Stories tagged: housing
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020
One year after Microsoft announced it was committing $500 million toward affordable housing in the Seattle area, it’s upping that by half.
Mon., Jan. 13, 2020
As the number of homeless individuals and families grows around the state, legislative leaders are looking to reduce those numbers with long-term solutions but don’t yet agree about immediate approaches.
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020
Spending on U.S. construction projects rose a solid 0.6% in November as gains in home building and government projects offset weakness in nonresidential construction.
Tue., Dec. 10, 2019
The Spokane City Council unanimously adopted legislation on Monday that will redirect a portion of the state’s sales tax revenue into local affordable housing projects.
UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 9, 2019
The Spokane City Council shelved a set of proposed tenant protection laws until March last week, but tenants are pledging to continue the fight for new regulations.
UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 2, 2019
Amid outcry from landlords, the council balked Monday on new laws that would force landlords to pay for tenant relocation when they substantially increase the rent and cite a specific …
UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 2, 2019
Would a new slate of tenant protections help, or hurt, the city’s efforts to address this side effect of a successful housing market? The Spokane City Council will try to …
Tue., Nov. 26, 2019
U.S. home prices increased modestly in September from a year ago, as roughly seven years of rising home values have hurt affordability.
Sat., Nov. 23, 2019
Now that the election is over, a Tenants Bill of Rights ordinance is moving forward. Rapidly. What is on the table works against keeping housing affordable or increasing the supply.
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019
Americans took advantage of lower mortgage rates and purchased more homes in October, though sales were held back by a shortage of available properties.
UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 4, 2019
Apple has committed $2.5 billion to ease California’s housing crisis, eclipsing similar pledges by fellow Silicon Valley giants Google and Facebook to address a lack of affordable housing in a …
Wed., Oct. 2, 2019
New-construction permit values in Spokane County totaled more than $1 billion over the past year, marking the first time that dollar amount was exceeded since 2008.
Thu., Sept. 19, 2019
Housing was so short in Spokane that people were lined up days ahead of time for a chance to buy one of 165 lots offered for sale in the Audubon …
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019
100 years ago in Spokane: With soldiers back from World War I, city experiences shortage of housing – and jazz musicians
Spokane was experiencing an upsurge in demand for professional musicians, especially those who could play jazz.
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019
The Spokane County real estate market was bustling with activity in August, but not enough to drive up home sales, as persistently high demand and low inventory continued to be …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019
‘The lack of affordable housing is actually costing us’: Cantwell promotes affordable housing bill in Spokane
U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell came to Spokane on Tuesday to champion federal legislation that, if passed, aims to spur the development of 9,700 new units of affordable housing in Washington …
Wed., Aug. 14, 2019
Everyone agrees we need affordable housing and services for the poor. Everyone has, they assure everyone else, a heart for the suffering among us. And everyone concludes, over and over …
UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019
The Spokane City Council voted 5-1 to expand the multifamily tax exemption zone, which council president Ben Stuckart calls the city’s best tool to promote development.
Mon., Aug. 12, 2019
The Trump administration announced Monday that it is moving ahead with one of its most aggressive steps to restrict legal immigration, denying green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, …
Mon., Aug. 12, 2019
The project would replace a small drive-through bank building at the corner of Riverside Avenue and Browne Street with a six-story building. The cash that would come from the city …
UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019
U.S. new home sales rose at a modest pace in June but remained below sales levels earlier this year, suggesting low mortgage rates and a healthy job market aren’t encouraging …
Tue., July 23, 2019
U.S. home sales tumbled 1.7% in June, with rising prices and a scarce supply locking out many Americans from ownership.
UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019
Realtor.com named Spokane the third-hottest housing market in the nation in April.
Fri., July 19, 2019
A proposal to build 415 homes on undeveloped, forested land in southwest Spokane is making its way through City Hall – and raising concerns about increased traffic – as the …
UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019
High demand and low inventory in Spokane County continued to push median home prices up in June.
Fri., July 5, 2019
Nine Mile Falls community concerned about proposed 475-home development of former Sun Dance Golf Course
“The neighbors are upset, whether they’re golfers or not,” said one neighbor of the old golf course. “To have that green space on your back fence is special.”
UPDATED: Mon., June 24, 2019
Twenty-somethings Alexes Wilson and Donaven Farris see potential in the vacant Spokane Valley mobile home they see as a pathway out of homelessness. Just a few months ago the city …
UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019
Spokane Valley City Council denied a proposal to change city code by St. John Vianney Church that would have allowed Catholic Charities to build affordable senior housing.
Tue., June 18, 2019
Google is making a $1 billion commitment to address the soaring price of housing in the San Francisco Bay Area, a problem that the internet company and its Silicon Valley …
Sat., May 18, 2019
A handful of renters at a 10th Avenue apartment building are experiencing the same housing headache that plagued a property overlooking Latah Creek last summer: Their rents are on the …