Failure To Comply With New Housing Laws

The New York Times, February 15, 2024, Mayor Adams Is Sued Over Failure To Comply With New Housing Laws The Legal Aid Society sued Mayor Eric Adams on Wednesday for not complying with new laws meant to address rising homelessness and the influx of tens of thousands of migrants. In the coming days, the City

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Boston.com: ‘We Need Housing’: Healey Tells Milton To Approve Multifamily Zoning

Boston.com, February 14, 2024, ‘We Need Housing’: Healey Tells Milton To Approve Multifamily Zoning Gov. Maura Healey is urging voters in Milton to vote yes during a special town election, which was rescheduled from Tuesday to Wednesday due to the letdown snowstorm. The town-wide vote will determine if Milton’s zoning bylaws will change to be compliant with the state’s MBTA

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NBC News: ‘I Was Terrified’: Black Women May Prefer Black OB-GYNs Due TO Fear Of Discrimination, Dying During Pregnancy

NBC News, February 14, 2024, ‘I Was Terrified’: Black Women May Prefer Black OB-GYNs Due TO Fear Of Discrimination, Dying During Pregnancy Fear of discrimination and dying during pregnancy and childbirth may lead pregnant Black women to prefer seeing a Black obstetrician, a small study suggests.  Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill conducted a series

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Next City: The People Who Enable Thriving Affordable Housing Communities

Next City, February 15, 2024, The People Who Enable Thriving Affordable Housing Communities We’re falling behind in a host of crucial areas, from health care and nutrition to child care and senior care. Without these services, we see senior citizens struggling to make do, children unprepared to thrive in school, poor health outcomes for people of

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