Housing

Housing matters. A stable, quality, affordable home is a foundation for so many other parts of life. How do we bring it in reach for everyone?

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A Critical Piece of the Mixed Income Puzzle

So, what kind of neighbor are you? When last did you take a true risk to establish a meaningful connection with someone with a very...
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Tiny Homes for the Homeless—Would You Host a Village?

Imagine if hosting a transitional tiny home village became the norm for all suitable vacant land—dare I say even an expectation?
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10 Ways to Talk About Inclusionary Housing, Differently

We need to talk about inclusionary housing in a different way that circumvents common misperceptions and creates a new narrative for policymakers in moderate markets and more conservative political climates. Here are 10 messages to help frame your conversations.

Schneiderman’s Role in Financial Crimes Unit Is Welcome News

A settlement between attorneys general, federal officials, and the nation's five largest mortgage lenders is reportedly anything but final following...

Can These Neighborhoods Be Saved? More Thoughts from Detroit

In my last post, I described the picture in what I call Detroit’s ‘middle-ground’ neighborhoods. In recent decades, those neighborhoods, mainly single family homes,...

From Food to Housing: Sacrificing Quality for Quantity in the Colonias

In November, the Washington Post published an article entitled “Too Much of Too Little” about recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition...

“When Houses Become Widgets”

“What can cities do when limited-liability entities start buying up distressed properties as investments and then ignore basic maintenance?” asks Stephen Clowney, an assistant...

NLIHC Report: Rental Homes Remain Out of Reach

The gap between income and rent continues to widen, and “high unemployment, falling wages, and low rental vacancy rates driven by a post-recession return...

Protestor Who Disrupted DeMarco Hearing, In His Own Words

You've probably heard that several underwater homeowners were arrested for disrupting Tuesday's House Financial Services Committee hearing at which acting...
Rancho Lindo, an apartment complex in the San Joaquin Valley in California.

When Deep-Income Targeting Doesn’t Hit the Mark

Deep-income targeting, where the focus is on housing those with the lowest incomes, can mean dramatically different things to affordable rental housing developers in different states, and even in different market areas within the same state.

HAMP Modification to Include Principal Writedowns

The Home Affordable Modification Program will make further attempts to extend relief to struggling homeowners, the administration announced last week,...

Beyond The Foreclosure Crisis: Bank Mistrust Could Forestall Recovery

The financial costs of the seemingly endless foreclosure crisis have been widely reported with Credit Suisse estimating that as many as 12 million families...

Should We Want Home Prices to Rise?

Over on the media watchdog site FAIR, economist Dean Baker takes Boston Community Capital director Elyse Cherry to task for...
An apartment complex in Minnesota that was under threat of being sold to a luxury developer.

Beating Luxury Developers at Their Own Game

The tide is starting to change as a number of organizations have partnered with nonprofits to make deals to acquire naturally occurring affordable housing.
Mesa 5 cooperative members explain how the housing complex’s services and maintenance work.

Solutions to an Unjust Housing System

Four scalable land and housing models can provide justice, and homes, for our communities. But we need support to protect them from market pressure.
The towering Co-op City in the Bronx, New York, the largest cooperative housing development in the world.

Bronx By Design: Why Beauty Matters

Great public buildings were once the centerpieces of their communities: they inspired, conferred a sense of dignity on the neighborhood and sent a message...

Fed to Congress: We Don’t Want That Responsibility!

At a March 23 hearing, “The Future of Housing Finance,” conducted by the House Committee on Financial Services, Illinois Republican Judy Biggert criticized...

In It Together

The latest book by Bill McKibben, the well-known environmental journalist and activist, poses a provocative question for community economic developers: How do we improve...

Just Because His Sleeves Are Rolled Up, It Doesn’t Mean He Means Business

I’m a little late weighing on on this, but this retrial of Jon Stewart v. Tucker Carlson is not sitting well with me. Countless investors...

Affordable Housing Strikes Back

George Lucas seems to be on a mission to be an affordable housing developer—or at least to use affordable...