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    It is a nearly 500-page bill that contains dozens of issues related to social and health services in Minnesota. Many issues have bipartisan support. But if there is not an agreement between Senate Republicans and House DFLers on the big issues in what is known as the Health and Human Services omnibus bill, many of those smaller agreements are at risk. Conference committees have been trying to work out differences but legislative leaders have made clear that not all omnibus bills will be resolved by next Sunday’s adjournment. If agreed-upon sections can’t be pulled out into a mini-omnibus or passed individually before session ends, they will be put off for next year. One of those seemingly agreed-upon issues is a small change to a housing support program that comes with a relatively small price tag but that could help nearly 4,000 low-income senior residents and people with disabilities, including veterans. The purpose is to help move people out of homeless shelters and to help transition people being released from treatment facilities. Currently, people who get monthly disability support checks from...
    As Bay Area cities twist into knots to manage bold housing goals and navigate a recent state law allowing more suburban housing, a new survey shows surprising support for more and denser development. About 84% of San Jose metro residents and 79% of San Francisco and East Bay residents support accessory dwelling units or small, multifamily projects in suburban neighborhoods, according to a Zillow survey. Support is strong from homeowners — 82% in San Jose and 73% in San Francisco — and rises to nearly 90% among Bay Area renters. Still, support narrows to about 60% when homeowners were asked if they would allow it in their neighborhood. A scorching housing market, with U.S. home values rising by nearly 20% last year, has alerted communities about the national housing shortage, said Manny Garcia, population scientist at Zillow. “The Bay Area is really an extreme example of what the rest of the country is waking up to,” Garcia said. “This is becoming much more a nationwide challenge.” The survey comes as California cities and counties are battling over long-term residential development plans...
    Airbnb announced Monday that it will provide "free, short-term housing" to up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees as Russia's invasion of the country persists. The stays will be paid for by Airbnb, Inc., the Airbnb.org Refugee Fund, and "the generosity of Hosts through Airbnb.org." if you’re interested in hosting a refugee or donating, go here: https://t.co/Ts3GNEfYFS https://t.co/4QAbWUtzVj— Airbnb (@Airbnb) February 28, 2022 "We know that Hosts and guests on Airbnb around the world will be eager to stand up and assist this massive effort to help those fleeing Ukraine," the company said in a statement. "In the coming days, Airbnb and Airbnb.org will share additional details on how Hosts and the broader community can support this initiative, including by offering free or discounted stays." ZELENSKY ASKS EU TO PUT UKRAINE MEMBERSHIP ON FAST TRACK refugees fleeing ukraine who are in need of immediate support can get connected to available resources from @Refugees: https://t.co/MVXuEdSGmk— Airbnb (@Airbnb) February 28, 2022 According to the company, a number of its top executives sent a letter to the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new program in Minnesota is helping families in need so they don’t have to give up their pets. A $125,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to the Animal Humane Society is making it possible. The funds will provide some temporary relief for families temporarily out of their homes. Pets receive up to 60 days free housing and preventative care, including sterilizations and vaccines. “When folks are in that desperate situation of crisis, we know that they also need their support systems, which for those of us with companion animals, I think we’re quick to say our support system includes our pets,” Anne Gass of AHS said. “We can provide the temporary care while the humans are getting through that crisis, finding their long-term housing. We can provide the temporary care and that safe haven, and at the end of that timeframe we’re able to reunite the pet with their family.” Families will receive regular updates on their pet’s health and wellness. If a pet has housing with a friend of family, the Humane Society can support the...
    NORTHGLENN, Colo. (CBS4) – The Denver Rescue Mission is staffing a pilot housing program in Northglenn. CBS4 first reported on this in December, when the Northglenn City Council approved a plan to use the old Recreation Center building as a temporary shelter in an effort to transition some people experiencing homelessness into stable housing. Two months in and the program is going well. (credit CBS) Tammy has lived on the street on and off for most of her adult life. The latest stint lasted 2-years. “Not knowing where you’re going to sleep at night, how you’re going to stay warm, or even eat or whatever, it’s kind of hard to focus on anything,” she told CBS4. The Winter Housing Program gave Tammy the time, space, and stability she needed to focus on moving forward. City of Northglenn hosts the program, so members of the City’s Crisis Response Team vet and refer people for the program. “The Winter Housing is a housing program for people who are experiencing homelessness, and who are also connected with a place of employment,” said Jessica...
    Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) said Sunday he cannot support the $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill in its current form. Warner, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, told Axios the proposal falls short in its effort to alleviate alleged racial inequalities in housing. The Virginia Democrat seeks to add more funding for housing assistance. “As currently written, this proposal falls short,” Warner said in a statement to Axios. Warner helped craft the $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill and has concerns with the $600 million fund for first-time homebuyers. NEW: Sen. Mark Warner warned that he could vote against the $3.5 trillion budget package if more money isn’t added for housing assistance to close the racial wealth gap, Axios has learned.https://t.co/wEdaH3Lo3q — Axios (@axios) September 12, 2021 He added, “I will be working in the Senate to make the American dream of homeownership and wealth creation more accessible to historically disadvantaged communities.” Warner continued, “We have an obligation to use this historic investment to address longstanding inequities of power and opportunity that have left Black families with an average net worth one-tenth the...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh announced his support for housing discrimination protections. Frosh joined a coalition of 23 attorneys urging the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to reinstate a 2013 rule that protects people from housing discrimination. READ MORE: Maryland Department Of Agriculture Accepting Grant Proposals For Farms & Families Program “When the previous administration upended the disparate impact rule, it weakened protections against housing discrimination under the Fair Housing Act,” said Attorney General Frosh. “We should work toward eliminating discrimination in housing, not erecting new barriers for people of color and the disabled.” The disparate impact rule was originally established in 2013 under the Fair Housing Act. It would protect consumers against housing and lending practices that harm people bases on race, color, religion, sex, disability and familial status. READ MORE: Charging Documents Reveal Gruesome Details Of Mother Jamerria Halls Alleged Killing Of Her Two Children Officials are looking to re-establish the rule and revoke the 2020 “unlawful” replacement which had serious legal defects, failed to provide specific protections for people who were being...
    SEBASTOPOL (CBS SF) – Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a $12 billion funding package for housing and homelessness Monday, the largest such investment in sheltering and supporting homeless residents in the state’s history. The funding, which will be used over the next two years, will support efforts across the state to spur housing construction and the expansion of mental health services at the local level. The state will use $5.8 billion of the funding to convert more than 42,000 hotel and motel rooms into housing units specifically for homeless residents and people struggling with severe mental health conditions. The state launched the hotel room conversion program, known as Homekey, last year in a partnership with the federal government that enabled the state to reimburse the costs of acquiring hotel and motel properties. Speaking at a Homekey site in Sebastopol, Newsom acknowledged that the state’s strategies in recent years to help homeless residents get off the streets have been failures. “The state of California, with all due respect, has been nowhere to be found on the issue of homelessness for far too...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There’s an update on the more than 200 families who were displaced by an April fire at their apartment building in Jackson Heights, Queens. Emergency housing in hotel rooms provided by the city is set to expire on June 20. READ MORE: Residents Displaced By Queens Apartment Fire In April On The Verge Of Being Kicked Out Of City-Funded Hotels Friday, a spokesperson for the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development said families who still need help after the deadline should contact them for further support, releasing the following statement: “In the immediate aftermath of the fire, HPD worked with the American Red Cross to extend hotel stays for an additional two months to offer households more time to find alternative housing in or near their current community. HPD also provides relocation assistance, and has referred several families to affordable housing options already. We are asking households not registered with our Emergency Housing Services to please do so to receive further support.”   MORE NEWS: ‘We Have Nothing:’ Hundreds Without Homes After Devastating Fire At...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott announced $9,650,000 in funding to support the Housing Upgrades to Benefit Seniors (HUBS) initiative. It will help provide home modifications, repairs and services for older adults. “The HUBS collaborative approach towards helping Baltimore homeowners age in place is a great example of city government working efficiently to improve the well-being of our older adults,” said Scott. “This $3.5 million investment from Baltimore City combined with additional support from committed partners will allow seniors to age independently within the comfort and security of their own communities.” Senior homeowners in Baltimore interested in the HUBS program can contact the HUBS Hotline for intake at 443-470-9871. HUBS is also accepting referrals through the City of Baltimore’s Department of Housing & Community Development Neighborly online application portal.
    The U.S. Navy has disciplined an officer for calling enlisted sailors 'hatchet-wielding perverts' and 'deviants' who posed a risk to his family in a typo-ridden letter. The letter was signed by 'Lt. Nathanael Allison, PhD', who wrote that he had been given orders to live in Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan for the next three years. The disciplinary action against the officer comes after an investigation was opened last week when the letter was circulated on social media. In the letter, Allison said he was willing to pay for his family to live in a hotel rather than have them staying in enlisted housing, Task & Purpose, which obtained a copy of the letter, reported last week. Pictured: An aerial image of the the USS Ronald Reagan arriving at the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan, in 2017. The U.S. Navy has disciplined an officer for calling enlisted sailors 'hatchet-wielding perverts' and 'deviants' who posed a risk to his family in a typo-ridden letter after he was ordered to live at the base for a year Allison alleged that the enlisted quarters were...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Healthier forests would help curb droughts In “Dry weather has officials asking for customers’ help,” (Page B1, March 17) it’s strange that officials continue to ignore the important role of our forests, where the bulk of our state water arrives as rain, snow or hail. Trees there store that water in the forest earth, filter it and supply small and large waterways downstream. They also are critical allies for carbon dioxide absorption and oxygen production, thus buffering climate change. Since the public may be asked to limit water usage in this recurrent drought emergency, citizens should tell Gov. Gavin Newsom, their legislators and the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection that it’s time to prohibit the ecologically destructive timber harvest called clear-cutting and mandate selective forestry practices. Robert Moncrieff Monte Sereno COVID chaos makes planning impossible The COVID-19 vaccination situation is atrocious. I am eligible but cannot find an appointment anywhere. The websites do not have any information about how or when or if...
