housing http://wkar.org en Neighbors in Action: Hometown Housing Partnership http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-hometown-housing-partnership <p></p><p></p><p>It’s Wednesday and time for our <i>Neighbors in Action</i> segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the <a href="http://www.hometownhousing.org/" target="_blank">Hometown Housing Partnership</a>, an East Lansing based organization that promotes homeownership and offers financial assistance to homebuyers. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:50:25 +0000 Emanuele Berry & Mark Bashore 55030 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: Hometown Housing Partnership Michigan looks to attract foreign investment through immigrants http://wkar.org/post/michigan-looks-attract-foreign-investment-through-immigrants <p></p><p></p><p>Earlier this year in his State of the State address, Governor Rick Snyder emphasized&nbsp; his administration’s desire to increase immigration to Michigan. Recently, state officials got news that could move the state closer to that goal. Last month, federal customs officials approved the state’s application to launch an initiative that could attract more foreign investment and workers to the state. Thu, 01 May 2014 17:43:54 +0000 Mark Bashore 53047 at http://wkar.org Michigan looks to attract foreign investment through immigrants Housing discrimination pervasive but subtle http://wkar.org/post/housing-discrimination-pervasive-subtle <p>Housing discrimination is often difficult to even notice, much less prove. Landlords who don’t want to rent to someone based on their race, age, religion, disability or sexual orientation many times have what seem like legitimate excuses that are often delivered with a “smile and a handshake.” Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:00:31 +0000 Current State 49318 at http://wkar.org Housing discrimination pervasive but subtle Red Cedar project to feature market rate and student housing http://wkar.org/post/red-cedar-project-feature-market-rate-and-student-housing <p></p><p>After months of silence, one of the Lansing area’s biggest development projects is back in the news. Officials say they are hoping for groundbreaking by late Spring for the $125-million ‘Red Cedar Renaissance,' formerly the ‘Capital Gateway.' Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:28:07 +0000 Current State 46748 at http://wkar.org Red Cedar project to feature market rate and student housing Home Buyers Club puts Lansing area residents on path to home ownership http://wkar.org/post/home-buyers-club-puts-lansing-area-residents-path-home-ownership <p></p><p></p><p>Buying a home is fraught with difficult decisions, and navigating the process can be daunting. For potential homebuyers in the Lansing area, there’s at least one place to get some help: The Home Buyers Club. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 16:23:28 +0000 Current State 44771 at http://wkar.org Home Buyers Club puts Lansing area residents on path to home ownership Historic housing complex adds new 'network center' http://wkar.org/post/historic-housing-complex-adds-new-network-center <p></p><p>One of the Lansing area’s most historic and vital housing communities continues to evolve and grow, more than 40 years after it was conceived.</p><p>East Lansing’s <a href="http://www.edgewoodvillage.net/">Edgewood Village</a> is the site of 135 apartments and townhouses for low and moderate-income residents, the physically impaired and the elderly. &nbsp;It includes common areas, a computer lab---amenities and other services not often associated with low-income, publicly funded housing.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:42:51 +0000 Current State 41895 at http://wkar.org Historic housing complex adds new 'network center' Conflict escalates between city officials and Jackson Housing Commission Board http://wkar.org/post/conflict-escalates-between-city-officials-and-jackson-housing-commission-board <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Jackson, conflict is escalating between public housing residents and the local housing commission board. &nbsp;This week, the </span><a href="http://www.jacksonhousing-mi.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Jackson Housing Commission</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> board appointed its fourth interim executive director since March. &nbsp;One former interim resigned, accusing the board of creating a hostile work environment. &nbsp;Another was terminated after less than three months on the job, and still another was released from his contract this week after just eight days. The residents say instability on the board makes them fearful for their homes. &nbsp;The issue has even caught the attention of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which threatened to pull the commission’s funding.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 21:39:40 +0000 Current State 37973 at http://wkar.org Ingham County Land Bank helps build neighborhoods http://wkar.org/post/ingham-county-land-bank-helps-build-neighborhoods <p><a href="http://www.inghamlandbank.org/">The Ingham County Land Bank,</a> is currently going through a bit of a renovation. Chairman and County Treasurer Eric Schertzing along with the organization's new Executive Director Jeff Burdick discuss the current changes to the ICLB, including the organization's new pilot project involving transportation, which will be the first public bike-sharing program in Michigan.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:04:34 +0000 Current State 37780 at http://wkar.org Ingham County Land Bank helps build neighborhoods More Lansing rental properties going smoke-free http://wkar.org/post/more-lansing-rental-properties-going-smoke-free <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tomorrow is National “</span><a href="http://www.kickbuttsday.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Kick Butts Day</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,” a day of activism to call attention to the hazards of tobacco use. In mid-Michigan, the managers of a local apartment complex are marking the day by celebrating their recent status as a smoke-free property. &nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Current State </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">talks with Ingham county health officer </span><a href="https://practice.sph.umich.edu/practice/dynamic/site.php?module=courses_one_instructor&amp;id=156" style="line-height: 1.5;">Dr. Renee Canady</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about current available smoke-free housing, what's being done to ensure these properties are available, and whether it makes economic sense.</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:12:04 +0000 Current State 32918 at http://wkar.org More Lansing rental properties going smoke-free Ingham County’s fight against mortgage fraud gets boost from settlement http://wkar.org/post/ingham-county-s-fight-against-mortgage-fraud-gets-boost-settlement <p></p><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.8137532425066651" style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">There was some good news last week in Michigan involving the fight against mortgage &nbsp;fraud. &nbsp;On Thursday, officials announced the state will receive $2.5 million dollars -- that’s the settlement in a mortgage fraud lawsuit filed last year by State Attorney General Bill Schuette. &nbsp;The legal action involved about 1,000 victims of robo-signing statewide, with nearly 300 of them from Ingham County. &nbsp;</span><br /> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 21:19:01 +0000 Mark Bashore 30639 at http://wkar.org Lansing Area Housing Market Gaining Momentum http://wkar.org/post/lansing-area-housing-market-gaining-momentum <p>After several years in the doldrums, the Lansing area residential housing market is perking up. WKAR’s Mark Bashore spoke with Greater Lansing Association of Realtors President Jeff Burke to learn more.</p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Mark Bashore 13183 at http://wkar.org Lansing Area Housing Market Gaining Momentum