By Teresa Wiltz, Pew Stateline MCKINNEY, Texas — As a prospective tenant, B.R. Williams learned early on she needed a script to woo potential landlords: Mention her stellar rental history. Emphasize that Section 8 housing vouchers are “pro-landlord,” with most of the rent direct deposited each month. Always utter the magic words, “This is a no-fail system.” … [Read more...] about Getting a Section 8 Voucher Is Hard. Finding a Landlord Willing to Accept It Is Harder. (Pew Stateline)
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By Mattie Quinn, Governing Magazine Washington state is the latest jurisdiction to pass a law to protect low-income renters from housing discrimination. House Bill 2578, which will go into effect at the end of September, makes it illegal for landlords to reject applicants based on their use of public assistance, including Section 8, Social Security or veterans benefits. … [Read more...] about ‘Section 8 Need Not Apply’: States and Cities Outlaw Housing Discrimination (Governing Magazine)
By Hannah Lang, American Banker WASHINGTON — The Department of Housing and Urban Development on Monday took its first step toward overhauling a rule meant to guide local jurisdictions in how they comply with the Fair Housing Act. To the dismay of housing advocates, the Trump administration in January suspended the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, arguing that it … [Read more...] about HUD seeks to ease fair housing rule’s burden on local governments (American Banker)
By Angie Schmitt, StreetsBlogUSA When Interstate 81 was constructed in the 1960s, the elevated highway sliced through Syracuse’s 15th Ward, decimating a thriving black neighborhood. To this day, the highway is a blight on Syracuse, and the 15th Ward has never been the same. … [Read more...] about Building Highways Made Racial Segregation Worse. Can Removing Them Undo That Legacy? (StreetsBlogUSA)
By Rebecca Gale, HealthAffairs Housing mobility programs, which help people use housing vouchers to move from lower to higher opportunity neighborhoods, are associated with improved health and higher future earnings potential. … [Read more...] about Housing Mobility Programs And Health Outcomes (HealthAffairs)