Five things you need to know about homelessness

Homelessness is rising sharply and councils, charities and private companies are working to find emergency solutions. Videos produced by Inside Housing and sponsored by Mears outline the scale of the challenge.

More and more households are living in temporary accommodation in England. In fact the number has increased 65% since 2010, according to official statistics.

Watch the video below outlining five things you need to know about the homelessness crisis, including information about what you can do to help.

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Shipping containers converted into affordable small homes

Affordable housing campaigner Robin Howell wants to persuade local authorities that shipping containers can help solve the housing crisis.

He has converted two of the containers, at a site in Bridgwater, Somerset, into prototype designs and hopes to expand the scheme to offer them as affordable rental housing.

The small homes are complete with kitchen, bathroom and a bedroom.

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Social housing: UK Government urged to build 3.1 million homes

A cross-party commission has recommended that the UK government should build 3.1 million council homes over the next 20 years.

In a report highlighting the extent of the housing crisis — from the 277,000 people now homeless to the one in five private renters cutting back on food to pay the rent — the Shelter Commission on the Future of Social Housing warned that, with no change, a generation of young families would be “trapped renting privately for their whole lives”.

Drawing on historical commitments — including the Conservatives’ 1951 pledge to build 300,000 houses a year — it calls for a return to a “more ambitious understanding of social housing’s purpose”.

“A fundamental shift is needed in how we think about social housing,” it says. “In the post-war period, politicians of both parties — from Macmillan to Bevan — saw public house-building as an investment. They espoused the idea that it should help meet people’s aspirations, as well as their needs. From this height, new social housing has slowed to a trickle of just 6,000 a year.”

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The 3.1 million homes envisaged would not just cater for those in greatest need but also for “young families trying to get on and save for their future”, and older private renters.

The Government has pledged to build 300,000 new homes a year, and has instigated reforms which include lifting the cap on local-authority borrowing. But the Commission argues that building more council houses is “the only credible hope that government has of reaching its target”.

Over the past five years, an average of 166,000 homes have been built each year. There are currently 1.2 million households on the waiting list for social housing, including 250,639 who live in unsanitary or overcrowded conditions, and 144,196 who are homeless. The average share of income that young families spend on housing has trebled over the past 50 years. It is estimated that 41 per cent of private renters spend 41 per cent of their household income on rent.

“The speculative model of development that our market house-building system is based on is structurally incapable of building the quantity or type of homes that would bring down prices,” the Commission says — echoing a diagnosis given by the Bishop of Manchester, Dr David Walker.

The Commission has called for a cross-party consensus. In October, the Prime Minister acknowledged that social housing had been “pushed to the edge of the political debate”, and announced an extra £2 billion of funding for housing associations.

In November the centre-right think-tank, the Centre for Social Justice said that the slump in council housing over recent decades had had “devastating consequences” for both the taxpayer and low earners. Although it considered mass council housing building “highly unlikely”, it recommended that the Government “definitively model the financial implications of shifting demand-side subsidy through housing benefits to supply-side investment in truly affordable housing over the longer term”.

Calculations by Capital Economics, commissioned by Shelter, suggest that the cost of the 3.1 million council houses would be between £10.7 billion and £5.4 billion per year, depending on the wider economic benefits of investment and welfare savings. The programme would “pay back in full over 39 years”. The Government currently spends £21 billion annually on housing benefit and spending on temporary accommodation has risen to nearly £1 billion.

The right-wing think-tank, the Centre for Policy Studies has different prescriptions, which include simplifying the planning system and speeding up the disposal of public land. It has also called for an “ownership revolution”, including incentives for landlords to sell.

The Commission also explores the stigma surrounding social housing, which was noted by Mrs May. A Britain Thinks survey found that two out of three private renter respondents felt that people would perceive them in a more negative light if they lived in social housing.

This stigma is “misplaced”, the Commission says. “Social housing is not damaging to people, nor does it cause deprivation. Rather than being a barrier to mobility and aspiration, social renters found that it could be a platform for getting on in life.” It is also, it argues, “one of the key tools that we have to avoid the social segregation seen in different parts of the world”.

