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News Digest 24, September 3rd, 2020

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The rent eats first, even during a pandemic

"Threatening to turn families out of their homes during the coronavirus fight isn’t just morally suspect; it’s dangerous," writes Mr. Desmond the author of “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" and Director of the Eviction Lab at Princeton University.

Media coverage of the housing crisis typically focuses on large coastal cities, but the crisis is not limited to large cities. Cities with the highest eviction rates include Tulsa, OK; Albequerque, NM; Indianapolis, IN; Toledo, OH; and Baton Rouge, LA not to mention many suburban communities and small towns across the country.

The New York Times • August 29, 2020

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Trump administration announces eviction moratorium, aiming to ensure housing crisis doesn’t further spread coronavirus

The Trump administration has announced a four-month halt on eviction proceedings against cash-strapped renters, invoking federal public health laws out of concern that a national homelessness crisis could worsen the country’s coronavirus outbreak.

The policy comes roughly a month after President Trump signed an executive order tasking the US government, including the CDC, with exploring ways to protect renters as talks broke down on Capitol Hill over a new round of coronavirus relief.

Washington Post • September 1, 2020

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Can planting trees make a city more equitable?

Cities across the US are pledging to plant trees and restore urban forests to combat climate change and cool off disadvantaged communities.

Bloomberg CityLab • August 28, 2020

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Experts examine the challenges and solutions to building affordable housing in New York

New York City’s housing stock has failed to keep pace with job growth over the last decade and most newly created housing continues to be attainable only for higher-income residents. A panel of experts examined those trends, presented in a new report released by the Citizen's Budget Commission, and the policy choices that led to them, and recommended solutions that the city and state should adopt if they hope to mitigate a housing crisis that has been further exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Gotham Gazette • August 27, 2020

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Connecticut community confronts legacy of segregation

The discussion of the racial composition in Westport comes following the formation of a statewide movement pushing for zoning changes that advocates say keep communities in Connecticut segregated.

Wall Street Journal • August 30, 2020

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California housing bills run into wall of union resistance

Despite promises that California’s housing shortage would be a priority this year, a package to streamline project approvals and spur more construction has been thinned out by conflicts over local control, gentrification and environmental protections, as well as the sheer lack of time in a session cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

SF Chronicle • August 25, 2020

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