Six months after Hurricane Maria, evacuees from Puerto Rico are still looking for affordable places to live. And they’re looking to the government for help, particularly through available public housing, but they’re not getting it.

A real estate venture formerly run by Jared Kushner falsified construction permits for dozens of apartment buildings it owned in New York City, allowing the company to push out rent-controlled tenants and boost profits when it later sold the properties, according to a report by The Associated Press.

On the afternoon of April 13, 2014, Dontre Hamilton was lying on the ground near a bench in a Milwaukee city park. A police officer on patrol walked over to Hamilton and asked him to stand up. Their encounter would end in disaster.

The White House's Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal, released Monday, calls for work requirements for those who receive public housing subsidies and slashes funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development by $8.8 billion.

Amarilys De Leon, at right, and her daughter, Mayrangelique Rojas De Leon, in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
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Among the thousands of people who left Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit last year, many have come to New England. And for a variety of reasons, they won’t return to the island.   

The present supermajority requirement to pass local zoning changes has been a "legal barrier" to municipalities that want to create housing in "sustainable locations," Massachusetts Secretary Jay Ash said Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018.
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Flanked by two top economic development officials, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker told lawmakers Tuesday that the gap between housing demand and supply "poses the most serious long-term hurdle to continued economic growth" in the state. And then he pitched a plan that municipalities said they can get on board with.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says that two dozen Puerto Rican families who relocated Hartford will no longer be eligible for housing assistance on Monday because inspections showed little or no damage to their homes in Puerto Rico.

Only days after the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it would pay for dozens of hurricane evacuees to stay in a Harford hotel until mid-February, state officials were told by FEMA on Thursday there had been an error, and that several of the families had to vacate their temporary housing. 

Septic system installation underway for a home on steep slopes.
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About half of New England’s households are on septic systems. That’s the highest proportion in the country. 

These found skis are decades old, of varying brands and sizes. Some are in better shape than others.
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Rory Gawler bought a big, old farmhouse in Lebanon, New Hampshire about seven or eight years ago. It has beautiful views of the Mascoma River Valley and a little orchard in the backyard.