The Commission, established a year ago in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, is chaired by the Minister of Notting Hill Methodist Church, the Revd Dr Mike Long. Other members include the Conservative peer Baroness Warsi, the former Labour leader Ed Miliband, and Rob Gershon, a council house tenant and activist.

“The time for the government to act is now,” the report says. “In the shadow of the Grenfell Tower fire and ten years on from the financial crash, with the nation divided by a worsening housing crisis affecting more and more people, the appetite for change has never been greater.”

Sophie Cowan, an ordination candidate at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford who grew up on a council estate, worked in social housing, and is focusing on estates ministry in her MTH studies, said that social housing needed “renewed vision, not simply bigger building projects”.

“The idea that the longer you spend on the waiting list the more likely you are to be provided with accommodation simply does not match the legislative requirement to house those considered to be most in need,” she said. “If this is how social-housing is actually functioning, it is worth asking whether or not its purpose has changed. For example, the Right to Buy at highly discounted prices — amounts which do not equate to the cost of building new homes — though a worthy aim, may no longer be viable.”

As buying property became more difficult, she suggested, perhaps “long-term renting ought to be thought of as the ‘norm’, rather than a ‘trap’ for those who’s landlord is the Local Authority.” Another part of the solution could be preventing landlords’ from obtaining information about potential tenants’ income, to tackle the refusal of those on housing benefit.

“Building more houses may address the needs of some in emergency situations, but it is unlikely to combat issues such as homelessness for single men particularly, who are not considered a priority in law,” she said.

The Bishop of Kensington, Dr Graham Tomlin, welcomed the report.

“The disaster at Grenfell Tower showed how social housing has often been neglected in the past and that we badly need more and better quality social housing,” he said. “The social-housing sector also needs tighter regulation to ensure safety standards are kept high to prevent tragedies like Grenfell happening again.”

He called, too, for “a different attitude to it . . . a new culture that values social housing as an important and valid part of our housing stock in this country. . .

“We also need action to use current housing stock better. There are too many empty properties around the country.”

U.S.Government shutdown hits affordable housing

Desiree Trail was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in 2001 after surviving a multiple sexual assaults, getting clean after a drug addiction and weaving in and out of homelessness. The 48-year-old single mother says it took years before she was able to gain access to affordable housing in 2015 under the Section 811 program for people with disabilities.

Since then, Trail has lived in a two-bedroom apartment in Stafford, Virginia, with her nine-year-old daughter.

But now she is worried she will lose her home thanks to the government shutdown triggered by a fight over funding for a wall on the Mexican border.

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With the partial shutdown nearing three weeks, federal agencies such as the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (Hud) have furloughed the majority of their staff. This shutdown is now the second-longest in US history and NBC News reported that more than 1,000 federal contracts with private landlords providing housing have expired in those weeks.

“I called my rental office this morning and they haven’t heard anything. I called Senator [Tim] Kaine’s office in [Washington] DC and Richmond but unfortunately most of the calls I’ve made, the voicemails are full or the phone systems are down because of the mass influx of calls, so this causes a lot of stress,” she said.

Right now, through various social services, Trail has a monthly income of just over $1,000. Some of that goes to her son in Richmond, $200 is spent on groceries for her small family while another $250 goes towards rent and utilities. Average rent in the area for her apartment is at least $1,300, she estimates, higher than her monthly income. Not much is left over, she says, so if she’s kicked out of her Hud-subsidized housing, she’ll be homeless because she can’t afford a motel.

Because of her disabilities, ranging from fibromyalgia and PTSD to neuropathy, she can’t work.

“This is very triggering,” she began, referring to a letter , first published by the Washington Post, sent to landlords by Hud officials asking them not to evict tenants after they realized funding for multi-family programs were not renewed before the government closed at the end of December.

“At one time I was homeless,” she said. Before she had her daughter, she spent nearly 15 years sleeping in motel rooms and on couches. And before that, she spent her childhood in foster care.

Trail doesn’t want her daughter to experience even one night in a motel room, explaining why the potential of losing her affordable housing hit her especially hard. “This puts single mothers into a position where they’re very vulnerable,” she continued, her voice rising. “A lot of us are being held emotionally hostage.

Diane Yentel, the NLIHC president and CEO, told the Guardian that the shutdown was a threat to America’s most vulnerable people.

