Housing & Homelessness (News)

Judge Calls Pleasanton Housing Cap Illegal

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 03/17/2010 - 12:24pm
PLEASANTON, Calif. (AP) ― An Alameda County Judge says the city of Pleasanton's voter-approved cap on the number of residences in the city violates state law and must be changed.

Voters had approved a ballot measure in 1996 capping the number of residences in the Silicon Valley city at 29,000. The city now has more than 27,000.

Council delays response to court ruling invalidating Pleasanton's housing cap

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 03/17/2010 - 12:07pm

Ruling bars city from issuing building permits to commercial builders, but gives home builders freeer rein

The Pleasanton City Council delayed any action last night in response to an Alameda County court ruling that invalidated the city's 14-year-old housing cap.

The ruling immediately halted all commercial building in Pleasanton after Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch determined that the cap, which had limited the total number of homes and apartments allowed to be built in the city to no more than 29,000 units, violates state law and is invalid.

Berkeley Housing Authority’s shady operations

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 03/11/2010 - 4:21pm

Berkeley – According to documents recently released online by the Office of the City Manager in Berkeley, the Berkeley Housing Authority (BHA) may receive kickbacks from a local non-profit housing developer in a scheme to privatize, revitalize and sell off its public housing. The scheme involves a vice president of consultant ICF International.

Selling Food Stamps for Kid’s Shoes

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 02/26/2010 - 4:30pm

Unable to find jobs, kicked off welfare, women in Connecticut are forced to sell food assistance to buy basic necessities. Research support was provided by The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. Additional research by Juell Stewart.
Food StampsSince she was 16, Eva Hernández has worked a string of low-wage jobs. She’s prepared chicken at KFC, run the register at Dunkin Donuts, packed and sealed boxes at a produce company, and held other similar jobs in Hartford, Connecticut, where she was born and raised. These jobs haven’t paid enough for Eva, now 28, to support herself and her two young daughters. So for almost three years in the last decade, she’s relied on welfare to supplement her income. Most of the time, though, she’s simply found another low-wage job, a task that in this economy is proving almost impossible.

MTC Pledges $10 Million for New Affordable Housing Fund

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 02/26/2010 - 11:05am
OAKLAND, Calif.-- It makes good sense to place compact, affordable housing at transit hubs, and now the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is giving a substantial financial boost to the cause. MTC today approved a commitment of up to $10 million through its Transportation for Livable Communities program to help establish a new revolving loan fund to finance land acquisition for affordable housing development in select locations near rail and bus lines throughout the Bay Area.


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