Policy Address 2020: Democrats slam Carrie Lam as prioritising development of China over Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s pro-democracy politicians have criticised the 2020 Policy Address as being geared towards the development of mainland China whilst ignoring the needs of Hong Kong people.The Democratic Party and Civic Party responded to the policy address on Wednesday, both slamming Chief Executive Carrie Lam over her plans to integrate Hong Kong into Guangdong’s Greater Bay Area.Wu Chi-wai, chairman of the Democratic Party, said that the address was not delivered for Hong Kong people, but for the Chinese government: “She thanked the Central government for their trust in her… you can’t see anything...
Hong Kong Free Press
What Joe Biden's victory could mean for SoCal housing
President-elect Joe Biden has detailed plans to help low-income renters, and first-time home buyers, that could make a difference for many Californians who face some of the highest home and rent prices in the nation.His progressive agenda was released before the election and there is no guarantee it will pass. The new president likely faces a divided Congress that could slow, or deny, approval of his housing strategy.Biden’s proposals, detailed on his campaign website, include new tenant protection, down payment assistance, community integration proposals and expansion of low-income housing cr...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Housing ‘super body’ hits ground running
Barely 10 months after we started full operations as Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), we reached another milestone with the establishment and subsequent inaugural meeting of the multi-agency National Human Settlements Board (NHSB).We can consider NHSB as a housing “super body,” having 10 other national government agencies on board and with DHSUD at the helm. The other 10 are the Department of Finance, Department of Budget and Management, the National Economic and Development Authority, the Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of the Interior and Loc...
Philippines Daily Inquirer
Miami's biggest condo developer is focusing on apartment rentals now. Here's why
MIAMI — The pivot quietly began five years ago.Back then, construction cranes dotted the downtown Miami skyline like the towering alien invaders in Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds.” The real estate industry had recovered from the 2009 recession and was bouncing back hard. Thousands of condos — many of them priced way beyond the reach of local residents — were being delivered or built, completing Brickell’s transformation from office district to dense residential neighborhood.But Steve Patterson, president and CEO of Related Development, the multifamily rental arm of the Related Group, sa...
An Obama-era rule forces mortgage lenders and housing providers to fix policies that cause racial disparities. Now advocates are fighting to keep it from being 'gutted'
In 2013, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development passed what’s known as the “disparate impact” rule to protect marginalized people from policies that deny them a fair shot at safe housing.Now, as the department seeks to change the rule and make it harder for accusers to make their housing disparity case, the National Fair Housing Alliance and other advocacy organizations have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to halt the change, just as it was set to go into effect Oct. 26. A judge temporarily stopped the change while the lawsuit moves forward.Fair housing advocates are concerned th...
Jay Ambrose: Hello Biden, goodbye suburbs
Give him victory and Joe Biden’s going to destroy suburbs.Under his guidance, the federal government will withhold Housing and Urban Development grants if suburbs don’t salute, deciding their future instead of local governments. Single-family zoning will likely disappear. Business districts will be built. There will be more mass transit and restrictions on uses of autos. High-density apartment buildings will be constructed. A major objective: Bring in minorities and poor people from cities even though they are already there.The concoction flows from the Fair Housing Act of 1968 outlawing segre...
Tribune News Service
Citing safety threats, Chinese researcher asks to be moved to new housing
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Citing “significant concerns” about the safety of the University of California, Davis Chinese researcher accused of lying about her ties to China’s military, her lawyers are asking a federal judge to let her move out of a Bay Area home where she is under house arrest and into an apartment.Dr. Juan Tang has been living since Sept. 10 in the home of Foster City attorney Steven Cui, an emigre from China who had never before met or spoken to Tang but offered to take her in to show that the U.S. justice system works fairly.A judge agreed to release Tang from the Sacramento Coun...
The Sacramento Bee
Signs of 'financial stress' emerge in survey of Twin Cities rent payers
MINNEAPOLIS — September was a more difficult month for working-class and low-income renters in the Twin Cities.With federal assistance in limbo, 85% of people who lived in the oldest, most affordable market-rate rentals (Class C buildings) were able to pay their rent by Oct. 6 when the grace period for late rents typically ends, according to the Minnesota Multi Housing Association’s monthly survey of more than 35,000 market-rate units, most of them in the metro. That’s down from 88% last month and 94% last year, and doesn’t include heavily subsidized and Section 8 rentals.Cecil Smith, presiden...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Is free speech dead? Chicago's Ellis Cose takes a clear-eyed look at that question in his new book
CHICAGO — Ellis Cose grew up in the Henry Horner Homes, a public housing project on the Near West Side of the city, near what was then Chicago Stadium, and the setting for local author Alex Kotlowitz’s compelling 1992 book “There Are No Children Here” (Doubleday), subtitled, as you may have forgotten, “The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America.”The Horner Homes are no longer around, razed to make way for what are now handsome townhouses and condominiums. Cose is around, having been a bright young man mentored by the great poet/teacher Gwendolyn Brooks. He made his mark as a youthfu...
Woman who survived cancer, a house fire, and husband's accident now uses cleaning to help others
PHILADELPHIA — Betty Dorsey knows all about overcoming obstacles. She’s gotten through breast cancer, her husband’s truck accident and resulting unemployment, and a house fire. Who knew all those hardships would eventually lead her to start her own business and become an author and mentor?The Chichester, Pa., resident has just published “Ready, Set, Go! Action Plan to a Clutter Free and Healthy Home Environment,” a guide she created in collaboration with the Chester Housing Authority. She became acquainted with the Authority in 2008, when she applied for and moved into CHA’s Housing Choice Vou...
The Philadelphia Inquirer