“The vast majority are deeply poor seniors, people with disabilities and families with children. Already, as a result of the shutdown, Hud cannot cover the costs for subsidized homes housing an estimated 70,000 low-income seniors and people with disabilities. Owners of these properties are being asked to cover the costs in the meantime, but the longer the shutdown continues the less likely they will be able to do so,” she said in a statement.

Some landlords are saying they will step into the gap. Heather Goff, whose family owns approximately 200 Hud housing units in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, told the Guardian no one will be evicted from any of their properties. Their reasoning is threefold: first, her grandparents acquired the properties in the mid-70s so most are owned outright. Second, she says, their properties are Section 8 housing, meaning the tenants pay 30%, Section 8 vouchers pick up a large chunk and Hud pays for whatever is left over.

Finally, if someone isn’t able to cover rent, the Goff family pays because “some of our tenants we’ve had for decades and are really a part of our extended family”, she said.

“We will do what it takes to keep our [people] housed,” she said.

But not all low-income tenants are as secure as Goff’s. Many are speaking out on social media weeks after the viral hashtag #shutdownstories was used to inform the public of the real-world impact of a long-term government shutdown affecting more than 800,000 employees.

Twitter user Suzn worried about her elderly mother in public housing, lamenting: “I’m very concerned about my 93-[year-old] mother. She lives in HUD approved housing for seniors. She submitted all paperwork to recertify as low income. HUD shut down & can’t do whatever is needed to mediate with landlord. Will she be a casualty of shutdown? Too close to home.”

In Ogden, Utah, a disabled woman in Hud housing posted: “I’m disabled, on housing, unable to work. Mr. President where will I go? Do you care? Is there a room in one of your places where I can live for free? Will I stay warm? Will I be safe? Mr. President, do you have a heart?”

Trail says her nine-year-old has the same questions for Trump. Her daughter hates him, Trail says with a laugh. “A lot is riding on my [child’s] future. This man, [Trump], said it could go on for months. It’s just to appease his ego, as far as I’m concerned.”

Trail said she has gotten into arguments with family members who support the shutdown and staunchly believe in holding out until the government gets the approval for Trump to build a wall. But those same family members, who don’t agree with her liberal views, assure her they will never let her go homeless if she has to move as a result of the shutdown.

Will her daughter have to switch schools, she interrupts herself. Some people, those who can’t afford motel rooms, live in the woods near her home. “I don’t even have the money to pay for a motel,” she admitted, not wanting to say out loud where she and her daughter would have to go if the shutdown dragged into the coming months.

“I need to keep a roof over my head,” she said.

We Now Build Affordable Homes – Emmanual Afolayan

Now that the reality has dawned on us, we are now building the kind of houses that the market will easily accept. The houses being built today are more affordable than before. Building houses for the high-end market today is becoming almost impossible to either rent out or sell.

On the side of the consumer or the buyers of our houses, unlike before when people look at the size of their families to think of the kind of houses they should take up when they cannot really afford it. But now what buyers of our houses are looking for is what they can easily pay for, either immediately or over time.

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So, we are now meeting at a good point, we building what they need and they getting to the market and seeing what they can afford. From that I can say that 2019 will be looking good because that is the year when supply will be reasonable enough to meet an encouraging demand.

The government I think has come to realize that the basic need of an average human being is shelter. Though this has been on the concurrent list of the Constitution, but government has not been too serious about it.

With the Family Home Fund, which is set to provide liquidity for construction finance and liquidity for the mortgage companies; I think 2019 will look much better.

But government has to look into enforcement of the law. We got the Administrative Order that the housing subsector should be exempted from paying VAT. Take for instance, you are not expecting me to buy a house of N5million and you are asking me to bring about N250,000 as VAT. How much then is the profit. Those are part of the things that make cost of housing high.

But giving an administrative Order is not enough. We want to see enforcement and how they will play out. Government also has to assist to reduce all related charges in housing development.

Lagos for instance, is approaching housing development from a better angle in the sense that the building plan approval fee for houses within a particular range, that is, houses that are less than N8million is reduced.

