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Policies That Could Combat the Affordable Housing Crisis

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Subscribe About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Related Articles Share Save Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Several housing advocates recommend policies that could make a difference when it comes to the issue of “housing underproduction,” on which the Up For Growth organization published an extensive study. Said investigation showed “nearly every corner of the country bears part of the burden for the national 7.3 million home shortage.” In other words, it does not matter whether they looked at rural or urban areas, the “crisis” can be felt all across America.Up For Growth author Mike Kingsella interviewed several member-experts from smaller cities about the housing challenges they’ve seen and what policies, if enacted, would make the biggest positive difference.”Though they represent different types of communities located hundreds of miles apart, some similarities in their experiences emerge,” wrote Kingsella.  For example, two interviewees indicated that “various local, state, and federal tax incentives or programs are not currently geared to create affordable housing options in their communities. [Another] shared that zoning restrictions are making it harder to build the housing needed to keep up with housing demand …”A couple of noteworthy takeaways included:The appraisal gap, lack of investment in distressed communities confirm need for Neighborhood Homes Investment Act. John Niederman of Pathfinder Services in Huntington, Indiana told Up For Growth that the appraisal gap in rural communities where he works prevents those who want to move into rural communities from doing so, yet those are the very areas that want and need new families to compensate for “population loss or stagnation.”He added that issues including COVID-related foreclosures, lack of funding to rehabilitate properties, and lack of government assistance in making housing more affordable underscore the need for passing the Neighborhood Homes Investment Act (H.R. 3316).”The legislation, sponsored by Reps. Brian Higgins (D-NY) and Mike Kelly (R-PA), provides tax credits to the rehabilitation of older homes in distressed communities–up to 35% of development costs,” explained Kingsella.”NHIA targets low-income communities to maximize the impact of the tax credit on the areas and families that need it the most. Eligible neighborhoods must have poverty rates that are 130% or greater than the metro or state rate; have incomes that are 80% or less that area median income; and have home values that are below the metro or state median value.”The act is part of a larger act that has not yet received senate approval.The YIMBY Act could improve many neighborhoodsJosh Hanshaw of the Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Lincoln, Nebraska, as well as Chris Hall, General Counsel and Director of Regional Initiatives for the Greater Portland, Maine, Council of Governments both touched on the advantages of the Yes in My Backyard (YIMBY) Act, which they say would benefit all communities.“Zoning flexibility would be helpful in developing both single and multifamily developments,” said Hanshaw.Exclusionary zoning and restrictive land-use policies are two of the focus areas of YIMBY.“Zoning changes allowing increased housing density is essential to expanding housing choice,” Hall said. “Better integration of transit investments with land use policies focused on expanded housing choices is critical.”All of the contributors to this report agreed that local, state, and federal incentives and financing options can “spur affordable housing development and [are] essential for smart economic development strategies.”The HOME Investment Partnerships Program could have a significant impact for small developments, Niederman recommended. And subsidies for larger units under the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program could be beneficial, he added.The author summed up the research, noting that, “these observations suggest that every level of government has a role to play in financing, or at least spurring investment in, housing that is affordable for low and moderate-income Americans.” Previous: Headed for a ‘Foreclosure Surge’ Next: Responsibly Addressing Forbearance Costs Home / Daily Dose / Policies That Could Combat the Affordable Housing Crisis Policies That Could Combat the Affordable Housing Crisis  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago September 28, 2020 1,779 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago 2020-09-28 Christina Hughes Babb Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily last_img read more

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Hatton: Theophane deserves title shot

