Facebook Founder’s Philanthropy Reaches Left on Housing Rights

The affordability issue in Silicon Valley touches renters at all socioeconomic levels. Homeowners argue against density and traffic. Investors demand fewer controls on property rights. Tenants want relief from high rents and long commutes—and inclusion advocates want to preserve socioeconomic diversity.

Testing for Lead Hazards in Federally Funded Programs

January 30, 2017; Washington Post

The Washington Post’s story, “Washington’s worst case of lead poisoning in decades happened in a home sanctioned by housing officials,” tells the heartbreaking story of Heavenz Luster, a two year old with a blood lead level that’s 24 times the “action level” set by HUD for childhood lead poisoning. It’s a tragic personal story that raises profound policy questions. Heavenz’s parents were provided the housing that caused her poisoning as a part of two HUD funded programs: rapid rehousing and housing choice vouchers. According to the article, the Luster household was moved into the apartment by the City of Washington’s Targeted Affordable Housing, which is designed to provide stable housing for homeless families. The property met the Washington Housing Office’s standards because only visual inspection for chipping or peeling paint was required.