Miami Scandal

After the Miami Herald reported that the city-county housing authority had squandered millions of dollars intended for homes for low-income residents, community activists declared a “state of housing emergency.” Among their demands are a moratorium on most evictions, more rental assistance and a community land trust. The scandal comes as the city faces a wave of gentrification. Less than a fifth of the 72 projects the housing agency pledged in recent years to build have been completed, while officials have lost track of much of the money they lent to private developers. (NLIHC,

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Alan Mallach, senior fellow at the Center for Community Progress and the National Housing Institute, is the author of many works on housing and planning, including Bringing Buildings Back, A Decent Home, and Inclusionary Housing in International Perspective. He served as director of housing and economic development for Trenton, New Jersey, from 1990 to 1999, and teaches in the City and Regional Planning program at Pratt Institute.



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