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Many children faced homelessness in their early childhood which will affect their future development. Protecting education opportunity and eliminating housing discrimination is important for homeless children.
Housing costs in Michigan are breaking family budgets resulting in cycles of poor health, lost opportunity and poverty. The state should promote inclusionary zoning, fund housing, prohibit source-of-income discrimination, and promote economic opportunity.
In March 2015, the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) released Airbnb, Rising Rent, and the Housing Crisis in Los Angeles. That report, based on data gathered in October 2014, found that Airbnb listings were dominated by commercial operations and were exacerbating the lack of affordable rental units in L.A.’s already tight housing market. The goal of this reassessment is to determine how the size and scope of the short-term rental (STR) industry has changed over the last nine months. This policy brief examines listing information from a broad range of STR operators alongside new Airbnb data. Combining these data sources allows for an examination of how Airbnb’s internal composition has changed over the last nine months and allows for the creation of a more refined snapshot of the Los Angeles STR industry.
Detroit families spend a larger share of their income on housing than other Michigan communities. Unaffordable housing costs drive a cycle of poverty of Detroit families. Unaffordable water bills and frequent moving causes more problems for Detroit families. The state should revise housing ordinance, strengthen community benefits, and provide customer protections.
This report lays the groundwork for exploring the issue of vacancy by defining what is meant by a “vacant” property,what constitutes a “healthy” vacancy rate, how vacant properties are measured, and why properties become vacant and abandoned. It discusses the impact of vacant properties on the communities in which they are situated.
This report offers evidence as to why rent control is a sensible and necessary strategy to address the renter crisis, describes the benefits of rent control, and shares policy recommendations to bring rent control to our communities.
In this report, we introduce real-world examples of alternative solutions and responses to the housing crisis—rooted in permanent affordability and democratic community control—that people are actively working on in the Bay Area and beyond. It is time to move past the current for-profit market system and the crisis it has created. We must move boldly in a different direction—towards an understanding that housing is a human right.
The report provides challenges and their solution for mayors. Challenges include economic security, violence against women, LGBTQ and human rights, women and civic engagement, girls' leadership, workplace policies, women's health, housing and homelessness, human trafficking, women and the environment, and CEDAW campaign
Sharing our homes has been commonplace for as long as there have been spare rooms and comfortable couches. Whether through word of mouth, ads in newspapers or flyers on community bulletin boards, renters and homeowners alike have always managed to rent out or share rooms in their living spaces. These transactions were decidedly analog, but they represented a genuine peer-to-peer marketplace. Websites like Craigslist eventually made connecting sellers to buyers far more common. Companies like HomeAway applied the same principle to the vacation home rental market, allowing owners of vacant homes to connect with vacationers. In all these cases, transactions were limited to the buyers and sellers. If there were negative effects arising from the transaction, they were largely limited to the buyers and sellers. AirBnB changes this basic formula. By incentivizing the large-scale conversion of residential units into tourist accommodations, AirBnB forces neighborhoods and cities to bear the costs of its business model. Residents must adapt to a tighter housing market. Increased tourist traffic alters neighborhood character while introducing new safety risks. Cities lose out on revenue that could have been invested in improving the basic quality of life for its residents. Jobs are lost and wages are lowered in the hospitality industry.
This brieft outlines the challenges facing LA in terms of good jobs and poverty. It outlines how the city can combate urband poverty by creating good jobs.