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  • AMAC: Homelessness Among Senior Citizens is a Form of “Elder Abuse”

    12/02/2017 8:23:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Association of Mature American Citizens ^ | November 30, 2017 | John Grimaldi
    Too many of America’s elderly are aging on the streets. They need our help. WASHINGTON, DC – Here’s a startling statistic from the Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD]: “the homeless population is aging faster than the general population in the United States.” Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC], calls it “a shameless embarrassment in a country with a tradition of helping the needy. Growing old is a condition we all have to live with. But too many of America’s elderly are aging on the streets. They need our help.” Weber points out that...
  • California Jobs and Housing

    11/24/2017 9:26:27 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 36 replies
    Palo Alto Daily News ^ | 11/24/17 | Anon
  • Bay Area residents seek the California dream — in Sacramento: Lower housing prices are the big draw

    11/19/2017 11:32:12 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 26 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 11/19/17 | Katy Murphy
    They laugh at it now — the conversation that set in motion their move to a city that neither of them had ever seen. “What about Sacramento?” Cat Perez asked her wife, Aja Blue. “What about Sacramento?” Blue responded. After a decade of renting in San Francisco and a brief stint in Los Angeles, Blue and Perez became part of a great migration to one of the last affordable urban areas in the state. Drawn by lower housing prices, Bay Area residents are pouring into California’s capital and its surrounding areas, trading a temperate climate for triple-digit summers; hustle-and-bustle for...

    11/17/2017 3:58:19 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Japan Today ^ | 2017/11/17 | Matthew Coslett
    SUICIDE SQUAD: REASONABLE RENT AND APARTMENT ‘INCIDENTS’ By Matthew Coslett hen visitors first come to Japan, there is a constant temptation to try and save money by cutting as many corners as possible. With relocation and transportation fees all stacking up, it can be galling to think about paying the ridiculous 敷金しききん (security deposit) and 礼金れいきん (“key money”) fees that most apartment owners want. One thing that foreigners attempt in an attempt to save cash is to stay in “incident apartments.” These are properties where bad things have happened. Due to their history, these apartments are often in convenient locations...
  • Rent-then-own tiny house village seeks to reinvent Detroit's low-income housing

    10/30/2017 3:18:30 PM PDT · by Jagermonster · 65 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 26, 2017 | Trevor Bach - Correspondent
    PATHS TO PROGRESS   Residents, who include formerly homeless people and those who were in foster care, pay low rent on houses that range from 250 to 400 square feet. After paying rent for seven years, they will be given the deeds to their homes. DETROIT—In 2013, when Keith McElvee got out of prison after a 12-year stint for a drug conviction, he returned to a neighborhood in northwest Detroit that he didn’t recognize. “This is like Beirut,” he thought. “Like a war zone.” Mr. McElvee is naturally gregarious and social-minded. Out of prison he struggled, but then found work...
  • Dallas Ranked No. 1 Place To Buy Rental Property In Business Insider Study

    10/25/2017 10:20:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Patch ^ | October 23, 2017 | Payton Potter
    From American Real Estate Investments: Business Insider ranked Dallas as the best place to buy a rental property. In cooperation with HomeUnion, Business Insider examined everything from the projected positive cash flow to the local economies to a detailed analysis of the local real estate market. The conclusion? Dallas is number one. Investing in a rental property is distinctly different than owning a home or doing a fix and flip. Rental properties are a long-term investment. They need specific market conditions that minimize the risk of vacancy and maximize cash flow and appreciation. Business Insider and HomeUnion found that the...
  • Now you can buy a small house on Amazon

    10/21/2017 11:44:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The New York Post ^ | October 20, 2017 | Leah Bitsky
    Need a house? Just click your mouse three times and say “There’s no place like home.” A building company is now selling actual houses on Amazon that anyone can purchase online–but they are not your average humble abode. The tiny houses, sold by MODS International, are fashioned out of shipping containers and are each 320 square feet, according to Apartment Therapy. Despite their shortcomings, the homes seem rather luxurious inside.....
  • Poll: Most Would Welcome New Amazon Headquarters

