Updated 2:52 pm PDT, Monday, May 13, 2019 Richard Valier, 70, takes a sip of water at the Burger King in Upper Moreland, Pa., in March. Valier said he is grateful for the compassion of the manager of the restaurant, who lets him get water and rest in a booth in the mornings throughout the week. Valier has been living homeless on the streets, sleeping in a tent or shelter, for more than five years. (Marion Callahan/The Intelligencer via AP) less Richard Valier, 70, takes a sip of water at the Burger King in Upper Moreland, Pa., in March. Valier said he is grateful for the compassion of the manager of the restaurant, who lets him get water and rest in a ... more Photo: Marion Callahan, AP Photo: Marion Callahan, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 Richard Valier, 70, … [Read more...] about Long road between survival, stability for suburban homeless
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Nearly 160,000 apartments at private properties with federal contracts have failed at least one inspection since 1999. Violations range from electrical hazards to rampant vermin to piles of garbage.In 2015 alone, families in subsidized housing reported at least 155,000 more cases of childhood asthma than expected.The GAO told Congress that HUD's inspection processes are outdated and need a thorough overhaul. Natchez, Miss. - In this city known for pre-Civil War mansions, a young mother shared a government-funded apartment with her three small children and a legion of cockroaches. The bugs lurked in the medicine cabinet, under the refrigerator, behind a picture on the wall. The mother nudged a bedroom dresser and more roaches skittered away as her 2-year-old son stomped on them. It was home, sweet home for Destiny Johnson and her kids -- until she got fed up and moved out last month. Inspectors had cited the apartment complex with urgent health and safety violations for the past … [Read more...] about The crumbling state of federally funded housing for the poor
Christine MacDonald The Detroit News Published 11:15 PM EST Feb 18, 2019 Poor renters in Detroit would be guaranteed legal help to fight evictions under a proposal being pitched by an influential group of lawyers and business leaders next month. The "Detroit Eviction Right To Counsel Summit" will be held March 12 and include local and national experts along with tenants facing evictions. They are expected to lay out the costs and benefits of adopting a program similar to one established two years ago in New York City. The summit's sponsors are a collection of more than 20 organizations, including the State Bar of Michigan, the ACLU of Michigan, several Michigan laws schools and Ford Motor Co., organizers said. In a 2017 investigation, The Detroit News found families in one out of five Detroit rentals face eviction every year and that the vast majority of landlords who took their renters to court were … [Read more...] about Legal groups propose help for poor Detroit tenants facing eviction
NEWARK, N.J. — Senator Cory Booker was educated at Stanford, Oxford and Yale, but he likes to say he got his real education at Brick Towers, the dilapidated and dangerous housing project in inner-city Newark where he spent eight years as a tenant—not by necessity, but by choice. Living in a 16th-floor apartment that often lacked heat, hot water and elevator service, among poor neighbors trapped on the slum side of the American Dream, this celebrated black prodigy from a comfortable white suburb took an extended tutorial in urban adversity. He got a firsthand introduction to the policy issues that drove his agenda as a city councilor, mayor and New Jersey senator, and will now drive his newly announced presidential campaign. Brick Towers is gone now, but on a chilly gray morning in January, Booker was back at the intersection it loomed over for decades, riffing on the difference between thinking about policy and experiencing it up close. He noted that his former neighbor … [Read more...] about Is Cory Booker for Real?
Logging the Onset of The Bottleneck Years This weekly posting is brought to you courtesy of H. E. Taylor. Happy reading, I hope you enjoy this week's Global Warming news roundup skip to bottom Mid-Summer's Day Edition June 23, 2013 Chuckles, Solstice, COP19+, Post-G8, UK Meeting, Indian Monsoon Sumatran Smog, European Flood, World Bank, Cook Fukushima: Note, News, Policies Melting Arctic, Arctic Birds, Methane, Antarctica Food: Crisis, Fisheries, GMOs, Production Hurricanes, Notable Weather, Extreme Weather, New Weather, Temperatures GHGs, Aerosols, Clouds, Paleoclimate, Oceans, Extinctions, Bees & CCD Impacts, Forests, Climate Refugees, Desertification, Tornadoes Wildfires, Corals, Acidification, Glaciers, Sea Levels, Floods & Droughts Mitigation, Cities, Biomimicry, Designed Endurance, Transportation Buildings, Sequestration, Geoengineering, Conservation, Adaptation Journals, Other Docs, Misc. Science, Models, Mees, … [Read more...] about Another Week of GW News, June 23, 2013