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Reported Article

Mixed Results: How an Eviction Prevention Program Is Going

In 2019, a large affordable housing operator implemented a unique program meant to reduce evictions across its properties. Several years, one pandemic, and an economic downturn later, we check in to see how the landlord—and the tenants—are faring.

View from the parking lot of two two-story motel-like apartment buildings, painted a sage green with black exterior stairway leading to the second floor apartments. Shrubs in the yard between the buildings include crape myrtle. A dark green minivan is parked in the lot and beyond it, a red sedan. The sky is blue with large cumulus clouds.
Explainers

Rising Property Insurance Costs: The Threat to Affordable Housing

This video and related articles explore a ballooning crisis endangering affordable housing, even as the need for it keeps growing.

Reported Article

This Part of Spain Has Won Rent Regulations U.S. Tenant Activists Can Only Dream Of

In Spain, a new law makes rent control possible—and one region has implemented it. In Catalunya, a rent freeze and rental price index promise to help struggling tenants.

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Reported Article

Colorado Wants to Give Tenants Money for Paying Rent

A new statewide program aims to help renters benefit from the value they add to the buildings they live in. Here’s how the program could work, and when it could begin.

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Opinion

Podcast: The Future of Housing Journalism

Shelterforce’s Miriam Axel-Lute and Shelby King were featured on the Housing After Dark podcast.

View from across the street of a restored nine-story building dating from 1909. The facade is brick and terra cotta, with arch details over the second-story windows and on the top floor windows.
Reported Article

The Permanent Affordability That Wasn’t: Lessons from the Pythian Building

A high-stakes, high-profile community land trust project once hailed as a triumph in New Orleans ended in disaster for its residents, but it’s important to draw the right lessons about why.

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Opinion

Ownership Matters: Institutional Investors and Corporate Ownership

Who owns our homes is an absolutely essential part of housing policy, and an even greater part of housing politics.

A Black woman in blue flowered dress and dusty pink hijab speaks into several microphones. In foreground, blurry, are news cameras. The woman is part of a large group at a rally, carrying signs promoting rent stabilization and saying "Home to Stay MPLS"
Reported Article

Affordable Housing Sector Split on Rent Control

In the Twin Cities, where voters have recently supported rent control, most nonprofit housing developers have stayed silent, and some have openly lined up with the developers and landlords who oppose it.

Seven people wearing jackets and caps on a city sidewalk holding signs that say "Listen to UREB," "Save Our Homes," "Negotiate with UREB," or "5,000 Against Displacement." One person is speaking into a microphone. At the curb by the speaker is a van with WRLC painted on the side, for Western Reserve Land Conservancy.
Reported Article

Nonprofit to Close Mobile Home Community to Build a Park

Ohio’s largest conservation land trust has been accused of purchasing a manufactured housing community with the very intention of closing it, evicting more than 100 households in the process. But proponents of the park’s closure say the land’s failing infrastructure—and the benefit the property will bring to an entire city—is what forced the decision.

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Opinion

In the Rush to Build, Existing Affordable Housing Is Falling Apart

With attention—and funding—focused on new housing supply over preservation and operations, even mission-driven nonprofit affordable housing managers are struggling to maintain decent conditions in older affordable housing.

A crowd of protesters gather in front of the U.S. supreme court. One woman is speaking. They are holding signs that say "housing solves homelessness" and "housing not handcuffs."
Practitioner Voice

What the Grants Pass Case Means—For All of Us

In an era of runaway housing costs, the Supreme Court is going to decide whether it’s illegal to not be able to afford them.

Opinion

Criminalizing Homelessness: Supreme Court Case Gives Us a Chance to Change the Narrative

The Grants Pass decision will shape the way cities address homelessness in ways that may challenge housing advocates, but it also represents the best opportunity we’ve had in decades to change the narrative on homelessness and build stronger public will for housing.