Landlords wanted: As Afghan refugees arrive in Conn., housing is an issue

Thomas Kania is the grandson of Polish immigrants, people who he says came to the United States for opportunity. Now Kania, a real estate investor, says it’s their experience that has motivated him to help others looking for a bit of opportunity of their own — newly arrived Afghan refugees. “It’s basically the American spirit,”…

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Eviction Orders Spiked In Connecticut When Federal Moratorium Lapsed

Connecticut got a preview of just how many renters faced eviction when the federal moratorium was lifted for two days. Before the federal order was reinstated Wednesday, judges in Connecticut signed a surge of orders that allow state marshals to remove tenants and their belongings from their homes. Yoni Zamir is a legal aid attorney…

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Maine’s Housing Crunch Squeezes Refugee And Asylum-Seeking Communities

It’s no secret that affordable housing can be hard to come by in Maine. Home prices are up nearly 30% compared to this time last year, according to the Maine Association of Realtors. Meanwhile, skyrocketing demand for rental units has overwhelmed an already limited housing stock. The severe lack of affordable housing poses a particular…

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Housing Options For Middle-Income Vermonters Worsen During Pandemic

Vermont’s housing market, which was tight before the pandemic, has gotten even worse. The number of homes available in Vermont dropped by almost 70% over the past year, according to the Vermont Association of Realtors. The trend has jump-started conversations about supporting more middle-income housing across Vermont. State officials have spent a lot of time…

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