Google does it again. Raising the bar and leading the way for other companies. Providing jobs also means providing affordable housing. The tech giant is teaming with Housing Trust Silicon Valley to back two affordable housing projects
This article discusses one of the challenges of affordable housing. Retaining existing housing means identifying money to repair and maintain those existing homes. Philadelphia’s Belinda Eldridge applied for a home repair grant that helped pay for her new roof, plumbing and electrical work.
This is an important initiative by the City of San Diego. In so many cities, as neighborhoods become gentrified, people can no longer afford to live there. Homeowners buy existing single-family homes and either tear them down and build lavish Read more…
It’s time for a little drama at Brenkle Court. The trusses for each unit’s roof were delivered a week ago. Trusses are a structural framework that will bridge the space above rooms and provide support for the roof. The trusses will be spaced at regular intervals across the top of each unit.
The Brenkle Court crew has been proud of our ability to stay on schedule despite COVID. We’ve been short-handed, as many of our homeowners work for wineries and have been working long hours in the grape harvest. We’ve also lost time to the tragic fire and dangerous air quality.
Getting the roof finished remains a priority
It’s been our goal to finish the roof before the rainy season. With the roof over our heads, we can continue to work through the winter without interruption.
In Hoboken, the 1988 Affordable Housing Ordinance (AHO) aims to counter the historical gentrification that has affected Hoboken’s diverse demographic. As with many communities, Hoboken is struggling to provide the affordable housing that will help it maintain its culture and diversity.
Ask a developer. Berkeley can be a notoriously difficult city in which to do business. Like many Bay Area cities, there are zoning issues, the Planning Commission, environmental impact studies and community resistance. And then there is the permit process. All of this requires a vision and endurance.
Stanford economist Raj Chetty found that children who moved to lower poverty neighborhoods saw their earnings as adults increase by approximately 31%, an increased likelihood of living in better neighborhoods as adults, and a lowered likelihood of becoming a single parent. Children living in stable, affordable homes are more likely to do well in school and have opportunities to learn outside the classroom.
Marisol was on Cuba’s national swim team. (pay attention: this is important). They never let her attend the international swim meets outside of Cuba because they were afraid she would defect due to her family and friends in the US. Nevertheless, Marisol made friends with her competitors from several countries when they came to the island, and those relationships would provide critical in her long journey to find a better life that didn’t include living under a dictator.
With the dramatic drop in income for countless people due to the COVID-19 pandemic, millions fell behind in their rent or mortgage payments. The federal government helped for a month or two. Now our cities and rural areas are filled with people in deep financial trouble, facing frightening consequences of not being able to make their monthly payments.