housing

From housing to health care, LGBTQ+ people have been hit hard by the pandemic

BY: - August 26, 2021

Marwa ElShazly has battled the economic and personal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and says it’s taken a toll on her mental health. “I’ve been lucky enough to be working through the entirety of the pandemic, though I had to switch jobs because of furlough and ended up losing my health care for a few […]

Whitmer announces affordable housing plan assisting 6K Michiganders

BY: - July 28, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced plans in Detroit on Tuesday to make a significant investment in affordable housing that addresses the health, safety and well-being of Michigan residents. The proposal would assist 6,000 Michiganders, produce 2,000 rental housing units, and leverage an additional $380 million in private funding, while creating 1,600 jobs.   “This new housing investment […]

Tlaib introduces bill to ensure safe, clean housing for HUD tenants 

BY: - June 29, 2021

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), along with Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and House Financial Services Chair Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) introduced legislation Tuesday strengthening U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) tenant protections, as well as providing renters with tools to improve the quality of their homes.  Tlaib held a press conference on Tuesday alongside Pressley, housing […]

Biden admin extends federal eviction moratorium for one final month

BY: - June 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Thursday extended a national moratorium on evictions for another month, offering what federal officials say will be a final respite while they scramble to beef up other help for renters that could mitigate a wave of evictions once the legal protection does expire. The added month of eviction relief comes […]

Mayors of U.S. cities plead for federal funds to alleviate housing crisis

BY: - June 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — The mayors of cities in Ohio, Montana and Arizona stressed the need for affordable housing to be included in any congressional infrastructure package during a Tuesday hearing before the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Committee. Mayors Daniel Horrigan of Akron, Ohio, Cyndy Andrus of Bozeman, Mont., and Corey Woods of Tempe, […]

Detroit BLM co-founder vows to continue fight for police reform, housing equity

BY: - June 4, 2021

Detroit Will Breathe (DWB) co-founder Nakia Wallace said this week that her anti-police brutality organization and city officials continue to have sharp differences when it comes to the treatment of those who were arrested during Black Lives Matter protest rallies in 2020 and labeled a crime-fighting initiative by the new police chief a “stop-and-frisk” plan.   […]

Bill of rights for manufactured housing residents introduced in Congress

BY: - May 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne is pushing for tenants’ rights to extend to residents of manufactured housing communities to protect them from predatory rent hikes. The Iowa Democrat introduced two pieces of legislation last week. One bill aims to establish a set of minimum standards and protections for tenants of manufactured housing communities, which are […]

Feds send Michigan $150M to fight homelessness

BY: - April 9, 2021

For Michiganders facing homelessness in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, help is on the way, federal and state officials said Thursday. Michigan is set to receive more than $150 million in new federal grants for rental assistance, the creation of affordable housing and other initiatives meant to decrease homelessness, U.S. Department of Housing and […]

Wall Street investors pricing Americans out of last bastion of affordable housing

BY: , and - January 19, 2021

In the spring of 2013, Holly Hook purchased a mobile home and moved it to Swartz Creek Estates, a manufactured housing community in Swartz Creek, about 10 minutes outside Flint. At the time, her plan was to become a full-time fiction writer. Knowing her income would remain modest for the foreseeable future, she wanted a […]

Legislative efforts to protect trailer park residents from eviction show mixed results

BY: - January 19, 2021

The plight of residents in mobile home communities has caught the attention of state and federal lawmakers, who are working to craft legislation that would safeguard the rights of homeowners while helping to keep rents affordable. So far, the results have been mixed. The National Consumer Law Center says 15 states and Washington, D.C., have […]

COMMENTARY

Column: The next housing crisis is preventable — and we must act

BY: , and - January 5, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has wrought financial havoc on many. It has magnified the systemic sexism and racism in housing and has the potential to leave millions of people — especially women and their families — homeless come February, unless we take quick action. The unfortunate reality is that we have had a housing crisis for […]

Report: More than half of college students struggle with food, housing amid COVID-19 pandemic

BY: - August 27, 2020

Jasmine Jordan, a Michigan State University (MSU) senior, has endured a challenging last nine months. In December, she suffered a bout of pneumonia. In March, her grandmother, Jackie, died from COVID-19. Her parents also acquired coronavirus during the spring but have recovered. And, if all of that wasn’t enough, MSU officials in March abruptly closed […]