White House surges aid to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico on a haunting five-year anniversary

White House surges aid to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico on a haunting five-year anniversary

CNN  —  Exactly five years after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, yet another catastrophic storm is testing the federal government’s capacity to mount a rapid response on an island exposed by its rudimentary infrastructure and vulnerability to climate change. The Biden White House is mobilizing a surge of assistance after Hurricane Fiona triggered lashing rains, … Read more

NYC launches ‘Big Apple Connect,” nation’s largest free municipal broadband program, for NYCHA residents

NYC launches ‘Big Apple Connect,” nation’s largest free municipal broadband program, for NYCHA residents

NEW YORK CITY — New York City launched “Big Apple Connect” on Monday, bringing free high-speed internet to NYCHA residents in what is the nation’s largest free municipal broadband program. Mayor Eric Adams and Chief Technology Officer Matthew Fraser announced the citywide launch after a successful pilot program. The landmark digital equity program will make … Read more

Council’s eviction of campers from park may breach human rights, says social justice lawyer

Council’s eviction of campers from park may breach human rights, says social justice lawyer

A social justice advocate has branded the eviction of campers from a park in Bendigo a potential attack on human rights. Key points: Bendigo council’s director says social housing is not their responsibility On Friday, the Victorian government changed the status of the park at council’s request so camping is not allowed But a social justice … Read more

$70m that renters unknowingly owed to NT government is ‘quietly’ waived

m that renters unknowingly owed to NT government is ‘quietly’ waived

Legal advocates say the Northern Territory government has “quietly” wiped $70 million worth of rental debt allegedly owed by remote residents who didn’t know the debt existed. Key points: The government has not formally announced the debt waiver and it comes as rents are set to rise Lawyer Dan Kelly says the saga is evidence remote housing … Read more

City of Yonkers gets 14,500 applicants after opening affordable housing waitlist for 1st time in 10 years

City of Yonkers gets 14,500 applicants after opening affordable housing waitlist for 1st time in 10 years

YONKERS, New York (WABC) — The City of Yonkers opened its affordable housing waitlist for the first time in 10 years Tuesday. In just two weeks more than 14,500 people applied for the 3,000 available Housing Choice Vouchers. Jordana Hernandez, who is in a wheelchair, currently lives in a senior citizen building with her son … Read more

South Australia’s public housing shortage worsens, as number of people on waiting list reaches 17,000

South Australia’s public housing shortage worsens, as number of people on waiting list reaches 17,000

Work has began on the first stages of the South Australian government’s plan to build 400 new public houses as advocates say the housing shortage is worsening by the day.  Key points: In South Australia, 17,000 people are on the waiting list for public housing  The state government has signed contracts to build 44 new … Read more

City of Newark partners with NACA to provide housing voucher receipients homeowner opportunity

City of Newark partners with NACA to provide housing voucher receipients homeowner opportunity

NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) — Some Newark Housing Authority residents will soon get the opportunity to participate in a renter-to-homeowner voucher program. Araselys Maldonado, a public housing tenant, will become the first Housing Choice Voucher holder to become a homeowner through Newark’s new partnership with the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America. “We are committed to … Read more

Port Pirie suburb records 25 per cent rise in median rental price as vacancy rates remain at historic lows

Port Pirie suburb records 25 per cent rise in median rental price as vacancy rates remain at historic lows

Data from a real estate report shows a suburb in the regional town of Port Pirie is one of five in South Australia with the biggest increase in weekly rent prices.  Key points: Weekly asking rents in a Port Pirie suburb have increased by 25 per cent in the past year There are six vacant public houses … Read more

How London’s ‘iceberg’ homes and luxury mega basements represent wealth burrowing underground

How London’s ‘iceberg’ homes and luxury mega basements represent wealth burrowing underground

“We’re probably walking above someone’s swimming pool now.” Roger Burrows has become used to walking on “icebergs” on dry land. In many areas of “super-prime” London, where the city’s super-rich have their homes, planning restrictions and conservation guidelines mean you can’t extend your property laterally or add floors on top. The solution? Dig down. Burrows … Read more

The Kid Laroi: Inside the complicated childhood of Australian star

The Kid Laroi: Inside the complicated childhood of Australian star

From being kicked out of housing commission surrounded by “meth heads” to billions of views, The Kid Laroi has had quite a ride. It’s hard to believe that just three years ago global rap superstar The Kid Laroi was living in a rough housing commission block in Sydney’s inner-west surrounded by drugs and violence. The … Read more