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
Upper West Side Saga Exposes City’s Ongoing Failures on Housing and Homelessness
Mayor de Blasio addressing housing plans (photo: Edwin J. Torres/Mayoral Photography Office)New York City’s recent refusal to stand up to wealthy Upper West Siders is just another instance in an unending pattern of failures on housing and homelessness.The saga of the Lucerne is emblematic of the interplay between the powerful and the powerless in New York City. In an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, the de Blasio administration (after fierce advocacy from the Homeless Can’t Stay Home campaign) moved thousands of unhoused people from crowded shelters where social distancing is impossibl...
The Gotham Gazette
Susan Tompor: College borrowers aren't always seeing COVID-19 relief. Here's why
When you know a tiny bit about something, you can walk around in a fog that throws your finances for a total loop.And so begins the story on coronavirus relief efforts and student loan debt.Increasingly, consumer advocates report hearing from student loan borrowers who haven’t paid a dime on their college loans since March and believe that they’re in perfectly fine shape. They’ve heard about all the student loan breaks that now run through the end of December.And the big money trip wire?Tucked in their basket of debt, they’re dealing with a hot mess of student loans that aren’t covered by coro...
Detroit Free Press
Miami-Dade is one storm away from a housing catastrophe. Nearly 1 million people are at risk
MIAMI — As the tail end of one of the most active hurricane seasons in history nears, Miami-Dade County appears once again poised to emerge unscathed. The region dodged hurricanes and tropical storms that posed a potential threat to South Florida. But what will happen when that luck runs out?Housing advocates have long feared that the city is one storm away from disaster; nearly a third of all housing structures in Miami-Dade County built before 1990 are at risk of wind damage, mold contamination and even complete devastation from a hurricane.According to U.S. Census Bureau figures, nearly 1 m...
Housing at 60: Nigeria remains a large market with few wares
At 60, Nigeria has clearly come a long way. Some people argue that if the country were a civil servant, it would have retired this year, meaning that it has exhausted its useful and productive years. Yet, in most sectors of its “large-size economy, there are more to jeer than cheer.In the housing sector, it could be said that some level of progress has been made in terms of improved architectural designs that have given rise to iconic structures and well-developed estates. But this progress is grossly diminished by shouting deficits, making the country a big but largely empty market.With a pop...
Tenants rights guide: What if your landlord is selling your rental?
For many renters, it’s among the worst-case scenarios: Your landlord notifies you that the property you’re renting has been put up for sale.Of course, landlords have the right to sell their property. But just because your house or apartment is going on the market doesn’t necessarily mean you’re out on the street right away. As with other landlord-tenant issues, it’s a process.So, what happens when your landlord sells your rental, and what does that mean for your lease? Here is what you need to know:— What does your lease say?The first thing you should do is read your lease, says Mike Carroll, ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Seattle is among hottest US housing markets — and prices are rising fast on the cheapest homes
Home prices around Seattle rose faster than in any city in the country, save Phoenix, for the sixth consecutive month in midsummer. Prices in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties increased 7% in July, compared with a year earlier, according to the latest release of the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index.July was also the ninth straight month Seattle-area home prices have topped national averages. Nationally, home prices rose an average of 4.8%. Prices rose in each of the 19 large cities that Case-Shiller tracks; among just those metros, year-over-year price growth averaged 3.9%. (Typic...
The Seattle Times