first_imgRicky Hatton has heaped praise on Ashley Theophane, insisting the Kilburn light-welterweight deserves a world title shot.Theophane, 31, will defend his British title against Darren Hamilton of Bristol at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday after Steve Williams withdrew at short notice because of illness.It is the second successive fight in which he has had to deal with a change of opponent.Theophane trains in New York.In December he overcame a difficult start and battled his way to an 11th-round stoppage of the rugged Ben Murphy, who was a late replacement for Nigel Wright.Ex-world champion Hatton, now Theophane’s promoter, declared: “Ashley is an example to all boxers, and just wants to train and fight all comers.“As soon as Williams pulled out he never once thought about not fighting, because the British title and owning a Lonsdale belt means so much to him. I have nothing but admiration for him.”Saturday’s fight will be on the undercard of the British heavyweight clash between David Price and Sam Sexton.It will be Theophane’s third defence of the belt he took from Lenny Daws last year, meaning a victory would see him keep the coveted Lonsdale belt outright and remain on course for a possible world title challenge.And Hatton, who dominated the light-welterweight division in his heyday, said: “Ashley has done it his way and flown around the world solo just to benefit from top-class sparring and experience in the best gyms.“He has served his dues and a world title fight is no more than he deserves, but Hamilton is still there to give him a test.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Sharks camp: Where the roster stands before final preseason game

first_imgSAN JOSE — Sharks training camp will come to an end Sunday after the team plays the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. The Sharks will then stay in Las Vegas, have one day off and one day of practice before the regular season begins Wednesday against the Golden Knights.The Sharks announced two more cuts Saturday, sending Antti Suomela and Jake Middleton to the Barracuda, and right now have 23 healthy bodies in camp. The Sharks have to set their opening day lineup, with a maximum of 23 …last_img read more

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Team SA to debate at Model UN

first_imgParticipants at the 2008 SA Model UNconference in the Cape Town MetropolitanCouncil debating chamber.(Image: SA Model UN) The imposing headquarters of the UnitedNations in New York.(Image: United Nations) The Johannesburg Model UnitedNations gets underway. (Image: AmericanInternational School of Johannesburg)Janine ErasmusAt the end of March a team of young South Africans heads to the US to represent their country at an international Model United Nations debate hosted by Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The South African participation is organised by South African Model United Nations and Education Africa.The silver-tongued team has come through a series of testing events on both a provincial and national level, to claim their place in one of the world’s foremost schools debating competitions. From 2 to 5 April 2009 Team South Africa will face up to 2 500 other pupils from all over the world.The Model United Nations (UN) authentically simulates specific UN organs or conferences, such as the General Assembly, Security Council, World Bank, International Court of Justice or the Human Rights Council. Conferences may also replicate intergovernmental organisations such as the European and African Unions, or the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.Model UN programmes are run in schools and universities all around the world. In Africa there are programmes operating the length and breadth of the continent, including the Cairo International Model UN, the East African Model UN, the Johannesburg Model UN, the Nigerian International Model UN, and the Zambia Model UN at the International School of Lusaka.Stepping into diplomatic shoesDebates are modelled on those held in the UN General Assembly and, to further recreate the atmosphere of that hallowed chamber, pupils are required to step into the shoes of international diplomats of UN member countries.Each team is assigned a country to represent, and must convincingly embody the policies of their allocated country in various spheres, such as relevant international issues, debate and consultation, and development of solutions to world problems. Teams must therefore research and thoroughly understand their allocated country’s political, economic, social and cultural policies.The 2009 conference will feature a number of key committees including the UN Development Programme, the 2007 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Bali, The UN Human Rights Council, and South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.Crisis committees include Iraq 2003, the UN Security Council, the World Health Organisation, and the Peloponnesian War of 431-404 BC.All these structures are designed to give participating pupils an in-depth experience and understanding of global issues through investigation, communication and diplomacy.Debating their way to the topThe Model UN programme was established in 1995 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. For pupils, the first step to debating on the international stage is participation in training workshops at provincial level. Schools are briefed on rules and procedures, as well as the topics of debate. Each team of four – two from an under-privileged school and two from an advantaged school – is allocated a country to represent in the debate.These teams then go forward to the provincial competition, where both topics and adjudicators are selected with the assistance of the UN. The winning team from each province becomes eligible to take part in the national event, and is assisted by a university tutor, usually from a political science or international relations background, in their preparations.The stakes are high as this is the stage during which the national team is selected. The national team comprises 12 members – the four from the winning team and one each from the other eight provinces.The finals for the 2009 international event took place in Pretoria in October 2008, with debate focusing on two hot topics; humanitarian intervention versus sovereignty in the case of Myanmar following Cyclone Nargis; and the indictment of Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court. KwaZulu-Natal walked away with top honours, and a further eight pupils were selected to complete the team.Education Africa, a Johannesburg-based non-profit organisation, co-ordinates the programme while the United Nations Information Centre assists with policy direction and adjudication.  The South African Model United Nations provides tutoring and topic selection, and chairs the debates.South Africa’s young public speakers have done the country proud in previous years, and it is expected that the 2009 event will be no exception. In 2006 the team walked off with nine out of the 12 international awards, taking two Outstanding Delegate awards, three Honourable Mention awards and four Mentions for their representation of Nigeria.In 2008 Team South Africa, representing Tanzania, brought home the award for Best Delegation as well as two Honourable Mentions. And nine of the 12 students won individual awards for outstanding performances in their individual committees.Stuart Meyer, chair of the schools development programme of the South African Institute of International Affairs, commented, “It was a wonderful time to be South African. Seeing our pupils walk down the aisle of the mighty hall of the General Assembly, two small dots to thunderous applause as they received their prizes, was a truly emotional moment marking a great achievement.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesFraser-Moleketi takes top UN jobEducation in South AfricaUseful linksSouth African Model United NationsUnited Nations in South AfricaEducation AfricaCornell Model UN Conference 2009South African Institute of International AffairsUnited Nations Information CentresModel United NationsGlobal issues on the UN agendaDepartment of Educationlast_img read more

