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What Works News Round-Up – May 1, 2015

by Admin

In the News

Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week.

Governing (4/30/15) In Some Cities, Your Bus Fare Now Depends On Your Income
Seattle is the latest city to offer discounted rates to low-income riders. Some say it’s a misguided attempt to address income inequality.

Urban Institute, Urban Wire Blog (4/29/15) What If There Were A Step Between Renting And Owning?
Shared equity is a model that allows income-eligible families to buy homes at below-market prices.

The New York Times (4/28/15) Same City, But Very Different Life Spans
This week, researchers from VCU and RWJF released life expectancy calculations for four cities, part of a broader series whose aim is to influence social policy.

The Los Angeles Times (4/28/15) High Housing Costs Driving More Californians Into Poverty
High rents are driving more Californians into poverty, said a report out Tuesday from an affordable housing group.

National Journal (4/28/15) Zooming Into Baltimore, A Segregated City
This is a map of Baltimore, population 620,000. What exactly killed Gray is unknown, but his death has come to illustrate the stark divides that exist in the city.

Associated Press (4/28/15) HUD Secretary, In St. Louis, Announces 8 New Promise Zone Designations For High-Poverty Areas
Six metropolitan areas, one rural region and one tribal community have been designated as Promise Zones under an Obama administration program that seeks to revitalize high-poverty communities.

Crain’s New York (4/28/15) City Picks Developers To Build A Feng Shui Affordable-Housing Complex
A team of Brooklyn-based Monadnock Development, Asian Americans for Equality and HANAC will develop 208 affordable apartments in Flushing.

Miami Herald (4/26/15) Affordable Housing For All
Recent studies reveal that it’s harder to find affordable housing in South Florida than in almost any other big city in the country.

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