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UCLA Study: Los Angeles Now Most Unaffordable Rental Market In Nation

A recent study by three researchers from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs found that Los Angeles is now the most unaffordable rental market in the country based on their analysis of key factors, including what portion of renters' income regularly goes to pay rent.

While researchers found that this affordability crisis has deep roots in the city's history, the disparity between renters and owners reflects an economic divide that has widened over the past decades.

SCANPH Helps Lead Residents United Network In the LA Region

In order to truly raise affordable-home development on the state's agenda, elected officials need to understand that the issue of affordable homes is important to voters. Residents of affordable communities represent significant voting blocks to all of our elected officials. Our efforts are greatly enhanced when residents of affordable homes understand how the decisions made by elected officials directly affect their lives and know how to register to vote.

August Congressional Recess Advocacy Guide Highlights Key Affordable Housing and Community Development Issues

(from Enterprise Community Partners) The congressional recess provides an opportunity to show members of Congress returning to their home states and districts what kind of impact affordable housing and community development programs like the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and NMTC have had in their communities. There are currently several pieces of legislation that impact these programs that advocates should be prepared to discuss with members and their staff to increase their odds of passage when Congress returns.

Julián Castro Identifies His Priorities With HUD

Julián Castro was sworn in as the 16th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In this role, Castro oversees 8,000 employees and a budget of $46 billion, using a performance-driven approach to achieve the Department's mission of expanding opportunity for all Americans.

More Households Are Spending More Than Half Of Their Income On Housing

(by Laura Williams, Center for Housing Policy) According to the new Housing Landscape 2012 report from the Center for Housing Policy, nearly one in four working households spends more than 50 percent of its income on housing. Let that sink in for a moment.

Two Pilot Programs Announced for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Projects

(from Memo to Members' of the NLIHC) Two pilot programs were announced that could affect projects assisted with Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC). One pilot is described in HUD Multifamily Housing Notice H 2012-1, the other is outlined in Internal Revenue Service Notice 2012-18.


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