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Who will be the Elite?

first_imgBy BEN HARRISMen’s Elite EightThe question on everybody’s lips is: “Will it be NSW Mets’ year?”The Mets have lost two matches in the two-year history of the Elite Eight series at the X-Blades National Touch League – the two grand finals.In 2011, the inaugural Elite Eight tournament, Mets were beaten 7-6 by NSW Scorpions in the grand final in the last few seconds of the match.The Mets were unbeaten in the tournament before losing the final.Last year, Mets were unbeaten when they reached the grand final against NSW Country Mavericks.Mets went down in the final few seconds of the match 5-4.Mets have a team full of big match international experience with Steve Roberts, Anthony Ziade, Nicholas Good, Ben Moylan, Scott Buckley, Robert Nakhla and Trent Touma lining up, so there should be no excuse this time.However, it won’t be an easy run as all the Elite Eight sides will be at their best with selection for the 2015 Touch World Cup up for grabs at this tournament.Scorpions have two-time Elite Eight Most Valuable Player in Sam Brisby.Brisby and Simon Lang are the leading touchdown scorers in Elite Eight with 16 and 17 touchdowns respectively.The Mavericks look strong on paper and the defending champions will be led by the likes of Dylan Hennessey and Dylan Thompson.Not to be forgotten, NSW Rebles, Queensland South Stingrays, Queensland Chiefs, Queensland Country Outlaws and The Alliance have all strong line-ups this year.Women’s Elite Eight        While the men’s NSW Mets team have fallen short when it comes to winning the big game at the X-Blades National Touch League, the Mets’ women’s side is the exact opposite.The Mets are two from two when it comes to Elite Eight, defeating NSW Country Mavericks 9-4 in 2011 and Queensland Chiefs 5-4 last year.They could make it a hat-trick this week especially with Paul Sfeir at the helm.The current Australian Men’s Open assistant coach brings plenty of knowledge and experience to the team.However, Australian Women’s Open captain Lousie Winchester won’t be playing this week, which does leave the door ajar for the other teams.Chiefs should have won last year but were swept away by Mets in the final.The Queensland side will be without 2013 Most Valuable player Emily Hennessey but they do have experienced campaigner Peta Rogerson.She will be backed up by plenty of other Australian representatives.In the race for the title will also be NSW Mavericks and NSW Scorpions, both reached the semi-finals in 2011 and 2013.Queensland Country Outlaws, Queensland South Stingrays, The Alliance and NSW Rebels should not be taken lightly.Related LinksWho will be the Elite?last_img read more

