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HUD Secretary Ben Carson holding Oreo cookies

HUD Secretary Ben Carson sent a pack of Oreos to a lawmaker after he flubbed a question about REOs during a congressional hearing

Carson, was appointed by President Donald Trump to be the head of HUD, an agency created in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Allwood's "Solvalla" studio cabin model.

Amazon is selling a $7,250 tiny-home kit that can be put together in just 8 hours

Allwood's tiny-home kit can be assembled in less than a day.
Two men console each other after throwing out their tent before leaving the tent city in Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver October 15, 2014.

Before-and-after photos show how a major city’s homelessness crisis can spiral out of control

As cities across North America grapple with homelessness, a new project visualizes how a growing number of homeless people in Vancouver have set up tent communities over the past three years.

Amazon’s explosive growth has contributed to a glut of luxury apartments in Seattle, and now landlords are offering renters free Echos and gift ...

In Amazon's Seattle neighborhood, the company's growth has contributed to a doubling of the apartment stock, The Seattle Times reports. To entice renters, many landlords are offering freebies like Amazon Echos, gift cards, and one month of rent.

San Francisco is so expensive that households making over $100,000 a year qualify for low-income housing

Four-person households that make $117,400 a year qualify for low-income housing in San Francisco and a few neighboring counties, according to a new report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. That's just below the area's median family income of $118,400.
Tacolicious, a popular Mexican restaurant in San Francisco, employees front-of-house workers. But some of the city's restaurants either can't find or afford them.

The San Francisco housing market is so absurd that restaurants are putting diners to work because they can’t afford to pay waiters

Housing in San Francisco is so costly, restaurant workers are leaving the city for more affordable regions, according to The New York Times. Some of the city's restaurants can't find — or can't afford — workers. They're finding solutions for operating without a staff.
San Francisco, California.

The income needed to afford a median-priced home in every San Francisco Bay Area county

The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most expensive places to live in the US. We made maps that show the every county's median home prices and what residents need to earn to live in them.

San Francisco’s housing crisis is so dire that nearly 7,000 people applied for 95 affordable apartments

In San Francisco, nearly 70 people applied for each unit at Natalie Gubb Commons, a new affordable housing complex where residents pay anywhere from $987 to $1,711 per month. Other cities across the US are also facing affordable housing shortages.
Clyde Burgit and his wife Helen, who have been at the camp for two weeks, sit on a mattress near their tent by the Watergate and Whitehurst Freeway in Washington D.C., November 16, 2015.

A map of America’s homeless problem reveals the best and worst states for affordable housing

An analysis of HUD data suggests that states with higher housing prices have higher rates of homeless people.
"Berkeley is the center of the resistance, and for the resistance to work, it must have a coin."

A major California city could become the first to create its own bitcoin-inspired currency

Elected officials in Berkeley, California, are exploring launching an initial coin offering to raise funding for affordable housing.