Monthly Archives: December 2012

Policy recommendations for rooming houses

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  • Make evictions fast for rooming houses, so that owners can enforce zero tolerance for crime and other negative behavior.
  • Require mandatory rent escrowing for code violations, so that marginal housing gets protected from malicious property damage and unchecked rent withholding.
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No.1 cause of homelessness: Rooming houses OUTLAWED.

“This is really important,” said the superintendent who watches the front door of a rooming house on Boston’s Beacon Hill, just half a block from the State House. “There aren’t many of these left. If these people didn’t have this, … Read More “No.1 cause of homelessness: Rooming houses OUTLAWED.”

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Homelessness Up

Officials and nonprofit leaders keep pursuing the same old housing strategy for the poor – try to get more tax money to build more subsidized housing – in the face of glaring statistics that it simply does not work. What … Read More “Homelessness Up”

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How the government killed affordable housing

By John O. Norquist – Mayor of Milwaukee and a Democrat.  Adapted from his book The Wealth of Cities: Revitalizing the Centers of American Life.

A big-city politician deplores government intrusion into housing and urges cooperation with private owners

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Section 8 vouchers bring drug problems that are hard to get rid of

One landlord – we won’t identify him or where he lives to avoid retaliation – is fed up with 15 years of drug activity and misbehavior by some tenants on section 8 vouchers living in his neighborhood. The city housing … Read More “Section 8 vouchers bring drug problems that are hard to get rid of”

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