    10/17/2017 2:18:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Morning Consult ^ | October 17, 2017 | Joanna Piacenza
    U.S. adults disregard potential negative impact of Amazon's presence Time is running out for cities to submit their bids to become Inc.’s second home. The tech giant announced plans last month to open up a second headquarters — and its hunt for a host city. Bids from metropolitan areas are due Thursday. There are plenty of willing contestants: Mayors across the country have launched viral-worthy campaigns enticing Amazon to choose their cities, with the winner set to be announced sometime in 2018. A Sept. 29-Oct. 1 Morning Consult survey found that 72 percent of a national sample of 2,201...
  • How to Make Private Investment in Infrastructure Really Work

    10/15/2017 10:58:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    Citylab ^ | October 9, 2017 | William Murray
    During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump—like his opponent Hillary Clinton—spoke glowingly about infrastructure spending, alluding to Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration and Dwight Eisenhower’s Interstate Highway System as examples of how spending on roads, bridges and airports helped unite the country. For 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers has given America’s infrastructure an overall grade of D+, estimating it would cost more than $4 trillion to upgrade properly. But President Trump’s $1 trillion dollar, 10-year infrastructure plan has so far moved along at a halting pace. This tortoise-like process may offer an opportunity to think more strategically about...
  • Champion projects 200 jobs at new Vernon plant (Louisiana)

    10/09/2017 9:10:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Leesville Daily Leader ^ | October 9, 2017 | Jim Butler
    The Vernon Parish Police Jury on Monday approved Champion Home Builders for participation in the parish’s ad valorem tax exemptions under the industrial tax exemption program, clearing the way for a $1.3 million plant to build manufactured homes in Leesville. Jury President Jim Tuck said Champion plans to create 200 new direct jobs at the plant in Northside Industrial Park. “I am very proud for the City of Leesville, as well as the surrounding communities,” Leesville Mayor Rick Allen said. “The jobs that this company will provide are desperately needed. We have worked to lease the Industrial Park, not to...
  • Resident-Led Grassroots Organizations Springing up in Cities Around US Against Agenda

    10/09/2017 5:14:48 AM PDT · by davikkm · 3 replies
    IWB ^ | Thinker
    City Councils Taking Land from the People for Profit – U.N. Agenda 21 Generating Mass Homelessness across America? Resident-led grassroots organizations are springing up in cities around the country. In 2016, activists against gentrification shut down the Bay Bridge and disrupted a council meeting in Oakland while voters overwhelmingly approved a measure to expand tenant protections. Outside well-known hubs of activism, the “renter nation” movement has won similar policy changes and exposed backroom deals by corrupt city officials. Landlords say tenants are being misled into illegal or extreme tactics such as rent strikes that will only make it harder for...
  • Chicago-based Z Modular to create 100 jobs with new Birmingham facility (Alabama)

    10/05/2017 12:13:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Alabama Newscenter ^ | October 4, 2017 | Michael Tomberlin
    A Chicago-based company will open a Birmingham plant, creating 100 jobs. Zekelman Industries said its Z Modular division will take the 106,000-square-foot former O’Neal Steel building in Valley East Industrial Park. It will be the first U.S. manufacturing plant for the company formed less than a year ago from VectorBloc Corp., Z Modular Fabrication and Connexio Building Systems Inc. “The city of Birmingham is proud to welcome Z Modular to our community,” Birmingham Mayor William Bell said. “This company represents the future of the construction industry. Z Modular choosing our region for its first U.S. plant signifies Birmingham’s importance to...
  • International Trade Commission finds injury in solar industry dispute

    09/22/2017 9:01:58 PM PDT · by familyop · 1 replies
    UPI, United Press International ^ | Sept. 22, 2017 | Brooks Hays
    Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The International Trade Commission has found injury in a suit filed by Suniva and SolarWorld, a pair of struggling, foreign-owned, U.S.-based solar cell companies who claim foreign imports have unfairly harmed their bottom lines. ITC judges voted four to zero to advance the suit into the remedy phase. While it's not yet clear what the commission will recommend, the two companies have requested a tariff of 40 cents per watt for foreign-made solar cells, as well as a price floor for solar cells manufactured in the United States. Such a remedy, should it be granted by...
  • Northern Virginia Counties Not Happy With State Changes to Zoning Laws