So, we want other state governments to begin to look in this direction so that fees that are being paid in the course of construction are being reduced. The last area I would want government to look into is in the area of availability of land. I know that some state governments are providing it under the private public partnership (PPP) programme.

However, we know that the PPP terms are still not favourable to affordability in the sector. For instance, under the PPP approach, the Federal Government approach is that they will take 30 per cent of the profit.

So, they should make terms that are friendly and people oriented because output is a function of input. If the cost of putting all these houses together is on the high side, it is obvious that the selling price will be high.

Commission calls for 3.1 million new social homes to be built in England

Some 3.1 million new social homes are needed to solve England’s housing crisis as part of a 20 year home building programme to create affordable homes, a new report says.

It has been put together by 16 independent commissioners asked by homeless charity Shelter to look at what came be done to increase the number of affordable homes in the country.

They spent a year listening to the views of hundreds of social tenants, 31,000 members of the public and a range of housing experts and found that 1.27 million homes for those in greatest housing need are required.

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It also says that 1.17 million homes for so-called trapped renters, that is younger families who cannot afford to buy and face a lifetime in expensive and insecure private renting, are needed and 690,000 homes for older private renters, people over 55 struggling with high housing costs and insecurity beyond retirement.

The commissioners argue politicians cannot remain idle at a time when half of young people have no chance of ever buying a home, private renters on lower incomes spend an average of 67% of their earnings on rent, and almost 280,000 people in England are homeless.

‘Social mobility has been decimated by decades of political failure to address our worsening housing crisis. Half of young people cannot buy, and thousands face the horror of homelessness,’ said Commissioner Baroness Sayeeda Warsi.

‘Our vision for social housing presents a vital political opportunity to reverse this decay. It offers the chance of a stable home to millions of people, providing much needed security and a step up for young families trying to get on in life and save for their future. We simply cannot afford not to act,’ she added.

On this basis the true net additional cost to the Government, if the benefits were fully realised, would be just £3.8 billion on average per year over the 20 year period and after 39 years the investment will have fully paid for itself.

The Capital Economics research also shows that existing products such as Help to Buy are a less effective use of tax-payers money. The commission goes on to conclude that building social homes is the only way for the Government to reach its 300,000 homes a year target.

‘There needs to be a profound shift to see social housing as a national asset like any other infrastructure. A home is the foundation of individual success in life, and public housebuilding can be the foundation of national success. It is the only hope the government has of hitting its 300,000 homes a year target,’ said Commissioner Lord Jim O’Neill.

‘The Government’s budget for capital expenditure is £62 billion a year, our house building programme would cost only a fraction and is well within its financial reach. With current spending on housing benefit shockingly inefficient, it’s not hard to see what an investment in bricks and mortar could do to help solve the housing crisis and boost our economy,’ he explained.

It also calls for a new Ofsted-style consumer regulator?to protect residents and to enforce common standards?across social and private renting, a?new national tenants’ voice organisation to represent the views of tenants in social housing to national and local Government and a new national standard to ensure enough investment in maintaining social homes and their surrounding neighbourhoods.

According to Jackie Bennett, director of mortgages at UK Finance, the recommendations in the report could provide a major boost to development activity by housing associations and local councils.

‘Lenders are committed to playing their part, providing substantial levels of commercial lending and investment to support the creation of new housing association homes across the UK,’ she said.

‘Our members stand ready to work with the government, the regulator of social housing, and housing associations to meet these new challenges and continue their support for long term investment in affordable homes,’ she added.

However, Richard Beresford, chief executive of the National Federation of Builders said the report does not acknowledge the role of local plans in stimulating social housing, as local authorities can work hand in glove with providers to assure them of development opportunities during the site allocation phase.

‘Industry, popular opinion and economists continue to tell the Government that they must build more social homes. It’s time they listened and became the first Government in 20 years to meet very clear expectations,’ he added.

Rico Wojtulewicz, head of housing and planning policy at the House Builders Association welcomed the report. ‘A major social house building programme is a no brainer. You help house those in need, stimulate local employment and business, help fix part of the broken housing market and build for the future,’ he said.

Hong Kong aims to build 12,600 affordable homes by 2026

A new development area at the site of Hong Kong’s former airport is expected to provide about 12,600 public housing flats by 2026, a new official document revealed as the government continued its bid to combat astronomical property prices.

