fair housing

Economy
3:23 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Is rent affordable for Michigan's minimum wage workers? Group says 'no'

The darker the yellow, the less affordable rent is. Michigan was ranked 30 out of 52 (incl. Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico).
National Low Income Housing Coalition

The National Low Income Housing Coalition asked the question, "where in America can a low-wage worker afford a two bedroom apartment?"

Their answer:

"Nowhere"

That's "nowhere" assuming the renter is spending no more than 30 percent of their income on housing costs.

Ask any financial advisor and they'll tell you that's the general rule of thumb. It's called the 'housing cost burden.'

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Politics & Government
7:06 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

ACLU sues Morgan Stanley on behalf of 5 Detroit homeowners

An abandoned home in Detroit.
Sarah Cwiek Michigan Radio

The American Civil Liberties Union, the National Consumer Law Center and others have sued investment bank giant Morgan Stanley on behalf of five black Detroit homeowners.

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Culture
4:02 am
Thu June 16, 2011

Gender identity, sexual orientation laws fail to move forward at Holland City Council

Rev. Bill Freeman reads from his copy of the U.S. Constitution during a packed out public hearing on the proposed changes. Freeman first requested city council to study the issue a little over a year ago.
Lindsey Smith Michigan Radio

Sometime between midnight and 1 a.m. today, at least 50 people file out of Holland City Hall. I hear some say, “They don’t get it, but you tried.”

A few people wearing "Holland is Ready" 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.

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