Housing & Homelessness (News)
Judge questions legality of housing cap although suit is about building affordable homes
By Jeb Bing
In a three-hour hearing in Alameda County Superior Court Friday, Judge Frank Roesch sparred repeatedly with Pleasanton's legal representative Tom Brown over the city's 29,000-unit housing cap before taking a suit under advisement that claims the cap is illegal.
San Francisco city officials are working to address a court decision giving developers a major victory in the battle over whether they must provide affordable housing in new projects.
Legislation could be introduced at the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday related to a ruling the California Supreme Court let stand in the fall. The ruling prohibits cities from forcing developers to rent a percentage of units in new apartment buildings at rates affordable to people earning below the median income.
Berkeley -- The plan to sell off Berkeley's 75 public housing units is harmful to Berkeley's poor, elderly, and disabled population that fail to qualify for the Section 8 program, or meet the minimum income requirements to reside in so-called affordable housing units owned and operated by local non profit housing developers.
Recently the public housing residents of Berkeley received a shocking notice dated October 27, 2009 announcing that the Berkeley Housing Authority (BHA) is preparing to convert their public housing units into privately owned housing subsidized by Section 8 voucher rental assistance, and that their housing would be transferred to a local non profit housing developer.
Oakland - It's cold and wet. Dawn breaks, and the screams of a
howling cat in the distance sounds like a child abandoned in the
frigid cold of the night, begging for attention.
A raggedy looking homeless man recently near the entranceway of a
Lucky store in Oakland, is chased off by security a few evenings ago,
barely a moment after I had the pleasure of giving him a dollar, to
buy something to eat.
The Pleasanton City Council has finalized its decision two weeks ago to rezone 32 acres of commercial properties in the Hacienda Business Park for high-density residential use and at the same time established a task force to help shape the needs of any residential expansion before actual development plans are proposed.
HUD's proposals to create the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative program to replace the Hope VI program, is moving forward quickly.
The HOPE VI program has demolished around 155,000 public housing units since 1993, and only around 50,000 demolished units have been replaced with new public housing units.
The Obama administration & HUD is planning a new all out assault (5 year $1.25 billion plan) on poor neighborhoods across the nation, to displace the poor.