Building public housing on plots originally planned for land sales is one of Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s measures to boost affordability in the world’s most expensive property market. Three of the seven sites were announced in Lam’s policy address in October, while the other four were announced in 2017.

In the district council paper, jointly submitted by the Housing Authority, the city’s largest public housing provider, and the Housing Society, the second largest, the seven sites could provide 12,570 affordable homes in total, capable of housing about 35,100 people.

Two of the sites will be for the society and the rest for the authority.Construction work is expected to begin between 2020 and 2022, and to be completed between 2024 and 2026.

“In response to society’s keen demand for public sector housing, the government has been identifying land suitable for developing [such] housing in different districts,” the housing bodies said in the paper.

The seven sites are close to two future MTR stations – Sung Wong Toi and Kai Tak – along the Sha Tin-Central Link. The rail link is expected to partially open by the end of this year, but the plan has been jeopardised by a series of scandals over shoddy construction work

Another of the government’s moves to address the housing crisis is to collaborate with non-governmental groups to provide transitional housing for those living in substandard homes while waiting for public rental housing.

This policy also saw progress,with the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, an NGO, submitting a plan to the Sham Shui Po District Council about building its second transitional housing project.

The council plans to apply to lease a 36,000 sq ft site under the Lands Department for five years to build and operate 210 transitional flats. The site is at the junction of Yen Chow Street West and Tung Chau Street.

As with the council’s first transitional housing project, also in Sham Shui Po, it will be built with prefabricated units.Under the plan, the average living space per person will be no less than 75 sq ft, and every flat will have its own toilet and space for cooking.

The council expects tenants to move in from the second year of the five-year lease term.Tenants at the first project, on Nam Cheong Street, are expected to start moving in by the end of this year.

At a media gathering,Director of Lands Thomas Chan Chung-ching said the site targeted by the council had been used to temporarily store construction site materials and could be released in September.

He said the Lands Department had also identified other sites in urban areas with the potential for developing transitional housing. But he refused to disclose how many sites it had identified or where those sites were.

Practitioners in the construction industry Draw Roadmap To Improved Housing

With the year 2018 ending on a rather not encouraging note for practitioners in the building construction industry, and considering that 2019 is an election year, key stakeholders in the industry are of the view that not much is expected to happen in the industry prior to May 29.

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According to them, there is uncertainty in the political arena with funds being diverted towards the success of the election. For them, it is not a favourable time to invest in the housing construction sector as the fear of policy summersault in the event of a change in government may prevent investors, especially from outside the country, from investing their funds.

Notwithstanding the seeming apathy in the sector, the views of some notable professionals in the industry, who have preferred roadmap to improve housing delivery in the course of the year was sought.

One point that, however, runs through their thoughts is the realization that there is a shortfall and that something ought to be done, if urgently, to ameliorate the situation.

Affordable housing leaders call for end to government shutdown

The partial government shutdown is now in its third week, and affordable housing leaders are demanding that it come to an end.On December 21, 2018, Congress did not pass a spending bill that included the president’s requested $5 billion in funding for a border wall, and President Donald Trump refused to sign any bill that did not include that funding, resulting in a partial government shutdown.

And now no one is really sure how long it could last. In fact, during a negotiation meeting with top Democrats, Trump said the shutdown could go on for “months or even years.”

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The letter called on Congress to pass full-year spending bills that provide strong funding for affordable housing and community development programs.

The campaign, led by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, expressed concern over the shutdown’s immediate and long-term impact on affordable housing programs and low-income people. The letter explained that individuals working without pay, including janitors, security guards and cafeteria servers, are at risk of being unable to cover their rent payments.

“The longer the shutdown continues, the more the lowest income people will be hard hit,” NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel said. “Residents living in HUD-subsidized properties are some of our country’s most vulnerable people – the clear majority are deeply poor seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children.”

“They rely on government assistance to remain housed, and a prolonged government shutdown puts them at increased risk of eviction and potentially homelessness,” Yentel said. “It’s incredibly reckless to risk the homes of our country’s lowest-income and most vulnerable people as perceived leverage for a border wall.”

Their full letter, addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, stresses the impact the shutdown is having on vulnerable communities.

