fair housing http://michiganradio.org en Is rent affordable for Michigan's minimum wage workers? Group says 'no' http://michiganradio.org/post/rent-affordable-michigans-minimum-wage-workers-group-says-no <p>The National Low Income Housing Coalition asked the question, <a href="http://nlihc.org/oor/2013"><em>"where in America can a low-wage worker afford a two bedroom apartment?"</em></a></p><p>Their answer:</p><p><em>"Nowhere"</em></p><p>That's "nowhere" assuming the renter is spending no more than 30 percent of their income on housing costs.</p><p>Ask any financial advisor and they'll tell you that's the general rule of thumb. It's called the '<a href="http://www.census.gov/housing/census/publications/who-can-afford.pdf">housing cost burden</a>.'</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:23:08 +0000 Mark Brush 11762 at http://michiganradio.org Is rent affordable for Michigan's minimum wage workers? Group says 'no' ACLU sues Morgan Stanley on behalf of 5 Detroit homeowners http://michiganradio.org/post/aclu-sues-morgan-stanley-behalf-5-detroit-homeowners <p>The American Civil Liberties Union, the National Consumer Law Center and others <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/15/us-morganstanley-aclu-lawsuit-idUSBRE89E0Q520121015">have sued investment bank giant Morgan Stanley on behalf of five black Detroit homeowners</a>.</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 23:06:38 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 9488 at http://michiganradio.org ACLU sues Morgan Stanley on behalf of 5 Detroit homeowners Gender identity, sexual orientation laws fail to move forward at Holland City Council http://michiganradio.org/post/gender-identity-sexual-orientation-laws-fail-move-forward-holland-city-council <p>Sometime between midnight and 1 a.m. today, at least 50 people file out of Holland City Hall. I hear some say, &ldquo;They don&rsquo;t get it, but you tried.&rdquo;</p><p>A few people wearing &quot;Holland is Ready&quot; buttons hug one another -- some are tearing up -- after city council voted 5 to 4 against the recommendation to adopt the proposed anti-discrimination laws. The recommendation included providing homosexual and transgender persons protection from employers and landlords who discriminate against them. Thu, 16 Jun 2011 08:02:46 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2906 at http://michiganradio.org Gender identity, sexual orientation laws fail to move forward at Holland City Council