People in Los Angeles are offering to shelter the homeless in tiny backyard homes. It could be solution to a spiraling homelessness crisis.

Tony Gutierrez/AP Los Angeles county is close to building one backyard unit for the homeless as part of its $ 550,000 pilot program, but the remaining units could be further behind. Despite interest from both landlords and homeless residents, the county faces a number of logistical and legal barriers. While the county continues its efforts, the […]

‘You can’t even see the sky’: Suspected gas explosions in Boston damage dozens of homes

WHDH 7 News A series of suspected gas explosions damaged over a dozen homes in Boston on Thursday. Methuen Police chief Joseph Solomon says there are so many fires “you can’t even see the sky.” It was not immediately clear if there were any injuries. LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Emergency crews are responding to what […]

FCC funds rural broadband for more than 700,000 homes and businesses

As part of its efforts to make broadband more available in rural areas, the Federal Communications Commission announced that the Connect America Fund Phase II “reverse auction” will bring broadband service to more than 700,000 homes and businesses for the first time. More than half of those will have download speeds of 100Mbps or more, […]

San Francisco’s housing market is so out of control, 60% of tech workers say they can’t afford homes

HBO The San Francisco Bay Area’s housing market is so bleak, even tech workers are struggling to buy a home there. A survey by Blind found that 59% of employees at Bay Area tech companies said they cannot afford homes. Cisco, eBay, and Intuit had the highest percentage of employees who said home ownership is […]

New Zealand has banned the sale of homes to foreigners after too many people started treating the island like their doomsday hideout

REUTERS/Henning Gloystein New Zealand has banned foreigners from buying property, a response to skyrocketing house prices across the nation. The housing crisis has been pinned in part on wealthy overseas investors looking for a place to escape a doomsday scenario.  US celebrities, including former TV host Matt Lauer and Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel have already snapped up […]

Staffing issues at long-term care homes known to province for years, Wettlaufer inquiry hears

The offices charged with inspecting Ontario’s long-term care homes don’t have the manpower to do inspections “in a timely manner,” according to testimony at the Wettlaufer inquiry from the manager of compliance inspection at the Hamilton Service Area Office.

Wells Fargo says hundreds lost homes to computing ‘error’

Software mistakes are normally little more than inconveniences, but they had particularly serious consequences for some Wells Fargo customers. An SEC filing from the bank has revealed that a “calculation error” in its mortgage loan modification underwriting tool led to about 625 customers either being denied loan changes or not receiving offers when they would […]

Wildfires are sweeping through California, burning homes and forcing evacuations

Associated Press/Noah Berger California firefighters are struggling in the stifling heat to put out blazes that have prompted the evacuations of hundreds of homes. Firefighters increased containment of a central San Diego County fire that rapidly spread over 400 acres, destroyed 18 structures and damaged eight. Another wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest was […]