Community Developments: Where Will We Live Campaign Website Launch, Increased Rent Burden for Moderate-Income Households
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- Today, July 9, the National Housing Trust (NHT)—in partnership with Enterprise Community Partners and People's Action—is officially launching a dedicated website for the Where Will We Live campaign, an effort that aims to elevate housing issues at the federal, state and local level. The campaign captures compelling narratives that highlight how affordable housing directly improves the lives of low-income families, as well as brings together with a wide array of groups that can help amplify affordable housing as a platform issue in combination with other high-profile issues. NHT is also hosting a Twitterstorm starting at 2 p.m. ET to promote the campaign and website launch. Please see sample tweets and join NHT and Enterprise in sharing this important work.
- A growing number of fully-employed, moderate-income renters are cost-burdened, according to a new blog post from the Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) at Harvard University. Rising housing costs continue to outstrip wage growth, and data from the American Community Survey (ACS) 2016 shows that nearly a third of renters who worked 35 hours or more for at least 48 of the previous 52 weeks are cost-burdened. Workers in industries with lower wages and unpredictable hours are particularly affected—more than half of all renters in food service and preparation as well personal care and service occupations such as childcare spend more than fifty percent of their income on rent. Given that the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that most new jobs in the next decade will pay less than $37,300 per year and that housing costs will probably continue to increase, cost-burden rates among moderate-income renters is likely to remain high and may grow higher.
- Tomorrow the Center for Indian Country Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, in partnership with Enterprise and a number of other organizations, will debut a new handbook that aims to increase homeownership opportunities for Native American communities. The handbook will be launched and discussed during the lunch program, which will feature Enterprise’s CEO Terri Ludwig, Assistant Vice President and Director of the Center for Indian Country Development Patrice Kunesh, and Executive Director Salish & Kootenai Housing Authority Jason Adams. The event will be livestreamed at 12:45 p.m. ET. Learn more about the release event of the new handbook.
- On Thursday, July 12, the Up for Growth Coalition will hold “A Briefing on the Nation’s Housing Shortage and Affordability Crisis”. This panel will feature U.S. Representatives Denny Heck (D-Washington) and Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), as well as a number of housing policymakers, including Enterprise’s Senior Director for Congressional Relations Liz Osborn, President & CEO of Make Room USA Ali Solis, and Executive Director of the Up for Growth National Coalition Mike Kingsella. Register here for the event.
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- Last week, Judge Timothy Hillman, a federal judge at the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, extended an injunction that prohibits FEMA from terminating its Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) program until Monday, July 23 pending a formal hearing. (HousingWire, July 5) As previously reported in Community Developments, nearly 1,800 Puerto Ricans were expected to leave their hotel rooms, but the temporary injunction that was issued on June 30 ordered FEMA to extend the TSA program, which provides short-term lodging assistance to families displaced by natural disasters, until midnight on July 3. The injunction came after national civil rights groups LatinoJustice PRLDEF and Faith in Action filed a class action lawsuit.