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Booker Proposes Rental Tax Credit

www.nytimes.com/2019/06/05/us/politics/booker-renters-credit.html

How will he pay for it. Also his program does not have income restrictions. Credit should only be for low and moderate income households

Progressives Get in the Way of Affordable Housing

www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/opinion/california-housing-nimby.html

A good article from NYT. It is my contention that all the special rules including historic preservation also get in the way of affordable housing.

Chicago combines libraries with affordable housing

www.nytimes.com/2019/05/15/arts/design/chicago-public-housing.html

seems like a great idea

A conservative critiquebofblow income housing tax credit program

www.stltoday.com/opinion/columnists/tsapelas-restarting-missouri-s-low-income-housing-tax-credit-program/article_769ad697-80e1-5abe-8039-c70bdea78f64.html

This article is accurate from an economic perspective. Unfortunately,there are no other resources to address the needs of low income people requiring housing. Written by Paul Dribin

Thoughtful Post Editorial about Low Income Housing Tax Credits

www.stltoday.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-revival-of-missouri-s-low-income-housing-tax-credits/article_2c8c99b1-42c4-5fc0-a9be-df1afeb3a971.html

Post Editorial about Potential Demolition of Public Housing Units in Wollstonecraft

www.stltoday.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-housing-authority-choice-pits-social-justice-against-demolition-expediency/article_d9e8d89e-f5a0-5899-85c5-d6ddcc8aa258.html

I don’t see any sense in rebuilding these horrible units. There needs to be sufficient funding to build new

Missouri Will be Restarting Low Income Housing Program

www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/missouri-moving-closer-to-restarting-low-income-housing-tax-credit/article_1c965460-296a-581a-91c3-4e28c28ae211.html

this is good news and an example of compromise. The housing units are very much needed. This program will lift very few people out of poverty but developers will get rich. Written by Paul Dribin

Criminal Background Checks for Housing

I am noting a disturbing trend among liberal well meaning people regarding criminal background checks in housing. Landlords including the federal government have for years screened for previous criminal activity on the part of a potential tenant. These screenings have been mandated by HUD and have been held up in court as a reliable indicator of potential problems.

Now various government entities are passing laws making such checks illegal. This is misguided and will result in more damage to properties, more evictions, and higher rents for good tenants. I agree that criminal activity of a non violent nature committed years before should be excepted. I also believe that an ex offender who is participating in programs offered by organizations such as the Criminal Justice Ministry should also be approved. Written by Paul Dribin

Good Article About Criminal Justice Ministry

www.stltoday.com/news/local/columns/tony-messenger/messenger-merger-of-two-st-louis-prison-ministries-draws-attention/article_46b58ae6-30b8-58f0-81a6-a4304790939d.html

Plans move ahead to terminate Wellston Housing Authority and Demolish Propertulues

www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/housing-the-poor-in-poor-housing-for-so-long-leaves/article_e65a764f-cae7-5285-b218-dacf75a30c25.html

This is a very tough issue. The Wellston Housing Authority was corrupt and ran these properties into the ground. The tenants are very poor and have little housing choice. Hud has not provided adequate resources. Written by Paul Dribin

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