Gulch-based nonprofit manages new housing program for Metro authors Staff Reports Local nonprofit The Housing Fund has tapped a Vanderbilt University official to lead its community land trust, an initiative launched last year in partnership with Metro to build affordable homes. Dominique Anderson, most recently head of equity, diversity inclusion and and social innovation at Vanderbilt and the Wond’ry, will be The Housing Fund’s director of strategic partnerships and engagement, the organization announced Friday. Anderson begins in the role Monday.She holds degrees in Spanish and Spanish education from the University of Tennessee-Martin and Christian Brothers University, and is fluent in the language. In the announcement, Housing Fund President and CEO Marshall Crawford said her bilingualism “enhances her ability to build sustainable relationships and engage diverse populations.”Then-Mayor Megan Barry announced late last year that Metro had partnered with The … [Read more...] about Housing Fund adds land trust manager
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Monica Gallegos didn’t plan to miss work for two months, but then she received the diagnosis: The pounding headache she thought was a migraine had been caused by a brain aneurysm behind her eye, and she needed surgery. That was early June. When Gallegos returned home a month later to the Westwood apartment she shares with two teenage sons, the rent was already overdue. No paycheck was in sight, and she would have to wait a few weeks for clearance to return to her job as a dental assistant. “Everything hit me at once,” said Gallegos, 43. “I’m single, and I didn’t have any help. … I honestly thought I was going to be homeless.” She made it through the crisis with help from a new city program that has provided short-term assistance to hundreds of Denver residents who were temporarily at risk of losing their homes over rent or utility bills. The program has been among the most visible efforts of Denver’s 10-year, $150 million … [Read more...] about Denver’s affordable housing fund covered a woman’s rent after a medical emergency. Here’s what else $24 million is accomplishing.
The Colorado state Senate has approved a $28.9 billion state budget package over the objections of fiscal conservatives and some Democrats. The two-day budget debate transpired much like last week’s vote in the House of Representatives, with lawmakers approving millions of dollars in new spending on a myriad of pet projects, boosting funding to rural broadband, affordable housing and school security. The 26-8 vote on Thursday sends the annual spending plan to conference committee, which will have to hammer out the differences between the House and Senate versions before it can become law. A bipartisan majority also restored $750,000 in funding for film industry incentives, a governor’s office economic development program that fiscal conservatives and some Democrats for years have tried to abolish. … [Read more...] about Senate passes Colorado’s $28.9 billion budget that would boost rural broadband, affordable housing funding
Elections By JASMINE C. LEE MARCH 26, 2018 Democrats hope to ride a wave of liberal enthusiasm and anti-Trump sentiment to a House majority in the midterm elections in November. All 435 House seats are up for grabs, but only about 48 seats are considered competitive (rated tossup or leaning toward one party), based on an average of estimates from three organizations. Ratings for Each House Race Democratic Republican Solid Likely Lean Tossup Lean Likely Solid 182 7 10 22 16 26 172 *Each of Pennsylvania’s districts, which were redrawn last month, is represented by the new district for that area and the new district’s race rating.Note: There are currently five vacancies in the House whose seats are placed based on their past occupants: Arizona’s Eighth, Ohio’s 12th and Pennsylvania’s 14th (the old 18th district) are shown as Republican seats, while Michigan’s 13th and New York’s 25th are shown as Democratic seats. … [Read more...] about To Reclaim the House, Democrats Need to Flip 24 G.O.P. Seats. 25 Are in Clinton Territory.
By Christina Bellantoni, Julie Westfall and Allison Wisk Design by Joe Fox and Priya Krishnakumar Originally published Sept. 13, 2017 Updated March 26, 2018 Next update: April 2018 California's June 5 primary will set the course for which congressional districts will be battlegrounds — or missed opportunities — this fall. With just over two months to go, we've updated our rankings of the most competitive contests in the state. The stakes in the midterm elections couldn't be higher: control of the U.S. House. Democrats consider 10 Republican-held districts here to be battlegrounds and can't win the House without winning at least a few of them. Retirements in Southern California have created two open-seat races that could make that task a bit easier. On the other hand, the Republicans running to replace them might fare better against crowded fields of Democratic hopefuls, many of whom are seeking office for the first time. California’s top-two primary … [Read more...] about As a crucial primary nears, track the California races that could flip the House