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Seattle Government Comes Up With Novel Plan to Help Young Muslims Buy Homes

One of America’s most expensive cities seeks to give housing to some of the people who need it the most.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

Buying a home isn’t easy. Let’s be clear: for the majority of Americans, buying a home is completely and totally awful (and in New York, hilariously out-of-reach). But Seattle is especially concerned with helping the city’s low-and-moderate income Muslim residents purchase homes, some of whom rely on Sharia law and are unable to apply for conventional loans. So Seattle mayor Ed Murray decided to take action and come up with a smart new coalition, designed to give housing access to some of the city’s most underserved residents.

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George Lucas Uses Jedi Powers (and Tons of His Own Cash) to Build Affordable Housing in His Ultra-Wealthy Community

The Star Wars creator pledges $200 million for low-cost housing in the middle of one of America’s richest zip-codes

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George Lucas may have handed the reins of the Star Wars universe over to JJ Abrams and the Disney corporation, but that doesn’t mean he’s lost his Jedi edge.

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Russell Brand Organizes “Sleepover Protest” to Stop Home Evictions

He says the evictions are part of a “social cleansing” of London.

Russell Brand at Sweets Way. Image via the Sweets Way Resists Facebook page.

Russell Brand, celebrity prosthelytizer and YouTube revolutionary, helped stage a “sleepover” protest Tuesday night in support of residents who were evicted from their south London homes to make way for a new housing developement. Residents of the embattled property stationed themselves for an all-night occupation of one of the houses—kids frolicked in the playroom, food and ice cream trucks kept protesters well fed, and adults and children alike indulged themselves in rounds of karaoke. The protest/party was part of a campaign, called Sweets Way Resists, to save the homes of 60 residents who are currently still on the property.

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Interactive Map Compares "Affordable" Housing in NYC Neighborhoods

Envisioning Development pairs design with data to give New York City's tenants a lesson in affordable housing.

In New York's 2010 gubernatorial race, Jimmy McMillan of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party made a lot of headlines. Despite being a total outsider and having nearly no platform other than the need for lower rents, McMillan still earned more than 40,000 votes, coming in fifth out of seven.

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Leo DiCaprio Tours L.A.'s Affordable Housing on "Oprah"

The actor reports on Colorado Court, the first green affordable housing project in the country, with its architect, Lawrence Scarpa.

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We knew Leonardo DiCaprio was an enviro-minded filmmaker—he was responsible for the climate change documentary The 11th Hour, and produced a show about rebuilding tornado-ravaged Greensburg, Kansas, as a sustainable community. But he's also passionate about providing environmentally-friendly, affordable housing for residents in his hometown of Los Angeles. This week he went on Oprah to report on one such project.

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