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Brierty and Watego named Ron Hanson Medallists

first_imgAustralian Men’s Open player, Stuart Brierty and Australian Women’s Open representative, Marikki Watego have been named the Ron Hanson Medallists for the 2016 Trans Tasman Series. Brierty and Watego were named as Flag Bearers for the event in front of their Australian teammates at the contingent’s Jersey Presentation on Tuesday night. Brierty is a stalwart of the Australian Men’s Open team, first representing at the 2009 Trans Tasman Series and hasn’t missed a series since, competing in two World Cups (2011 and 2015) and five Trans Tasman Series events (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014). Brierty said despite feeling ‘slightly old’ he was blown away to be named as one of the Flag Bearers for the event. “It’s a great privilege and honour to receive that medal. To carry the flag representing our country, I can’t wait and really look forward to it. “When they started rattling off the years and the games, I knew it was probably either myself, Dylan (Hennessey) or Prowsey (Matt Prowse), as we are the only three that still remain from 2009. It did make me feel slightly old.”Watego is the most capped Australian Women’s Open player, having debuted at the 2012 Trans Tasman Series and hasn’t missed a series since, including playing in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Trans Tasman Series events and 2015 Touch World Cup. Watego said she was thrilled to be given the honour. “It’s incredible, I definitely wasn’t expecting it and to look back on past Ron Hanson Medallists and to be named alongside them now, it’s just a real big honour and I’m really thrilled to be given the opportunity,” Watego said. We’ll be keeping you up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the 2016 Trans Tasman series on our website and social media channels, so you won’t miss any of the action: Be sure to use the hashtags #transtasman2016, #oneteam and #teamaustralia across all of our social media platforms and send in your messages of support for the teams on our social media channels.Related LinksRon Hanson Medallists Facebook: www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram: www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube: www.youtube.com/touchfootballausSnapchat – search for ‘TFAofficial’last_img read more

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If You Were Wondering, Nick Saban Still Uses Chewing Tobacco

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches his team take on the Georgia Bulldogs.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches his team take on the Georgia Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium September 22, 2007 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Georgia defeated Alabama 26-23 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)It’s been documented in the past that Alabama head coach Nick Saban occasionally uses chewing tobacco. Today, on SportsCenter, college football fans got a look at his favorite brand. In an interview with ESPN’s Marty Smith, Saban had a pouch of “Red Man” next to his seat belt. It didn’t go unnoticed.Never thought of Saban as a Red Man guy pic.twitter.com/m2KwlSBhIX— Feitelberg (@FeitsBarstool) November 4, 2015ESPN camera in Nick Saban’s car catches a pouch of Red Man. He’s just like the rest of us; he has a vice! pic.twitter.com/B5QC2xbJQV— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) November 4, 2015For what it’s worth, it doesn’t really line up with Saban’s no-nonsense personality. But as Aaron Suttles of The Tuscaloosa News notes, we all have our vices.last_img read more

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Bloomberg Philanthropies Expands Innovation Teams Program To Seven New Cities Across The

