Our Affordable Housing Crisis
In the Neighborhood
6/16/16, SARASOTA, FL --
"Today, 4 in 10 households in Sarasota County spend more than one-third of their total income on rent or a mortgage, county long-range planning manager Allen Parsons told members of the Tiger Bay Club. Half of those families spend more than half of their income to put a roof over their heads, he said. 'That's only going to get worse,' Parsons said, 'Unless we do something now.' But that "something" -- any kind of broad-based approach to promote workforce housing -- has eluded county, municipal, business, development, nonprofit and elected leaders alike." (Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Zach Murdock)
4/19/16, BALTIMORE, MD --
Baltimore City Board of Estimates exempts Sagamore Development from city requirements to include affordable housing in its proposed $5.5 billion redevelopment plan of Port Covington. Sagamore Development is the real estate firm of Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank. (Source: Baltimore Sun, Natalie Sherman)
3/13/14, BALTIMORE, MD --
Watch this video from The Real News Network for an excellent 18-minute discussion about the range of issues faced by cities like Baltimore in dealing with low-income tenants, public housing, a shortage of private-sector affordable housing, and the growing homeless population as a result of Congress' persistent failure to adequately fund public housing. Featured in the video are Baltimore City Councilman Bill Henry (4th District) and University of Maryland School of Social Work professor Jeff Singer.
From Our Blog
Plant Today For a Better Tomorrow
Warren Buffett may be Open Door America's favorite rich man. He just seems to get it.
Recently, we ran across a January 2017 replay of a Warren Buffet interview on the Charlie Rose show. We like what he said about life and time:
"I can buy anything I want, but I can't buy time. There is no way I will ever be able to buy more time."