A Housing Works dynamo smooths out the bumpy road for homeless
On Wednesday, lawmakers approved AB 639, a bill resource by Assembly Speaker John A. Perez (D-Los Angeles) that would schedule a vote next June on a ballot measure to restructure Proposition 12. The new measure would cut the amount of bonds for CalVet loans to $300 million, while authorizing the state to issue $600 million in bonds for affordable, multifamily housing for vets. Unlike the bonds for the home loans, which are repaid entirely by the vets who take out mortgages, the ones for apartment projects would be financed by the state at an estimated cost of $25 million a year for 30 years.
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The Kids Are All Right (Sometimes): The Housing Crisis and Children’s Academic Performance
In addition, children experiencing foreclosure are significantly less likely to exit the public school system than similarly situated students who do not experience foreclosure. The same study found that though children experiencing post-foreclosure school moves end up attending lower-performing schools, the change in school quality was no different from that experienced by non-foreclosed children who switched schools. Another recent study in San Diego found that children residing in housing who received a notice of default performed worse in mathematics on the annual state assessment, and that the poor performance persisted over time.
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But she knew it would be a tough case. The first encounter did not go well. When I introduced Lowery to Mr. Ayers, he greeted her politely but informed her he would not vacate his apartment without a fight. But Housing Works, established by members of the Immaculate Heart Community, stands behind a vow to do “whatever it takes for as long as it takes.” Lowery assigned Anthony Ruffin to begin meeting regularly with Mr. Ayers, and although he made headway in earning his trust, moving out remained a non-starter.
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