Queer and Trans Elders in Search of Safe Housing Face Barriers, Discrimination

As the baby boom generation enters its golden years and average lifespans increase, the U.S. is becoming home to more older adults. In 2019, there were over 74.6 million Americans over the age of 60, according to recent data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS). The agency projects that there will be 80.8 million seniors in the U.S. by 2040, a demographic trend that has… Source Source / Read More: Queer and Trans Elders in Search of Safe Housing Face Barriers, Discrimination

Florida’s Housing Crisis Makes It Almost Impossible for Storm Victims to Recover

This story was originally published by Grist. You can subscribe to its weekly newsletter here. When Hurricane Ian hit Central Florida last fall, Milly Santiago already knew what it was like to lose everything to a hurricane, to leave your home, to start over. For her, that was the outcome of Hurricane Maria, which struck her native Puerto Rico in September 2017, killing thousands of residents and… Source Source / Read More: Florida’s Housing Crisis Makes It Almost Impossible for Storm Victims to Recover

Tenants Demand Emergency Measures From White House as Rents Skyrocket

President Joe Biden spent much of 2022 facing Republican attacks over inflation and anxiety among Democrats who worried that working-class voters would turn against them in the midterms over the economy. For months, candidates and pundits waxed poetic about the rising price of everything from a gallon of gas or milk to a platter of crudité. But activists meeting with Biden administration officials and top Democrats in Congress this week say a massive budget item for millions of households did not get enough attention ahead of Election Day: Rent. Historic rent increases over the past two years are a core…

Housing and Homelessness Are on the Ballot. Will Unhoused People Have a Say?

Most Americans across racial and ethnic groups say affordable housing is a serious problem where they live, according to an August 2022 poll. The National Low Income Housing Coalition estimates the nation has a shortage of 7 million affordable and accessible rental units, made worse in recent years by the convergence of the coronavirus pandemic and inflation. This midterm election cycle, the dire situation has made its way to the ballot in nearly 80 local jurisdictions where more than 50 million people live. Next week, millions will vote on hundreds of measures related to building new housing and increasing access…

New Proposal Would Tax the Rich to House Low-Income People in Los Angeles

Almost 80 years ago, in 1943, Los Angeles introduced the rest of the United States to the phenomenon of smog. At one point that year, the haze had visibility down a frightening three city blocks. In L.A. these days, “fine inhalable particulate matter” doesn’t pose much of a problem in the city’s plushest environs. But the neighborhoods L.A.’s low-income families call home still suffer from rates of air pollution that dwarf the levels in more comfortable quarters. What’s going to fix this distinctly unequal state of atmospheric affairs? How about a step toward a more equal state of economic affairs…