Shutdown Creates Housing Insecurity; New Haven Approves Civilian Review Board | Connecticut Public Radio

Shutdown Creates Housing Insecurity; New Haven Approves Civilian Review Board

Jan 15, 2019

Shuttered national parks, TSA workers calling in sick, hundreds of thousands of paychecks missed. Americans around the country are feeling the impact of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. But it’s not just federal employees who are struggling.

This hour, we find out how the shutdown is affecting some of the country’s most vulnerable residents.

And later, New Haven has approved a new civilian review board to investigate cops accused of misconduct. Cities across the country have turned to civilian review boards as models for police oversight and accountability, but do they work?

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  • Kriston Capps -  Staff writer for Citylab who covers housing (@kristoncapps)
  • Clarice Silber - Reporter for the CTMirror (@ClariceSilber)
  • Paul Bass - Editor for the New Haven Independent (@PaulJBass)
  • Samuel Walker - Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice at University of Nebraska-Omaha and author of The New World of Police Accountability
  • Samantha Young - California Politics Correspondent for Kaiser Health News and California Health Line (@youngsamantha)


Citylab: Low-Income Renters Face Eviction, Thanks to the Government Shutdown (Kriston Capps, January 2019) – “Anxiety is setting on some of the most vulnerable families in America. Between 70,000 and 85,000 low-income households that rely on assistance for housing—many elderly or disabled, and some of whom make less than $13,000 per year—could see shocks to their housing status if the shutdown persists.”

CT Mirror: Continuing shutdown roils public housing tenants (Clarice Silber, January 2019) – “Vital repairs at other Connecticut public housing projects have been put on hold because of the shutdown. Several other public housing projects in the state — including the Marjorie Moore Village in Berlin and the Casa Verde Sur in Hartford — were in the process of renewing their contracts with HUD when the shutdown went into effect, which means they are no longer receiving subsidies to house low-income tenants.”

New Haven Independent: Cop Review Panel Passes, With Teeth (January 2019) – “The 15-member CRB is charged under the new ordinance ‘to monitor, review, and conduct independent investigations of civilian complaints of police misconduct by police officers.’ It will have access to the same files available to the police department’s internal affairs division. It will hire independent investigators to conduct the probes, and make recommendations to the chief based on the findings.”

Kaiser Health News: California’s Top Lawyer Cements His Role As Health Care Defender-In-Chief (Samantha Young, January 2019) – “The 12 other states and the District of Columbia that had joined  [California Attorney General] Becerra’s lawsuit also gained a last-minute reprieve from the federal regulations that would have taken effect Monday. They would have allowed most employers to refuse to provide insurance coverage for workers’ birth control by raising a religious or moral objection.”

Chion Wolf contributed to this show.