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Lowe’s donates over $9 million to help keep homes safe and affordable in Charlotte

Lowe’s Home Improvement store is donating $9.25 million in funding, products and gift cards to organizations in Charlotte to keep “homes safe, healthy and affordable” amid the coronavirus crisis.

Lowe’s announced Tuesday it is making the donations in a combination of funding, products and gift cards to nearly 30 local charitable groups and businesses for affordable housing, skilled trades training and technology, the company announced Tuesday.

The Mooresville-based company is extending how it thinks about the word home, company executive vice president of human resources Janice Little said.

Little told the Observer the donations are another step in the company’s efforts to help with community projects. Lowe’s also has an employee volunteer program that has been focused on affordable housing and skilled trades over the last year.

“We really need to make sure that we can support all members of our community,” she said.

Some of the Charlotte hometown projects supported through the donation, according to Lowe’s, include:

? $1.67 million to Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region to support home repair, new home construction and two new apprentices for its apprenticeship program. Even with the COVID-19 pandemic, Habitat Charlotte Region has moved 26 families into newly completed homes.

• $1.33 million grant to the city of Charlotte for its Safe Housing Home Rehabilitation Program in the Beatties Ford Road Corridor to help with home repairs. It also helps older residents age in place and low- and moderate-income families be able to stay in their homes.

• $1 million to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation to create the Lowe’s Technology Lab at the new main branch offering technology help and classes.

? $50,000 donation to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Foundation’s Connect for Tech program to help close the connectivity gap for local students during the pandemic.

• $200,000 in gift

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Up to 30,000 affordable houses to be scrapped under Tory planning reforms

Close to half of affordable homes in some of the most expensive areas of England will not be built if ministers proceed with planning reforms, analysis by councils suggests.



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The government’s proposal to scrap the duty of developers, to build affordable housing on sites for up to 40 or 50 homes, would have led to 30,000 of such homes going undelivered over the last five years, according to the Local Government Association (LGA).

Some areas likely to be most affected are the least affordable and under greatest housing pressure, the cross-party grouping said.

Elmbridge in Surrey, where the average house price is over £760,000, has 486 affordable homes either built under construction or with planning permission over the past five years. This would be reduced to 271 if the proposed 40 or 50-unit threshold is introduced, the LGA said.

Lewes district council in East Sussex could lose up to 37% of its affordable homes, based on past trends. Council leaders in Cornwall have complained the change could result in 300 fewer affordable homes in the county every year.

The warning comes as several Conservative councils voice objections to the planning reforms, which they also complain will limit local power over developments. Robert Jenrick, the housing secretary, defended the plans in an interview with the Guardian, telling rebellious shire Tories their party has a “moral mission” to build more homes.



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Planning proposals may cut affordable housing between 7% and 20%

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NeighborWorks plans new Boise affordable housing. Recent project had homes in low $200,000s

A Boise nonprofit that has created several pocket neighborhoods with affordable housing has plans for its most visible development yet.

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NeighborWorks Boise is looking to build 39 single-family homes — seven detached and 32 attached residences — at the southwest corner of the old Cole Elementary School property, located at Cole and Fairview roads. The project, known as ColeBluff Cottages, would features homes with one to three stories, two to four bedrooms, and square footage between 816 and 1,998.

Each home would have two to four bedrooms and be 816 square feet to 1,998 square feet. Plans for the complex include 16 garages and 55 parking spaces — 25 covered and 30 uncovered.

“We are really excited about this project and to the degree we can honor the site with some our our architecture and different features, remembering what was once there,” Neighborworks CEO Bud Compher told the Boise City Council on Tuesday.

The council unanimously approved a preliminary plat. It will need to go through a design review before construction can begin.

“I appreciate you guys coming forward with this development,” Council President Elaine Clegg told Compher before the vote. “It’s been a tough site, and this seems to meet not just the conditions of the development agreement, but much of what the neighborhood asked for.”

To create a sense of community, the homes would open to two central courtyards, and there would be two pergolas, raised garden beds and walking paths.

NeighborWorks owns 283 multifamily units for low-income families. It has also developed four pocket neighborhood projects in Garden City and two in Boise. A fifth Garden City project is being built now.

Pocket neighborhoods look to move residents closer to where they work and play. They also attempt to design the housing so that neighbors

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Housing advocates: New Orleans agencies failing in push for affordable homes | Coronavirus

Amid a pandemic that has deepened economic hardships for thousands of New Orleanians, city leaders have come up short in their goals to build affordable housing, according to a new report from affordable-housing advocates.

Advocacy group HousingNOLA gave the city’s progress toward creating 7,500 affordable housing opportunities in 2020 a failing grade in a report out this week, saying the various agencies working on that problem have so far created only about 1,500 affordable homes. 



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It’s the worst grade the group has assigned to public agencies charged with creating affordable housing since it began tracking government progress to relieve housing insecurity in New Orleans five years ago. Last year, the group awarded the agencies a D grade. 

“This is not simply a COVID grade,” HousingNOLA Executive Director Andreanecia Morris said. Instead, the COVID-19 crisis and related economic restrictions have exacerbated the housing problems the city has long had, she said.

To improve that outlook, Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s administration should move forward by January with incentive programs that encourage developers to build low-cost housing in high-income neighborhoods, the group said.



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The city should also earmark more funds for vulnerable populations in need of housing, such as essential workers earning minimum wage. And state lawmakers should authorize rental assistance payments for landlords, so tenants continue to be housed even if they have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 and cannot afford to pay rent, the group said.

City officials did not respond to a request for comment on the report. But

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Oxford Bathrooms Provides Affordable Bathroom Renovation Packages – Press Release

Oxford Bathrooms Provides Affordable Bathroom Renovation Packages

Bathroom Renovations Sydney | Oxford Bathrooms Sydney

As a bathroom specialist, Oxford Bathrooms provides complete bathroom packages that suit your budget and style.

Sydney, NSW – October 02, 2020 – Oxford Bathrooms is one of the leading bathroom specialists in Sydney, building beautiful, functional bathrooms with outstanding customer service standards. We care about giving you a seamless renovation experience and offer you expert advice at every stage of your building process.

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When asked about their service, the spokesperson of the company said, “Our ever-growing repertoire of contemporary, quality and innovative bathroom designs have earned us our excellent reputation and several industry awards. We offer a range of bathroom renovation packages that make your bathroom renovation an easy and affordable process. We will send one of our experienced Bathroom Designers to assess your bathroom and suggest the best ways to improve its functionality. We make the process of bathroom renovations in Sydney easy for you, from initial design down to the final touches to help you get the bathroom you’ve always wanted. We ensure you get a top quality finish every single time and provide a 10-year warranty on our workmanship.”

Oxford Bathrooms has 20 years of industry experience allows them to combine a beautiful design with quality workmanship to produce a functional bathroom that suits your lifestyle. Their extensive trade background guarantees you professional and knowledgeable renovation advice, no matter how big or small your plans are.

“At Oxford Bathrooms, we care about giving you renovation experience, expert advice, modern designs and high quality finishes, all at a fair and affordable price. This is why we offer a range of bathroom packages to suit your budget and style. Our packages are designed to eliminate the stress and hard work involved in achieving your ideal bathroom in any size room and

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