affordable housing

6:05pm

Tue October 7, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

How Mary Butler found an affordable home in the Bay Area

Allen Temple Arms, East Oakland

 

Mary Butler is a person who "likes to keep very busy and independent."

She worked as a respiratory nurse for most of her adult life. After retiring in the early 2000s, she supported herself the way retirees are meant to: with a small pension and social security. She moved to Las Vegas for a while to take care of an ill sibling. When she moved back to Oakland, she couldn’t find a place to rent. Her retirement funds didn’t stack up.

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5:35pm

Tue October 7, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

How Thuylynh Nguyen found an affordable home in the Bay Area

Thuylynh Nguyen's family won a housing lottery that placed them in an affordable apartment in San Francisco's Hayes Valley neighborhood.
Under CC license from Flickr user Ken Lund.

 

Thuylynh Nguyen’s family came to the U.S. from Vietnam in order to escape political persecution. Her father had spent eight years as a prisoner of war after serving as a soldier in the South Vietnamese army. The U.S. granted her family asylum in 1991.

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5:20pm

Tue October 7, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

The evolution of "affordable housing"

Photo courtesy of the Chinatown Community Development Corporation

 

We don’t build housing projects like we used to anymore. It used to be big, labyrinthine complexes like Marcy Houses in New York, Cabrini Green in Chicago, and Geneva Towers in San Francisco. Today, conversations about development have to do with mixed-use, mixed-income communities. Much of the change has to do with how cities now think about urbanism. And a lot has to do with how affordable housing gets funded.

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5:14pm

Tue October 7, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

What we mean when we talk about "affordable housing"

Artist rendering of proposed affordable housing complex by architect Mike Pyatok.
http://www.pyatok.com

 

'When we say “affordable housing” we're actually using a precisely defined concept. "Affordable", in this context, means housing that costs no more than 30 percent of a household’s income.

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6:00pm

Wed August 13, 2014
Cops & Courts

Reentry: Two men seek employment after their release from prison

Taken at Wallenberg High School
Luisa Beck

A note to our readers: the names of formerly incarcerated men and their families in this story have been changed to protect their identities.

 

“My whole life, I never had a job.”

At the age of 51, William Bennett was one of the oldest people in California who could claim that. But in June 2013, eight months after leaving prison, that was about to change.

“Either Monday or Tuesday I’ll be working on the freeways,” he said. “580 or 880. Picking up trash. First job ever.”

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