The National Association of Realtors also released its own assessment of the shutdown’s impact. NAR estimates the shutdown is having an impact on about 25% of home sales – 11% on current clients, 11% on potential clients and 8% on other impacts.

The main reason for this impact was 25% of affected homebuyers said they decided not to buy due to general economic uncertainty. Another 17% were affected by the delay of U.S. Department of Agriculture loans, and 13% experienced a delay due to Internal Revenue Service verification (which it just announced it will resume again.)

“The housing industry was already facing market challenges before any government closure,” NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said. “The shutdown has made matters worse.”

“A home purchase is a major expenditure that simultaneously involves a high level of excitement and anxiety, and the current government shutdown adds another layer of unnecessary complication to the home buying process,” Yun said. “The shutdown is causing tangible harm to potential buyers, the real estate market and economic growth.”

Developers secure tax credits for affordable housing projects

Two affordable housing projects slated for Northwest Indiana have received a financial boost from the state. The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority has signed off on a rental housing tax credits and a development loan for UP Development’s project in East Chicago’s North Harbor section and Miller-Valentine Group’s project in Gary’s downtown area.

The two firms’ projects, estimated at $11.3 million apiece, are being carried out under Indiana’s Moving Forward 3.0 program. Each firm will receive $930,000 in tax credits and a $500,000 loan to put toward development.

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Obtaining site control and having the property properly zoned were key aspects to the firms’ tax credit applications last year, IHCDA’s Executive Director Jacob Sipe said. The Moving Forward program is designed to increase quality of life for low- to moderate-income families by conveniently placing housing sites near transportation networks and jobs. Each site will be built with energy efficiency in mind.

Gov. Eric Holcomb selected East Chicago as one of two sites because the city is grappling with the lead contamination crisis at the USS Lead Superfund site and the tear-down of the West Calumet Housing Complex that resulted in the loss of 346 public housing units.

The East Chicago housing project is being dubbed “Alder Place,” providing newly constructed one- and two-bedroom apartments at 2301 Broadway St.

Key features will include a first floor community space and net zero energy consumption, along with a “wage and asset growth plan” that addresses inhabitants’ health and well-being, housing, education, financial stability and employment needs, records show.

In all, the structure will have 16 one-bedroom rentals and 12 two-bedroom rentals.

Records show the development will also include multi-modal transportation options through a partnership with Active Transit Alliance, a Chicago area group dedicated to creating bike and pedestrian-based transportation networks that fuel healthy living.

East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland called the housing project “all part of a comprehensive plan to help make East Chicago a destination,” with a bustling mix of storefronts, homes and green space, steps away from a newly renovated Jeorse Park on Lake Michigan.

“The downtown district has gained much traction when it comes to successful redevelopment projects throughout the years and this project will only help us move East Chicago further and forward. We are grateful for this Moving Forward 3.0 Program and are happy that the state, UP Development and the city have partnered up to bring this project to fruition and help achieve this goal,” Copeland said.

They have argued the state’s housing authority made promises the area would be selected for development.

IHCDA Executive Director Jacob Sipe said Holcomb’s executive order merely ordered IHCDA to “continue efforts to identify and encourage the financing of new development for affordable rental housing in the Each Chicago area.”

While the impacted neighborhoods were in the Superfund site, ICHDA “could not and never did commit” that the development would be located there, Sipe told The Times.

“We have tried to clarify this misinformation multiple times with the community groups,” he added, noting IHCDA continues to be supportive of revitalization efforts in the West Calumet neighborhood.

City redevelopment officials have said Miller-Valentine’s housing project at Seventh and Broadway in Gary will be a significant game-changer in the city’s transformation of downtown.

In all, the complex will host 27 loft-style one-bedroom and 11 two-bedroom units at 701 Broadway in Gary, featuring high-efficiency heating and cooling, rooftop solar panels and a greenhouse for growing fresh foods.

Northwest Indiana Community Action Corp. will provide workforce and health care assistance, and a WIC clinic will be on-site, records state.

The Moving Forward program was launched in 2015 by the IHCDA and Energy Systems Network, a nonprofit initiative focused on advancing development in the energy technology sector.

Source: nwitimes.com

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