• The Metropolitan Housing Coalition in Louisville released their annual State of Metropolitan Housing Report this week. The report discusses several issues facing Louisville’s housing market, including the continuing decline of the median income of Louisville residents, the increase in Black residents living in poverty, and the concentration of low income housing in some of Louisville’s neighborhoods.
    [MHC, InsiderLouisville]
  • Awesome alert: A new 76-unit low-income apartment complex for seniors in San Diego will put an emphasis on providing a safe, welcoming environment for LGBTQ seniors. Beyond simply promoting a safe living environment for LGBTQ seniors, there are plans to include on-site support services for residents that will be coordinated by the San Diego LGBT Community Center. Delores Jacobs, the director of the community center, said this housing project is “crucial because members of the LGBT community often feel unwelcome in more traditional senior settings,” and the lack of tolerance and acceptance from other seniors can result in LGBTQ seniors feeling compelled to go “back in the closet.” [LA Times]
  • A great essay at Shelterforce takes a detailed look at the short-comings of the long-term affordable housing plan. From declines in home ownership and slow development of new low-income housing, we still haven’t yet hit on how to successfully propagate permanently affordable housing in our communities. Worse, “owners (especially for-profit landlords) are much more likely to opt out of Section 8 or not renew their LIHTC contract if they can get higher returns by entering the market, as they can in hot markets,” which threatens to leave low-income families at the mercy of the profit-driven rental market that will likely consume greater portions of their income. This essay, which is part of a planned series of articles about affordable housing strategies, lays the groundwork of how to identify these obstacles. [Shelterforce]
  • A legal advocacy organization in Baltimore has released a new report that provides some statistical data to support what activists and experts have long suspected: Baltimore’s rent court has had an overwhelmingly negative impact on Black families.
    The study, released by the Public Justice Center in Baltimore, “found that most people who are called to rent court — and ultimately evicted — are black women living near the federal poverty line and raising at least one child.” Given the proportion of Baltimore’s population that are Black women (34%), they make up nearly 4/5 of all tenants summoned to rent court. [Public Justice Center, NextCity]
  • Ever come across a craigslist ad that states that kids aren’t permitted to live at the advertised property out of some concern for the children’s safety? Despite the intent being well and good, that kind of refusal to rent to tenants with children is still considered discrimination, as this Pennsylvania housing provider recently found out. The landlord said that he would not rent a second-floor unit to families with children because of the exterior landing and stairs, stating that he was “trying to prevent a terrible accident from occurring.” However, the Fair Housing Act is pretty direct with how it forbids a housing discrimination against families with children, and “well-intentioned landlords may think they are doing the right thing by trying to protect families from perceived safety issues but such restrictions violate the law.” [The Morning Call]

    Also, if you have come across a craigslist ad that prohibits tenants with children, please let us know!

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