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December 28, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The number of families waiting for city-run public housing in New York City has reached a record 240,000, and the wait for some could be 20 years, a newspaper reported. "There has been no meaningful construction of new apartments, and the city does not have the means to construct housing in a major way," Sally Hernandez-Pinero, chairwoman of the Housing Authority, told the New York Times.
October 25, 1998 | Jacqueline Leavitt, Jacqueline Leavitt is a professor of urban planning at the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research
Why, in the midst of a severe shortage of affordable housing, is Los Angeles demolishing badly needed public-housing units and replacing only two-thirds of them?
March 4, 1992 | From Associated Press
The federal government's plan to evict people suspected of using drugs from public housing in 23 cities violates the Constitution, a federal appeals court said Tuesday. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a December, 1990, ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard L. Williams that barred any such eviction without notice and a hearing, except in extraordinary circumstances.
Public housing tenant Elisa Walters never imagined that she would have to live outside the world of subsidized shelter. After all, the disabled grandmother has been in a low-rent unit on the same city block for 26 years. And during that time, even as crime and urban decay slowly swallowed her south Oxnard neighborhood, she has managed to maintain a quiet life nestled comfortably inside the womb of government housing.
May 23, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The National Rifle Assn. said it will sue the Chicago Housing Authority over its policy of banning guns from public housing. The NRA, in a letter to the authority, said the Illinois state constitution prohibits a public agency from imposing such a restriction. It also said the ban is discriminatory because it is applied mostly to blacks. "I have instructed (counsel) to prepare a response to the NRA, and . . .
January 28, 1998
The state of California has awarded the Los Angeles Housing Authority more than $1 million in child-care subsidies to help residents working or in training stay off welfare, an official said Tuesday. The education department grant of $1,089,543 will cover the one-year cost of caring for about 150 youngsters, ranging in age from infants to 3 years, said Don Smith, executive director of the housing authority.
September 29, 1990 | From Associated Press
The first sale of a federally subsidized public housing complex to its residents was completed on Friday--for $1. The transfer of the Kenilworth-Parkside public housing development in the city's northeast quadrant capped a five-year process in which the residents successfully managed the complex and qualified to purchase the property under a program promoted by Housing Secretary Jack Kemp. "The residents have worked so hard over the past five years to make this possible.
March 29, 1996 | From Associated Press
President Clinton ordered eviction Thursday for anyone committing a violent or drug-related crime in public housing, declaring a "one strike and you're out" rule is needed to make such housing safe. The president signed a directive ordering Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry G. Cisneros to issue national guidelines for housing authorities to incorporate the policy through tenant screening and lease agreements.
August 30, 1995 | From Associated Press
The Clinton Administration proposed converting public housing projects into "learning campuses" where tenants would take courses or participate in job training as a condition of living there. The idea is to replicate a college environment of living in dormitories while pursuing a degree, Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros said Tuesday. Unlike college, classes would be offered to all residents, from toddlers to the elderly, through day care or life-enrichment programs.
March 22, 1997
The competition for public housing units has eased in L.A. County, in part because of new federal rules that require criminal background checks on applicants. The county is also evicting tenants who commit crimes. People who live in county housing told JAMES BLAIR that they're appreciative, but that background checks are just part of a larger anti-crime effort. They also say there's a night-and-day difference between L.A. county housing and the well-publicized disarray of L.A.
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