By Allison Charette, Research Analyst
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- A new report by the Center for American Progress shows the impacts of the shrinking affordable housing supply, which has grown from a 300,000 unit shortage in the 1970s to a 5.3 million unit shortage in 2011. As the cost of housing increases and middle class households move into cheaper rental housing, lower-wage households are crowded out. It is estimated today that half of all homeless people work in some capacity but cannot afford housing. (The Atlantic Cities, December 5)
- Similar to proposed limitations on outdoor soup kitchens, the city of Los Angeles is restricting UCLA’s Mobile Clinic Project from providing healthcare services to homeless people. In response to complaints from neighbors, volunteers can no longer set up tables, chairs or tents and are instead forced to treat individuals on the ground. These complaints and regulations follow a 27 percent spike in the number of homeless individuals living in Los Angeles in the last year. (The Grio, December 3)
- The US unemployment rate fell to a five-year low of seven percent while 203,000 jobs were added in November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (The New York Times, December 6)
- On Thursday, fast-food workers in cities across the country protested their low-wages. Building off of Walmart rallies on Black Friday, these workers are demanding an increase in the minimum wage from $7.25/hour to $15/hour. According to a study by the University of Illinois and the University of California, Berkeley, 68 percent of fast-food workers are the primary wage earners for their families. (Reuters, December 5)
- The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has allocated $63 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) recovery funds to Colorado in response to September’s devastating floods. Colorado is now finalizing its plans for how these funds will be used most effectively. (HUD, December 5)