first_imgBloomberg Philanthropies today announced that seven cities across the globe have been selected for the latest expansion of its Innovation Teams program.The program helps City Halls drive bold innovation, change culture, and tackle big problems to deliver better results for residents. Multi-year grants will be awarded to help cities create better results for a range of pressing problems – from tackling poverty and neighborhood revitalization to recruiting and retaining public employees. Cities include Be’er Sheva in Israel; Toronto in Canada, and Anchorage AK; Austin, TX; Baltimore, MD; Detroit, MI; and Durham; NC in the United States.“Mayors must always be looking for new ways to improve the critical services that people depend on,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term Mayor of New York City. “Our Innovation Teams program helps mayors do that by giving city governments around the world the capacity to make their innovative ideas reality.”Now in the third round of funding, the Innovation Teams program allows mayors to fund in-house innovation teams — or “i-teams” – which investigate complex local challenges, design solutions with clear goals, and rigorously measure progress to better improve citizens’ lives. The newly announced cities join nearly 20 City Halls in the program, including Mobile, AL who is eliminating blight; Minneapolis, MN who is improving the quality of rental housing; and Syracuse, NY who is employing cost-effective measures to respond to aging infrastructure.The seven cities were selected from a pool of municipalities with a demonstrated commitment to designing and delivering bold solutions to complex problems. Eligible cities with at least 100,000 residents and with mayors who have at least two years left in office were invited to apply. Bloomberg Philanthropies’ i-teams expansion deepens the investment in the United States and Israel and, for the first time in the history of the program, introduces the program in Canada.“Bloomberg Philanthropies’ i-teams program has already demonstrated that approach can be successful in cities that range in size, structure, and geographic region,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory. “The City of Toronto is proud to become the first Canadian city to join this impressive network of civic innovators and many of the most innovative City Halls in the world. We look forward to building on our existing strengths and capacities to combat serious issues impacting urban areas around the world.”New Innovation Team cities will receive up to $500,000 annually for up to three years. In addition to the grants, cities receive robust implementation support and opportunities to exchange lessons learned and best practices with peers in other cities. Newly formed i-teams will hit the ground running in each city no later than spring 2017.“Innovation Teams bring 21st century problem-solving skills to City Hall,” said James Anderson, head of Government Innovation programs for Bloomberg Philanthropies. “The teams implement creative solutions by breaking down silos within City Halls, engaging residents to jointly understand citizen needs, and testing ideas before taking them to scale.”The Innovation Teams Program is one of seven Government Innovation offerings at Bloomberg Philanthropies. Government Innovation equips mayors and other city leaders with the tools and techniques they need to solve urban challenges and improve citizens’ lives. I-teams are currently hard at work in Albuquerque, NM; Boston, MA; Centennial, CO; Jersey City, NJ; Long Beach, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Mobile, AL; Minneapolis, MN; Peoria, IL; Seattle, WA; and Syracuse, NY; and Tel Aviv, Israel and Jerusalem, Israel.Key Facts About the Innovation Teams Program:• The i-teams have developed 90 new innovations for their cities – In Mobile, AL, leaders utilized Instagram to geo-locate blighted properties while documenting the impact to residents of more than $83 million in lost market value for properties within 150 feet of a blighted structure • 95% of cities in the program said their i-team has changed the way their city approaches solving complex problems – Los Angeles’ i-team worked with bilingual Angelenos who were facing eviction from their homes to develop solutions that empowered the city’s most vulnerable communities • 100% of cities in the program believe their i-team created solutions that will improve quality of life for local residents – Minneapolis is currently institutionalizing a pilot that helps improve the quality of privately held rental housing in North Minneapolis • To date, the i-team cities have secured $70 million in additional public and private sector matching funds to advance their work – Tel Aviv has secured private funding to support the team’s mapping initiative, which involves identifying new spaces around the city—including government buildings and other public spaces—that could be opened up as childcare spacelast_img read more

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West Moberly First Nations pursued cleaner energy with Provincial support

first_imgThe fund, which focuses on providing support and access for remote communities, reducing reliance on diesel generators and remote electrification, help reduce dependence on fossil fuels and support the transition to clean energy for communities throughout the province.In Budget 2019, CleanBC investments include $18 million to work with Indigenous and remote communities to move to cleaner energy sources. These initiatives are in addition to the projects already announced.Applications for the next First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund intake will be accepted until the end of May 2019.“Since having our Aboriginal title recognized, we have been looking for diverse opportunities within our territory. The development and operation of this solar farm is not only useful for the area, but also brings employment and training to our Nation. As a Nation, we have always said that to do business with us, you need to come through our doors and sit at the table in a meaningful way. The solar farm is a great example of that.” Chief Joe Alphonse, Tsilhqot’in Tribal Chairman“First Nations are moving forward with greener alternatives, such as solar, in meeting their energy needs. This work is an important part of our CleanBC strategy and supports self-determination. All of us in every area of the province have an important part to play in putting B.C. on a path that powers our future with clean, renewable energy and reduces air pollution.” Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation VICTORIA, B.C. – Fourteen First Nations pursued cleaner energy in 2018 with support from the provincial government.West Moberly First Nations received $150,000 for the construction of a biomass conversion project to make the Twin Sister Native Plant Nursery more energy efficient.The 14 Indigenous-driven projects were supported by the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund (FNCEBF), with $2.49 million invested in run-of-river hydropower, solar farms, energy-efficiency plans and numerous feasibility studies.last_img read more

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