After decades of mostly steady increases, the relative affordability that drew him to the area had disappeared. Housing prices in Bonner County jumped 57% in the last year alone and made the median sale price of a home $600,000 in June, according to Redfin.
In Minneapolis, they’re bringing back rooming houses to ease the city’s housing shortage problems and help stabilize people who are homeless or on the brink of it.
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Rather than building one affordable housing complex along 79th Street, developers will, instead, split the project in two. One building is slated for 79th and Green, and the other on 79th and Halsted. There will be space allocated for parking and retail space will be available on the first floor.
“A roof over your head at a price you can afford is the goal of this housing package,” Gloria said. “Whether you’re a senior who has lived in San Diego for decades or you’re a student getting an education from one of our world-class universities, I want to make sure that there is a future for you here.
One problem with the bill is that overriding local zoning cannot be Sacramento’s lone scheme for achieving affordability — because, unfortunately, it will not have the intended outcome. Affordable housing development is only attractive where land values are economical and adequate financial subsidies are available.
Experts say housing instability could worsen education, health and other trajectories for children in affected families. The housing affordability crisis that’s hitting chunks of the United States could have implications far into the future. Experts say while housing instability is pressuring families in this moment, it could change education, health Read more…
Seattle passed legislation allowing extra density for housing built on sites owned or controlled by religious institutions. It will also require the housing to charge below-market rents.
Housing, as a social policy, is something that’s been litigated—and re-litigated—for decades, and quite vigorously so. And that’s because it matters, deeply, on an individual level how we frame the discourse. If we bolster the homes themselves, then we, in turn, support the people inside them—for whom these buildings are far more than just a roof and four walls.
A year of Covid means that we’ve learned to work, shop, learn and recreate virtually. The result is empty office buildings, hotels and malls. We desperately need more housing, especially affordable housing, so it’s only logical to convert those empty structures into housing. But zoning laws are standing in the way of making an easy building conversion.