Items Tagged with 'Public housing'


  • Fairfax County, Virginia opens public housing waiting list for first time in 10 years

    Area outside Washington, D.C. hasn’t taken new applications since 2007
    Residents of Fairfax County, Virginia, haven’t been able to get on the waitlist for public housing in the area in 10 years due to high demand for affordable housing, but that’s about to change. Fairfax County officials announced recently that the county’s housing authority will soon be opening up the Rental Assistance Demonstration Waitlist for the first time since 2007.
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  • NYC ordered to resolve “unacceptable, illegal” public housing conditions

    To pay $1.2 billion to correct health issues
    A new federal complaint alleges the affordable housing conditions in New York City are not decent, safe, sanitary or even legal. But that is about to change. A new consent order will require the city to pay at least $1.2 billion or more until its “unacceptable, illegal” living conditions are resolved.
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  • Ben Carson responds to letters from soon-to-be ghost town

    Public housing in Cairo, Illinois, set to be torn down
    Subsidized housing in the small town of Cairo, Illinois, has seen its final days and will soon be demolished, sending about 200 households packing. Despite the complexes’ horrendous living conditions, many residents are opposed to leaving their homes. Here is how HUD Secretary Ben Carson responded.
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  • HUD Secretary Ben Carson takes listening tour to public housing in Jacksonville

    Visits public housing facility with living conditions once described as "deplorable"
    Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is making the next stop in his listening tour on Tuesday, visiting a public housing facility in Jacksonville, Florida that was recently the target of the state’s senators. Carson will visit Eureka Gardens, which is one of several federally subsidized housing developments in Florida that subject residents to “deplorable” living conditions, according to Sens. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
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  • HUD bans smoking in subsidized housing

    Castro explains the motivation behind the new rule
    The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a new ban on smoking in all public housing. Here are some of the reasons behind this new ban that will take effect in 2018. Do you think smoking should be banned in subsidized housing? Let us know!
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  • HUD inadvertently exposed personal information of nearly 500,000 individuals

    Social security numbers, dates of birth posted on public website
    Nearly 500,000 individuals are at risk of identity theft after the Department of Housing and Urban Development inadvertently made their personal information, including social security numbers and dates of birth, publicly available on its website. According to HUD, the data breach is the result of two separate incidents, one of which exposed the personal information of more than 425,000 public housing residents.
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  • Florida senators want "slumlords" held accountable for public housing conditions

    Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson introduce bill to change HUD rules
    Florida's senators are deeply concerned about the living conditions for some of the state's residents who live in federally subsidized housing and they want the government to do more to hold the properties' owners accountable. The senators say the move is in response to the "deplorable" living conditions discovered in several federally subsidized housing developments in Florida.
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  • HUD is about to ban smoking in housing

    If all goes as planned
    If successful, 3,100 public housing agencies will need to ban smoking within the following 18 months. This will be the result of efforts dating back to 2009. At this point, who would oppose such a measure?
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  • HUD OIG: More than 25,000 households using public housing despite higher incomes

    Agency now pushing housing authorities to evict “over-incomes”
    The Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Housing & Urban Development estimates that there are more than 25,000 households taking up public housing units that exceed HUD’s 2014 eligibility income ceilings, meaning homes that could be used by 25,000 families in need. HUD's finally taking action.
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