Chester’s Ruth Bennett Community Farm is a vibrant oasis in a desert of dull brick and lifeless concrete.
Tucked below Interstate 95 at the top of a cul-de-sac, the 2-acre farm teems with life: organic produce, wildflowers, and a host of winged insects that flutter between the two.
“This is like a resurrection of life here,” assistant manager Malik Savage said during a recent visit.
From Education Dive:
The Stable Homes Stable Schools initiative — launched in May to help Minneapolis Public Schools students and their families pay rent and maintain consistent housing while also offering wraparound services — already has 125 families with 396 children enrolled in the program and hopes to attract more than 600 students, the Minnesota Daily reported.
From the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles' (HACLA) press release:
From the New York Real Estate Journal:
The Municipal Housing Authority for the City of Yonkers (MHACY) was recently voted as the city’s best senior housing (non-site specific) in the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce’s 15th Annual Best of Yonkers competition.
All winners will be featured in the Chamber’s August 30th “Best of Yonkers” issue of the Yonkers Progress.
From The Columbian:
Vancouver will receive $1.88 million in new affordable housing grants, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell announced last week.
The funding will come in the form of $1.24 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, Community Development Block Grant Program, as well as $646,431 from HUD’s HOME Investment Partnership Program, the Democratic senator said in a media release.
From Oregon Public Broadcasting:
On Monday, Vancouver and Washington state officials gathered alongside community members to celebrate the grand opening of Caples Terrace, a new public housing project offering affordable units to young adults who have aged out of foster care or fallen into homelessness.
Christina LaCelle, 20, could barely contain her excitement. She and her 3-month-old daughter Vivianne were just weeks away from moving into their very first apartment at the new complex.
From West Seattle Blog:
For the fourth consecutive year, West Seattle Elementary students got a first-day-of-school welcome like no other: The “Be There Rally.” 2016 was the first time community members were invited to greet and inspire the students. The event has continued growing in size and reputation, and this year drew more citywide dignitaries than ever. More on them later. First – WSE principal Pamela McCowan-Conyers got to tell the crowd all about her school.
From ABC 3 KEYT:
The Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura was just awarded $18,983,730 from the California Strategic Growth Council for its Ventura Westside Housing and Active Transportation grant application.
The award is granted through the state’s Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC), which funds projects that promote healthier communities and protect the environment by increasing the supply of affordable places to live near jobs, stores, transit and other daily needs.
From the San Bernardino Sun:
The rectangular room is immaculate, with something to explore at every turn.
Between the gray walls are areas to read, color, play, write and listen. Rugs for napping and bean bags for lounging rest on the hardwood floors.
Not a book nor crayon is out of place on a recent weekday – it’s the calm before the storm.
From the San Bernardino Sun:
When Ana Santana and her children moved into their Loma Linda apartment nearly four years ago, it meant more than having a new place to live.
It was a new start.
From Next City:
Over the next 25 years, San Antonio is expecting to welcome a million new residents, an influx of people that would expand its population by about two-thirds. And while rent in the city is still relatively cheap, more than 40 percent of renters are cost burdened, paying more than 30 percent of their income for housing. In anticipation of the influx and a worsening market for renters, the San Antonio Housing Authority is planning to spend close to half a billion dollars on new mixed-income projects in the coming years.
From ABC KSAT 12:
Bridging the gap between foster care and a life of independence is one of the big goals for local nonprofit the THRU Project.
Originally established to provide mentors for youth who age out of state care, the group recently expanded its mission to provide housing for a vulnerable young population.
We first told you about the Next Step housing program last year. Now it's expanding, thanks to a new partnership with the San Antonio Housing Authority.
From Sacramento Promise Zone's press release:
From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Residents of Pittsburgh’s Bedford Dwellings are getting a lift from Lyft.
The ride-share service on Thursday announced it would transport residents of Bedford and those at Prospect Terrace in East Pittsburgh, both public housing communities, to and from local Giant Eagle grocery stores for $5 per round trip. Residents are eligible for one ride to the store each week.
From Multi-Housing News:
Developers have wrapped up work on a 168-unit affordable senior housing property in the West Farms neighborhood of the Bronx, New York City. The eight-story development at 1880 Boston Road sits atop an existing medical office building and will provide affordable apartments for low-income seniors, including the formerly homeless.
From Miami Today:
Miami-Dade is poised for a funding infusion that could more than double the county’s existing affordable and workforce housing over the next two decades through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program.
The federal housing department last month approved a countywide portfolio application to transform public housing development here through the RAD program, which Mayor Carlos Giménez described as “nothing short of a game-changer.”
From NBC 24 News:
It may have been a coincidence, but the annual event Light The Night in Toledo came on the same night for the National Night Out across the country.
The two bring similar messages of solidarity between the community and law enforcement.
"Well, we work hand in hand with the police department to try and educate citizens on how they can help prevent crime and keep themselves safer," said Toledo Neighborhood Block Watch Acting Chair, Florence McLennan.
From the Toledo Blade:
The Lucas County Metropolitan Housing Authority has received nearly $1 million in grant funding to identify and reduce lead-based paint hazards.
From the Los Angeles Daily News:
As students across the Los Angeles Unified School District headed back to classrooms Tuesday, district officials heralded a new partnership with city and county housing agencies aimed at providing support to a number of housing insecure and homeless families in the northeast San Fernando Valley.
From the Journal Gazette:
The Fort Wayne Metropolitan Human Relations Commission is launching Faces of Fairness, an educational campaign the commission says is designed to communicate the importance of making Fort Wayne a welcoming city for all.
From the New Haven Register:
The Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of New Haven holds its annual "Back to School Fair" at Clinton School in New Haven, Conn., on Tuesday August 6, 2019. In addition to new school supplies and activities for the kids like face painting and snacks, families were able to access resources for education and health services.
From Pew Stateline:
After her daughter died from lupus, Charlene Green was left caring for her two grandchildren. But their housing situation was precarious at best: mold and mildew everywhere, ceiling caving in.
To get her landlord to make much-needed repairs in their Washington, D.C., apartment, the 62-year-old withheld rent — only to be threatened with eviction.
From Curbed DC:
One of the District’s biggest landlords has put out an ambitious plan to refinance, repair, and redevelop roughly a third of its overall portfolio. That landlord is the D.C. Housing Authority (DCHA), which owns and manages over 8,000 public housing units citywide. While it is still in draft form, the plan—first discussed earlier this year during the D.C. government’s annual budget negotiations—aims to preliminarily address 2,610 units that require urgent upgrades.
From Cincinnati CityBeat:
Connie Benton has lived at Findlater Gardens for the last 18 years. She likes the sense of community among most of the residents in the 600 townhomes owned and run by the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority in Winton Hills, about eight miles north of downtown Cincinnati.
But her family has also experienced violence here, and some of her relatives struggle with the trauma that comes with those experiences.
From the Chicago Tribune:
Let’s dispense with the obvious, shall we? Three new Chicago buildings, which combine public libraries and public housing, are head and shoulders above the Robert Taylor Homes, Cabrini-Green and the rest of the city’s dehumanizing, now-demolished public housing projects.