Studying the Affordability Crisis Across America

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Commentary from city leaders of Minnesota and New York said that all Americans should have access to homeownership, but “we are failing badly” at achieving this ideal, according to insight from City Lab. “In Brooklyn and Minneapolis, where we are city council members, skyrocketing prices push families out of the neighborhoods where they’ve lived for years,” the commentary said. “It’s impossible for young people to find a place to rent, much less own. Homelessness is at record levels, and in cities like Detroit, as many as one in five renters face eviction, part of a nationwide eviction epidemic.”The authors of the piece—Lisa Bender, President of the Minneapolis City Council and Brad Lander, Deputy leader for policy for the New York City Council—are members of Local Progress and last week began a three-day event in Durham, North Carolina, to address housing issues. Local Progress is a national network of “progressive elected officials” from cities and other local governments across the country. “Seventy years ago, the Housing Act of 1949 set the goal “of a decent home and a suitable living environment for every American,” but it has been decades since Washington was of any real help on affordable housing,” the authors wrote.The commentary adds that the removal of exclusionary zoning and building more housing is necessary to address the “imbalance of supply and demand,” but alone will  not solve for displacement and eviction. A report by the Los Angeles Times reveals that single-family zoning in California will soon be a thing of the past, as legislation is making it easier for homeowners to convert garages into residential spaces and freestanding homes. “We’re on the precipice of single-family zoning functionally not existing,” said Ben Metcalf, former Director of the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development.Durham, North Carolina, in September amended ordinances for higher density, “undoing decades-old vestigaes” of discrimination that have prevented African-Americans from owning homes. The ordinance, known as “Expanding Housing Choices,” amends zoning rules in areas near downtown to allow for higher density. City and county planners believe this could stabilize home prices as the market grows. Oregon’s HB 2001 went into effect on August 8, and mandates that cities with a population of more than or equal to 25,000 to allow middle-housing types on lots previously earmarked for the development of detached single-family housing.  Previous: Top Markets for Home-Flipping Investors Next: Residential Real Estate on “Shaky Ground” in Daily Dose, Featured, News Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Mike Albanese Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Housing Crisis Housing Market 2019 2019-10-14 Mike Albanese Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Savecenter_img Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Studying the Affordability Crisis Across America Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago October 14, 2019 990 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: Housing Crisis Housing Market 2019 The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Studying the Affordability Crisis Across Americalast_img read more

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Foundation commits nearly $1 million to Fair Trade Towns

first_imgTransFair USA, the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States, today announces that it has received a $50,000 grant from Green Mountain Coffee, and a three-year commitment of $925,000 from the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Foundation. The Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Foundation was established and is led separately from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) by GMCR Founder and Chairman Bob Stiller. This generous funding will galvanize TransFair USA’s effort to grow the Fair Trade movement and establish hundreds of Fair Trade Towns across the United States by 2013.Fair Trade is a multi-stakeholder effort to develop an alternative form of global trade that cultivates greater social justice and equity for farmers, workers, and artisans. It promises fair prices, safe working conditions, worker empowerment, market access and community investment. The Fair Trade Towns USA campaign is headquartered at and sponsored by TransFair USA.“For many years, GMCR has supported the Fair Trade movement because we believe that our highest quality coffees come from coffee-growing communities with a healthy quality of life. By choosing Fair Trade coffee – and now 72 other Fair Trade products – consumers can help support sustainable development and community empowerment for farming and artisan communities around the globe. We believe Fair Trade Towns USA can be an effective model for educating consumers on how easy it is to make a positive difference in the world through the products we purchase,” said Bob Stiller, Founder and Chairman, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. and President of the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Foundation.Fair Trade Towns USA’s ultimate goal is to raise consumer awareness, grow the availability of Fair Trade products, and drive sales in order to help lift millions of farming families out of poverty. The specific criteria to be officially recognized as a Fair Trade Town include showcasing Fair Trade products available in local stores, an active citizen support network, business engagement, and local government support. These criteria are designed to empower citizens to develop a permanent platform in their communities for continued outreach and advocacy.Currently, 13 U.S. municipalities have been recognized as Fair Trade Towns, including Amherst and Northampton (MA), Brattleboro and Burlington (VT), San Francisco and Chico (CA), Milwaukee (WI), Media (PA), Montclair and Highland Park (NJ), Bluffton (OH), Ballston Spa (NY), and Taos (NM). Furthermore, active campaigns are currently taking place in 30 additional towns and cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago, Boston, and Seattle. The movement started in England in 2000 and quickly spread across the United Kingdom and Europe, rising to 650 declared today.Fair Trade Towns USA unites a diverse group of inspired Fair Trade activists including project collaborators the Fair Trade Federation, a North American trade association of organizations fully committed to Fair Trade, and the Fair Trade Resource Network, which gathers, develops, and disseminates educational resources to people and organizations interested in the movement.“Fair Trade Towns USA will empower socially responsible community groups and businesses around the country that are committed to raising consumer awareness around a simple truth: every dollar we spend is a powerful decision, with ramifications that echo across continents,” said William Linstead Goldsmith, National Coordinator of Fair Trade Towns USA.The funding will allow the U.S. program to develop online collaboration and organizing efforts, create educational outreach materials and events, train leaders, and offer a grants program to support local organizing efforts.About the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters FoundationThe Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the sponsorship of educational events, seminars and lecture series on topics such as human development and potential, business, and management in order to foster positive change on personal, organizational, community and global levels. The Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Foundation was established and is led separately from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) by GMCR Founder and Chairman Bob Stiller.About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR)As a leader in the specialty coffee industry, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR’s operations are managed through two business units. The Specialty Coffee business unit produces coffee, tea and hot cocoa from its family of brands, including Green Mountain Coffee®, Newman’s Own® Organics coffee, Tully’s Coffee®, and Timothy’s World Coffee®. The Keurig business unit is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup brewing systems. K-Cup® portion packs for Keurig® Single-Cup Brewers are produced by a variety of licensed roasters and brands, including Green Mountain Coffee, Tully’s Coffee and Timothy’s. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100 percent of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in Fair Trade Certified™ coffee, and donating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects. Visit is external) for more information.About TransFair USATransFair USA, a nonprofit organization, is the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States. TransFair USA audits and certifies transactions between U.S. companies and their international suppliers to guarantee that the farmers and workers producing Fair Trade Certified goods were paid fair prices and wages. TransFair USA educates consumers, brings new manufacturers and retailers into the Fair Trade system, and provides farmers with tools, training and resources to thrive as international businesspeople. Visit is external) for more information.Editor’s Note:Fair Trade Towns USA campaigns are currently being conducted in the following 30 U.S. cities, in 20 states and districts:1. Mesa, Arizona2. Berkeley, California3. Buena Vista, California4. Los Angeles, California5. Oakland, California6. San Diego, California7. San Jose, California8. San Luis Obispo, California9. Boulder, Colorado10. Washington, DC11. Orlando, Florida12. Chicago, Illinois13. Bloomington, Indiana14. Overland Park, Kansas15. Boston, Massachusetts16. Greenfield, Massachusetts17. Mankato, Minnesota18. Missoula, Montana19. Chapel Hill, North Carolina20. Red Bank, New Jersey21. Teaneck, New Jersey22. Cold Spring, New York23. Delmar, New York24. New York, New York25. Norman, Oklahoma26. Meadville, Pennsylvania27. Austin, Texas28. Charlottesville, Virginia29. Seattle, Washington30. Madison, WisconsinSource: OAKLAND, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–TransFair USA3.9.2010last_img read more

