Matthew Brian Hersh

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Matthew Brian Hersh served as senior editor at Shelterforce from March 2008 to October 2012. He studied English at Rutgers University and has spent his professional career in journalism, policy, and politics.

How Should AG Settlement Funds Be Used?

If money from the national mortgage settlement is not used for principal reduction, how should it be spent? We posed that question to readers...

Should FHFA’s REO-to-Rental Pilot Program Address Affordability?

Recently the National Low Income Housing Coaltion, as part of a blog series looking at discrimination in the marketing and maintenance...

How Would Ending the Census Survey Affect Our Work?

The U.S. House of Representatives last week voted to eliminate the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, in the latest move by this Congress to...

What’s the CDC Model?

No one expects that a one-size-fits-all definition for community development or a blueprint model for effective CD is attainable—it must be tailored to the...

How Are the AG Settlement Funds Being Used?

Enterprise Community Partners has issued a new report on what all 50 states are doing with funds received from the national mortgage...

It’s All FHA’s Fault!

While we're used to seeing articles that blame the homeowner for some part of the housing crisis, some of the...

Detroit: Precise Associates

“When we try to stabilize neighborhoods, rather than being scattered in approach, we try to buy as many properties as possible in a given...

New Jersey: Community Asset Preservation Corporation

“One of the main challenges in preserving neighborhoods everywhere is figuring out how to better establish a permanent, durable, capital pool that is more...

FHFA’s DeMarco: Finally Coming Around on Principal Reduction?

Speaking at an event at the Brookings Institution, Addressing the Weak Housing Market: Is Principal Reduction the Answer?, FHFA Acting...

CAP Report Argues Shared Appreciation Strategy for GSEs

A new report from the Center for American Progress sets it sites on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as it urges...

Greening the Affordable Housing Business Model

Enterprise Community Partners has formed the National Multifamily Energy Services Collaborative intended to “design and implement a full suite of green services to help...

Are Things Really Looking Up in the Housing Market?

Where are those “green shoots” in the housing market? With unemployement numbers slowly coming down, and with the economy making...

Church Foreclosures on the Rise

Boston's historic Charles Street AME never missed a mortgage payment, but the church could not refinance and ultimately fell in arrears on its $4...

The Lifecycle of Predatory Equity

The New York City Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) has a new report out that examines the “lifecycle” of predatory...

Partnership Potential: Land Banks and Community Land Trusts

In October 2011 a coalition of Philadelphia-based community, faith, and labor groups under the umbrella of the Campaign to Take Back Vacant Land, the...

Connecticut’s Affordable Housing Commitment

Earlier this month, Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy announced a proposal that would increase the state's commitment to affordable housing by...

$25B Foreclosure Settlement Lays Groundwork to “Fix a Broken System”

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has unveiled the long-awaited $25 billion agreement with the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers—the result...

AGs Inch Closer to Foreclosure Deal

A $26 billion robosigning settlement between states and the nation's largest banks could be announced as early as Thursday, according...

Sh*t NY Slumlords Say

The folks at the SurRealEstate blog (the organizing and policy department of the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board) poked some fun...

New York AG Sues Banks Over MERS

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has sued Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and JPMorgan Chase over the banks' use...