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The Rent Is Too Damn High: VT Grapples with Towering Cost of Living and Low Minimum Wage

The Rent Is Too Damn High: VT Grapples with Towering Cost of Living and Low Minimum Wage
Like many places across the country, there is mismatch between the average rent and a worker's income in the Green Mountain State. You might not be surprised to learn that a recent report demonstrates, once again, that Vermont is one of the hardest places to afford housing. Without rent control in place, some legislators are looking at a minimum wage increase and sick leave guarantees to help balance the equation.
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Communities Fined for Taking HUD Money Without Tackling Racial Disparity Issues

Communities Fined for Taking HUD Money Without Tackling Racial Disparity Issues
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is finally baring its teeth against communities that take HUD money but show no improvement toward lessening racial and economic disparity in housing.
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Nikole Hannah-Jones
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Appellate for Division: Christie Administration Stopped from Seizing Affordable Housing Trust Funds

Appellate for Division: Christie Administration Stopped from Seizing Affordable Housing Trust Funds
Earlier in June, the New Jersey Appellate Division created a process the Council on Affordable Housing must follow before the Christie Administration can seize up to $165 million dollars in affordable housing trust funds needed to recover from Hurricane Sandy. Over the past few months, plans to build over 3,000 homes for victims of Sandy — people with special needs and working families — have been in limbo due to the Christie administration's aggressive and unlawful attempt to take this money.
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Andrew Todd F. Kunka
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Westchester County Could Lose Millions for Fair Housing Failures

Westchester County Could Lose Millions for Fair Housing Failures
After more than three years of clashing with the federal government, Westchester County may finally have to pay a price for its failures to comply with a residential desegregation court order: $7.4 million.
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NJ Triple Veto by Christie on Undermines Economic Recovery

Over the past several days, Gov. Christie took decisive action to weaken New Jersey's economy by vetoing three important legislative initiatives to revive our troubled housing market.
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