April 27, 2020. Richmond Times-Dispatch.
In the middle of a pandemic many fear will cost families their homes, advocates on Monday pressed the Richmond City Council to steer more dollars to affordable housing for residents.
In normal times, Richmond landlords evicted tenants at the second-highest rate of any like-sized city in the country, Princeton University researchers found. Advocates expect that trend to worsen with jobless claims mounting and the COVID-19 crisis increasing the economic strain on families that were already just getting by.
“COVID-19 has turned Richmond’s eviction and affordable housing crisis into a public health calamity,” said Marty Wegbreit, an attorney with the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society.
“Human lives and dignity are at stake,” said Aubrey Jones, a board member of Richmonders Involved to Strengthen Our Communities, or RISC.
July 24, 2019. WUSF NEWS
Hillsborough County Board Commissioners held a public hearing last week about a proposed budget allocation for affordable housing.
April, the commission directed the County Attorney’s Office to draft an
ordinance for an affordable housing trust fund in an amount of $10
million a year.
There is a remainder of a $5 million budget that
will be added onto the new budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year,
according to the commissioners.
June 3, 2019. WIBW
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Topeka JUMP raised its voice Monday night to advocate for people struggling to find low-income housing.
Before its celebration to thank members for their work, the
organization emphasized the importance of city support for a low income
May 14, 2019. The Columbus Dispatch.
Partway into the Rev. Charles Leister’s recitation on the parable of the wheat and the tares, the Franklin County commissioners had had enough.
Leister, senior pastor of the New Beginning Christian
Center, spoke during the commissioners meeting Tuesday as co-president
of the interfaith group BREAD, which stands for “Building
Responsibility, Equality and Dignity.” For months, members have appeared
regularly before the commissioners and the Columbus City Council to
urge more funding for affordable housing.
On Tuesday, Leister used
his three minutes of public comment time to voice his disappointment
that the commissioners did not attend a recent BREAD event.
May 6, 2019. The Columbus Dispatch.
Ali Miller is an AmeriCorps VISTA worker who spends half of her paycheck on housing here in Columbus.
job doesn’t pay much, she said — about $12,000 a year. That gives her
no money for a car, or alcohol. She gets no money from her parents.
a local social justice group says there are thousands more like Miller
who can’t pay the escalating rents in a growing Columbus and central
“We want affordable housing too,” said Miller, not new
places with $1,000-a-month rents with granite countertops and fancy