Seattle imposes $275 ‘head tax’ to combat homelessness

Real estate agents and brokers are not tossing their hats in the air this week with the news that the city of Seattle is adding a tax to large businesses of $275 per full-time worker per year to help combat homelessness, which is a big problem in the city.

Queens residents protest outside NYC mayor’s mansion, City Hall over new homeless shelter

Elected officials and community activists continued their fight over the city’s placement of a new homeless shelter in Queens on the outskirts of one of its most pricey neighborhoods.

Third Blissville homeless shelter since 2017 to open in Queens, NY

An industrial enclave of a hip neighborhood in Queens, New York, will serve as the latest site for a homeless shelter in an area already festooned with temporary housing. A Fairfield Inn hotel at 52-34 Van Dam Street in the …

5 ways for real estate agents to give back this Thanksgiving

Being at home is to be relaxed and comfortable, in harmony with one’s surroundings. As the familiar adage goes, “home is where the heart is.” Our emotional attachment is so evident that we become homesick when we are away for prolonged periods …

Zillow Group pledges $5M to help those on verge of homelessness

Over the next five years Seattle-based online real estate giant Zillow Group will dedicate money, services, products and resources to address housing insecurity across the nation through its first social impact program, “The Home Project.” …

California Takes Major Step Toward Affordable Housing

California is long overdue for legislation that will solve the state’s crumbling affordable housing infrastructure. Repairing the crisis will be a long and arduous process, but progress has been revealed in the form of a housing package made up of 15 bills. Gov. Jerry Brown signed them into law on Sept. 29 outside an affordable […]

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Even Affordable Rentals Are Too Expensive for Lowest Income Tier

Housing in major metropolitan areas is moving beyond the means of many, with renters, especially, burdened by rising rents and standstill wages. Affordability has become so strained, according to a recent analysis by Zillow, that even cheap rentals are out of reach for the very segment they’re priced for. Researchers at Zillow assessed income data […]

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Report: High Rents Worsening Homelessness

High rents are worsening homelessness in major cities across the country, especially where homelessness is already at dire levels, according to a recent analysis by Zillow. Analysts estimated resulting homeless populations given a 5 percent rise in rent in 24 metropolitan areas, forecasting critical outcomes in Los Angeles and New York, where thousands more would […]

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HUD Takes Action in Final Days of Obama Administration

The Obama Administration has taken a slew of steps to cement its legacy in its final days, including addressing issues in housing. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Friday awarded funds to support both homeless youth and aging-in-place seniors, and issued a final rule regarding household lead exposure in children. Homeless youth […]

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Homelessness in the U.S. continues to decline, says H.U.D.

The holiday season is in full swing, with many decking the halls with ornate decorations, filling their online shopping carts with gifts galore, and dressing to the nines for Christmas parties and other celebrations. On the other hand, the season serve…