    09/11/2017 7:35:59 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    Planetizen ^ | 11 September 2017 | James Brasuell
    Suburban housing construction has ground to a halt in Northern Virginia, according to county officials from the region, due to a law that changed the state's proffer system. "New home development has slowed across Northern Virginia since new rules kicked in last summer limiting what public infrastructure developers were allowed to pay for as part of new construction projects," reports Max Smith. That assessment was delivered by elected officials from around the region attending a meeting on the subject earlier this week. Officials from Loudon, Fairfax, and Prince Williams counties agree that housing construction has slowed since the law took...
  • Steve Harvey Teams with Ben Carson on HUD Project Despite ‘Vicious’ Anti-Trump Backlash

    09/05/2017 10:15:13 AM PDT · by DFG · 12 replies
    breitbart ^ | 09/05/2017 | DANIEL NUSSBAUM
    TV star Steve Harvey is apparently pressing ahead with his commitment to help the Trump administration on its Housing and Urban Development initiatives despite the fierce backlash he received for meeting with then-President-elect Trump in January. In an extensive interview with the Hollywood Reporter published Tuesday, the comedian and Family Feud host revealed that he has been meeting with HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson to discuss building what he called “vision centers” in New York City, to teach STEM subjects and computer programming to children.
  • Why Universities Are Phasing Out Luxury Dorms

    08/26/2017 12:35:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | August 21, 2017 | Jeffrey Selingo
    When I was a college freshman in the early 1990s, I lived in a dorm that was as sterile as a hospital room, a 193-square-foot box with white cinderblock walls that I shared with two other guys. The bathroom was also shared—with an entire floor. Such basic living quarters greeted generations of college students before me. For much of the history of American higher education, dorms and other student amenities—from dining halls to recreational centers—were an afterthought to the primary business of campus planning: grand academic buildings. In fact, in the 1840s, the president of Brown University described dorm life...
  • Interchange project expected to trigger economic boom for Pocatello area

    08/25/2017 7:18:36 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Idaho State Journal ^ | August 16, 2017 | Shelbie Harris
    Local entities involved in the proposed Interstate 15 Siphon Road interchange signed off this week on plans to start construction on a project expected to dramatically increase the Pocatello area’s population and greatly improve the local economy. Those behind the effort to build the interchange say that with its construction, the area north of Pocatello and Chubbuck will see massive development in the future, including a technology park employing thousands of people, shopping centers, dozens of new neighborhoods, parks, trails and even new concert venues. But before such unheralded growth can occur, the interchange needs to be built. While the...
  • Baby boomers are refusing to sell and will age like a fine wine in their homes.

    08/15/2017 6:42:18 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 138 replies
    Older Americans own half of the houses in the market. Many are simply refusing to sell and others have adult “kids” moving back in since they can’t afford a place to rent or buy. It is a Catch 22 and many people are looking at countries like Italy where the number of adults that live at home is enormous. Multi-generational families just don’t coincide with the “rugged American” worldview where you go out on your own and you make it with your own two hands. Of course, many house humpers had mom and dad chip in but that doesn’t make...
  • Seattle approves ordinance to stop landlords from using criminal records to screen tenants

    08/15/2017 9:01:38 AM PDT · by PROCON · 55 replies ^ | Aug. 15, 2017 | Michelle Esteban
    SEATTLE - The Seattle City Council voted 8 to 0 to prohibit landlords from using criminal records to screen prospective tenants. The only exception to the new ordinance are sex offenders. City leaders and supporters of the measure; 'Fair Chance Housing Ordinance' insist its goal is to reduce housing discrimination and barriers. Inside Seattle Council Chambers there was overwhelming support for a measure. In short, it will restrict how landlords can use arrest and conviction records to exclude prospective renters. Seattle landlords will no longer be able to ask about criminal records, pending charges, juvenile records or any arrest record...
  • 'Not dead, just changing': What the future holds for the American mall

    08/13/2017 10:16:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    RetailDIVE ^ | May 3, 2017 | Lara Ewen
    If the mall killed Main Street, then this must be Main Street’s moment for schadenfreude. Real Estate Investment Trust stocks have dropped 18% in the past year, Bloomberg recently reported, and while mall executives would prefer to see the current decline as a transformative period rather than a death knell, that may be wishful thinking. Not all malls are created equal, of course. A-class malls are thriving, due to a premier selection of retail and restaurant tenants that successfully target the affluent communities they serve. However, B and C-class malls are struggling to find customers and keep tenants, as anchor...