Charlottesville group pushes leaders to link climate goals with energy equity

By Elizabeth McGowan, US Energy News, August 18, 2020 A recent report draws attention to the extreme energy burden facing hundreds of low-income and people of color in the community. At first glance, access to affordable and secure energy doesn’t seem much of a struggle for residents of Charlottesville, Virginia. On average, households spend just over 2% of their income …

Innovations in Naturally Affordable Housing

Synopsis of Select 14 Sessions Introduction: Please find a very brief introduction to each of the sessions, listing the presenters and how you can access their programmatic information from their websites, books and articles.  While I took 49 pages of handwritten notes, I do not plan to type them up. Topic: ADUs Increasing Residential Density with Manufactured ADUs Presenter: Patrick …

29-43% of renter households, could be at risk of eviction by the end of the year, and people of color are most at risk

Thirty-one percent of Black renters reported they were unable to pay rent in July compared to 28% of Latinx renters and 14% of White renters, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA, said during a Friday virtual town hall hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus. Thirty to forty million people, or 29-43% of renter households, could be at risk of eviction by the end of the year, …

Community Land Trust Builds Social Housing

By Brittany Ebeling, GEO Coop, August 7, 2020 | CREATE! In Shareable. European communities are adapting the U.S. model of the community land trust to mitigate the housing affordability crisis. While trusts in the U.S. stemmed from the civil rights movement with the goal of securing access to land for Black farmers in the South, European countries have applied the movement’s logic to rural and urban …

Supporting shift to solar for renters and landlords

PV-Magazine, July 2020 – Landlords and renters in Victoria can now apply for interest-free loans in addition to generous rebates offered under the state government’s Solar Homes program. In so doing, eligible landlords will be able to cut the upfront cost of installing PV by up to $3,700. Victoria’s landmark $1.3 Solar Homes program currently offers landlords a subsidy of up to …

A Pandemic and Surging Summer Heat Leave Thousands Struggling to Pay Utility Bills

High unemployment, stay at home orders and rising temperatures due to climate change are fueling energy insecurity and furthering the need for assistance. By Maddie Kornfeld, Climate Home News, JUL 14, 2020 When the coronavirus pandemic forced classrooms to close this spring, Leticia Garcia’s family in Fairfax County, Virginia, quickly ran short of money. Garcia cleans schools for a living …

Living affordability is a major and growing concern. Recent Census survey says about 44 percent and 41 percent of adult Latino and black renters, respectively, said they had no or slight confidence they could pay their rent next month

Living affordability is a major and growing concern. With rising unemployment, housing experts are predicting that 20 percent of all renters will be at risk of eviction by early fall. As with other aspects of the pandemic, Black and Latino people will be hurt the most. As reported in the Washington Post, a recent Census survey found that “about 44 percent and 41 percent …

More Than 20 Million People in US Face Eviction by the End of September

By Igor Derysh, Salon, July 12, 2020 One in five Americans who live in rentals could face eviction by the end of September as Congressional Republicans move to cut off unemployment assistance and other coronavirus relief, according to an analysis by the Aspen Institute. More than 20 million people — roughly 20% of the 110 million Americans living in rented homes — could face …

Tackling evictions, housing and the prison-to-homelessness pipeline: Formerly incarcerated people are nearly 10 times more likely to experience homelessness than the general population. Half move directly to shelters in some places

Formerly incarcerated people are nearly 10 times more likely to experience homelessness than the general population, according to a Prison Policy Initiative report. In New York City alone, over 54% of individuals who are released from prison move directly into the shelter system.  Criminalized people live in a perpetual state of insecurity, Lucius Couloute, sociologist and assistant professor at Suffolk University, said in …

In 30 years from now, on the current path, almost half a million existing homes will be on land that floods at least once a year

Rising seas threaten an American institution: The 30-year mortgage The New York Times | Christopher Flavelle Up and down the coastline, rising seas and climate change are transforming a fixture of American homeownership that dates back generations: the classic 30-year mortgage. Home buyers are increasingly using mortgages that make it easier for them to stop making their monthly payments and …