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Support for bills to encourage community investment in housing and funding more units are among the short-term goals of a council tasked with addressing broad issues around housing affordability and stability, according to its report submitted to Gov. Chris Sununu. Sununu created the Council on Housing Stability last month after state police cleared a homeless encampment outside a courthouse in Manchester. It represents a revamping of the existing Interagency Council on Homelessness and has been instructed to update the state’s homelessness plan. The council submitted its report to Sununu on Monday. It set goals to be accomplished as early as Jan. 30, 2021, such as supporting failed bills from the last legislative session on expanding the use of tax increment finance districts and relief programs to create more workforce housing across New Hampshire. Sununu said he instructed teams within state agencies to move forward with recommendations that can be taken immediately through executive action, including an application for a federal waiver to support services to assist individuals and families in getting and obtaining housing by May...
    The Home Depot Foundation and Habitat for Humanity recently announced the extension of their long-standing partnership, which has served more than 1,400 U.S. military veterans and their families. The Home Depot Foundation is granting more than $2 million to Habitat’s Repair Corps program to build, repair or rehabilitate veteran homes. The Home Depot Foundation has funded home repairs through Habitat for Humanity’s Repair Corps program for the past nine years and is also the premier sponsor of the 2021 Habitat on the Hill legislative conference, an annual opportunity for Habitat homeowners, staff and advocates to meet with Congressional representatives in Washington and address the policies and systems that hinder access to safe and affordable housing. “For over a decade, The Home Depot Foundation has been a catalyst in ensuring decent, stable housing is available for some of our most vulnerable communities,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Safe and affordable housing provides households with more financial freedom, independence, stability, and security. With the Foundation’s support, we’re able to partner with more families to build...
    Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden touted Wall Street’s support for his candidacy against President Trump at Thursday night’s presidential debate in Nashville, Tennessee. “Right now, by the way, Wall Street firms indicated that my plan, my plan will in fact create 18.6 million jobs — seven million more than his. This is from Wall Street,” Biden said. “And I’ll create $1 trillion in economic growth than his proposal does.” Wall Street, and specifically Goldman Sachs, is bankrolling Biden’s campaign to defeat Trump’s economic nationalist agenda on November 3. A recent CNBC analysis revealed Wall Street has donated more than $50 million to Biden’s campaign this election cycle, and CNN has noted that “all the big banks” are backing Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). Fact Check: Joe Biden’s Presidential Campaign Is Bankrolled by Wall Streethttps://t.co/cP6nwtm4Lk — John Binder ???? (@JxhnBinder) October 23, 2020 Most recently, Biden accepted a $200,000 donation from a former Goldman Sachs executive who profited from the housing crash. Likewise, Biden has taken nearly 200 contributions from employees at Goldman Sachs — including contributions of nearly $50,000 to $55,000 from the bank’s top executives. Biden...
    DENVER (CBS4) – A bill that would ensure $2 million to keep people in their homes and off the streets by providing rental assistance, housing vouchers and utility assistance made it past the first reading at a Denver City Council meeting Monday. Under the same bill, an additional $650,000 would be put toward homeless outreach and proposed safe encampment sites.    “Winter is coming and this is more urgent than ever,” said Councilwoman Kendra Black. “We know that the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a lot of people losing their housing and that is not something we want to see.”    A bill would make a rescission from General Fund Contingency, making an appropriation in the General Fund, and make a cash transfer $2,650,000 of to the Coronavirus Emergency Response Special Revenue Fund to support Denver housing needs exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
”We know a lot of people are living in tents, especially downtown, and we need more outreach workers to connect them with shelters and resources,” Black said.    A chunk of the...
    Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden is touting Wall Street’s support for his $640 billion housing plan that would force low-income, multi-family housing developments into America’s suburban communities. During a visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin — where the Black Lives Matter organization and members of Antifa have led riots for weeks — Biden told supporters that Wall Street supports his housing plan because it “will increase the GDP.” “And by the way, it’s not a waste of money. Even the folks on Wall Street point out that will increase the GDP, make it grow,” Biden said of the plan. “People will do better, people will do better.” Biden’s housing plan, as Breitbart News has noted, would implement an unprecedented expansion of Section 8 housing vouchers while requiring that local communities abolish strict zoning laws in order to become eligible for certain federal grants. The plan provides a $300 million investment “to give states and localities the technical assistance and planning support they need to eliminate exclusionary zoning policies and other local regulations that contribute to sprawl.” Communities unwilling to eliminate their zoning...
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