Housing & Homelessness (News)

US on UN Hot Seat for Post-Katrina Racism

Submitted by Reporter on Fri, 02/22/2008 - 4:31pm

New Orleans and Gulf Coast Residents Present Case of Ethnic Cleansing to U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Thursday, February 21, 2008 (Geneva, Switzerland) . . . Today representatives of the United States government will face questioning by the United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (“CERD”) regarding housing assistance programs for predominantly African American displaced residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and

Governor allocates $73M to provide housing, jobs

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 02/21/2008 - 10:00pm
State receives federal grant to help retrain laid-off workers

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday unveiled a modest economic stimulus plan that targets two groups — mortgage industry workers laid off because of the subprime lending bust and people seeking affordable housing.

New Bill Could Protect SF's Rent Controlled Units

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 02/21/2008 - 10:00pm
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)  -- A new bill making its way through the California Senate would make it harder for landlords and developers to eliminate rent-controlled units from properties they own.

State Senator Carole Migden, who authored the bill, says the law would give local cities and counties the discretion to require property owners that demolish one or more rent-controlled units in a building to replace them with the same number of rent-controlled units.

Richmond may avoid budget cuts

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 02/21/2008 - 10:00pm
Finance director optimistic, touts strong financial position

Despite a depressed housing market and economy, the city of Richmond is expected to survive this fiscal year relatively unscathed and without budget cuts.

Conservative revenue estimates, improved financial controls and a healthy reserve have paved the way for the city's financial stability, Finance Director Jim Goins said.


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