Bad-boy Suarez denies Blues

first_img For such an odd incident Suarez has previous, having served a seven-match ban for biting PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax immediately prior to his move to Liverpool in January 2011. The 26-year-old is no stranger to controversy, having been sent off for a goalline handball in a World Cup quarter-final, suspended for eight matches for racially abusing Patrice Evra and admitting to diving earlier this season. It was even his handball which resulted in Chelsea’s match-winning penalty and it seems inevitable the Football Association will be contacting him again. Benitez remains a hugely divisive figure and that was highlighted no better than with his stepping back out into Anfield for the first time nearly three years after leaving. Supporters warmly welcomed the man viewed as a returning hero in these parts – the only ones not applauding were those from Chelsea whose objections to the Spaniard directly result from his red roots. Chelsea’s opening goal was courtesy of a near-post header by Brazil international Oscar who managed to out-fox Daniel Agger and then beat Jose Reina inside his left-hand post. At half-time Philippe Coutinho was replaced by Sturridge – bought from Chelsea in January – and he instantly changed the dynamic. His first run put Steven Gerrard clean through – only for Petr Cech to deflect the shot wide with his legs – and then he smashed a 25-yard effort against the post. But the England striker did brilliantly to get his feet in the right position to convert an awkward chance from Suarez’s far post cross in the 52nd minute. Liverpool’s bubble was burst pretty quickly, however, as when Suarez handled defending a Juan Mata corner Hazard stroked home from the spot. They continued to press but the closest they came to puncturing a hole in Chelsea’s defence, apart from Suarez’s teeth, was when substitute Jonjo Shelvey fired into the side-netting. However, Suarez produced another talking point by heading home Sturridge’s cross with the clock showing 96 minutes and 34 seconds. The spotlight was supposed to have been reserved for former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez on his first appearance back at Anfield but Reds striker Luis Suarez upstaged him with a bizarre biting incident and the latest of late equalisers in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea. Press Associationcenter_img Benitez was denied a victorious return to the scene of many of his former glories by player of the year candidate Suarez who ensured the focus was all on him – again. It would not have been until, with Chelsea 2-1 up thanks to Oscar’s header and Eden Hazard’s penalty either side of Daniel Sturridge’s equaliser, he chose to sink his teeth into Branislav Ivanovic as the pair tangled in the penalty area. Referee Kevin Friend missed the incident and despite the Chelsea defender’s protests no action was taken. Suarez’s equalising goal with virtually the last kick of the game in the sixth and final minute of added time will probably be forgotten in the furore which is to follow. last_img read more