skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Day of action focuses on CT undocumented's healthcare needs; 7 jurors seated in first Trump criminal trial; ND looks to ease 'upskill' obstacles for former college students; Black Maternal Health Week ends, health disparities persist.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Seven jury members were seated in Trump's hush money case. House Speaker Johnson could lose his job over Ukraine aid. And the SCOTUS heard oral arguments in a case that could undo charges for January 6th rioters.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Fears grow that low-income folks living in USDA housing could be forced out, North Carolina's small and Black-owned farms are helped by new wind and solar revenues, and small towns are eligible for grants to boost civic participation..

NY advocates call out state for mishandling the housing crisis

play audio
Play

Thursday, January 25, 2024   

New York housing advocates feel the state is not taking the affordable housing crisis seriously.

The recent budget proposal and State of the State address neglected to talk about reducing high rental costs and protecting tenants from unlawful eviction.

A Rand Corporation report noted state policies haven't taken steps to address systematic barriers and cost drivers limiting housing production.

Cea Weaver, campaign coordinator for Housing Justice For All, sees towns and cities taking steps to solve their affordable housing problems.

"Across the state, tenants are working to opt into rent control in New York City, in Rochester, in Ithaca, in Syracuse," Weaver outlined. "Other places, Hudson Valley. New Yorkers are opting into rent stabilization so, that's an important measure that keeps people housed."

She argued passing good cause eviction protections and creating a housing access voucher program could reduce housing issues. Opposition has come from the real estate industry, which wants to keep things status quo.

While Gov. Kathy Hochul has said people are leaving New York due to a housing shortage, Weaver noted it is due to rising costs. The Fiscal Policy Institute reported on average, savings from lower housing costs are 15 times greater than savings from taxes for former New Yorkers.

Housing affordability is an issue voters across party lines want addressed. Weaver acknowledged despite the inertia in the Legislature to get this done, a lack of political will is the ultimate hurdle.

"I think sometimes in an election year, people make the decision to just keep their head down and do nothing when they really could do something brave," Weaver asserted. "There's an assumption that 'If I don't move, maybe they won't see anything, everything will be OK,' or something like that. It's annoying. It's really, really silly."

It is uncertain how much longer the issue can be put off. Cities across the state are declaring housing emergencies due to high rents and costs. Newburgh declared one in 2023, with Ithaca and Rochester facing similar issues.

A 2021 survey found 77% of Newburgh residents would leave because of high rents since they're spending more than 30% of their income on housing alone.


get more stories like this via email
more stories
Since 2009, Market Match has served tens of thousands of low-income Californians to buy produce at markets like this one in San Francisco.(Heart of the City Market)

Social Issues

play sound

California's program helping low-income families buy fresh fruit and vegetables is on the chopping block and health care advocates are asking legislat…


Social Issues

play sound

A persistent child care worker shortage across New Hampshire is leaving families with few options. The state is currently short more than 7,000 …

Social Issues

play sound

The child welfare system in Pennsylvania faces a staffing crisis affecting children and families throughout the system. The Child Welfare Resource …


By 2031, good jobs accessible to people with only a high school education will represent just 6% of all jobs. (bodnarphoto/Adobe Stock)

play sound

Work is being done in rural areas across Texas to make sure students are prepared for the workforce even if they intend to stay put after graduation…

play sound

This summer, colleges and universities will have to comply with a new federal rule and not withhold students' transcripts over unpaid tuition and …

From 2017 to 2019, Ohio ranked 46th among 50 states for pollution exposure, including exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution. (Halfpoint/Adobe Stock)

play sound

Recent data ranks Columbus as the most polluted major city in the U.S., highlighting concerns about common pollutants, like smog and vehicle …

Health and Wellness

play sound

While Black Maternal Health Week is wrapping up, health disparities for pregnant Black women continues to be an issue. From April 11-17 this year…

Social Issues

play sound

Kentuckians have less than a week to register to vote in next month's primary election. If folks miss the April 22 deadline, residents can still …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021