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?

Housing as Economic Growth? Strange Idea, But Not in Massachusetts

Given the pain so many states such as California and Florida are suffering because they have a glut of new, empty houses, and given...
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Remember Slavic Village? It’s Back

A Cleveland neighborhood made famous as an epicenter of the foreclosure crisis works its way back to stability. Here’s how.

Who Dun It in the “American Murder Mystery?”

The Atlantic story on crime in Memphis (Tenn.) and Louisville (Ky.) by Hanna Rosin and her identifying “one of the most celebrated antipoverty programs...

Just What Does “Brass in Pocket” Mean, Anyway?

I’m an impostor. No, that’s not right. A pretender? Okay, that’ll work for now. And I’m not talking Chrissie Hynde. I make my living...
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Why San Francisco Outdoes New York City on Tenant Rights

New York City has been outpaced by San Francisco in protecting tenants since the latter adopted rent control in 1979. While protections for the city's tenants have steadily weakened and even disappeared since the 1990s, San Francisco’s rent control and eviction protection laws have expanded and strengthened.

Housing Finance Reform Doesn’t Need to Start with Congress

Later this month, as every reader no doubt knows, the Senate Banking committee will mark up the bipartisan housing...

Not All Artists Are Young. Or Childless.

On Dec. 3, the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland became the deadliest in the city’s history, claiming the lives of 36 individuals. The warehouse...

Can’t Look Past the Rescue Short Fall

As Look Past the Bailout Blather notes, there are aspects of American Housing Rescue and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008 that are welcomed....
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Decommodifying Housing Without Reproducing American Apartheid

Though the idea of social housing is gaining traction among advocates and policy experts, the path of least resistance for its production in the U.S. is also the path of the perpetuation of residential racial segregation.

Stepping Back From “Stepping Forward”

Public housing tenants are celebrating the Seattle Housing Authority’s (SHA) decision to retract a controversial plan to raise rents by more than 400 percent in the coming years. The “Stepping Forward” plan, announced last September, was immediately met with stiff resistance from tenants mostly organized through the Tenants Union of Washington State (TUWS). In November, […]

Ending “Dual Track” in California

Last week, the California legislature passed the California Foreclosure Reduction Act, finally putting an end to the unfair “dual track” system...

Thinking Gray—And Positive

When I think about all the boards and committees I’ve served on, the clean-up days and neighborhood association events and protests I’ve attended, I...

With Merger, Enterprise Expands Financing for “Workforce” Housing, Commercial

Enterprise Community Investment, the for-profit financing subsidiary of Enterprise Community Partners, has merged with Bellwether Real Estate Capital to form Bellwether...

Perez: Inclusionary Zoning Can Work, If Implemented

Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights division laud’s Montgomery County, Maryland’s inclusionary zoning policy, the largest inclusionary zoning policy...

What Can FHFA Learn from the Banks’ Big Mistakes?

This post, submitted by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, is part of an ongoing series based on the National...

Too Big To Jail Redux: It’s Worse Than You Suspected

Anyone who worked with homeowners seeking mortgage modifications over the past years has made or heard some joke about the...

The Right To Rent

Fannie Mae this week announced its Deed for Lease Program that effectively allows qualifying homeowners with Fannie Mae mortgages facing foreclosure the opportunity to...

Foreclosure Mitigation, Abandoned Properties, What’s Missing?

At an upcoming housing summit in New Jersey, there are promising presentations for anyone who sees the grave danger associated with the foreclosure crisis...
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Making It Easier to Build Won’t Generate Affordable Units

It is often convenient to blame city planners for the affordable housing crisis. Sadly, this blame is often misguided because planners do not produce housing.

Obama’s Foreclosure Plan: Just the Facts

The Obama administration announced February 18 its Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan that aims to offer assistance to as many as 9 million homeowners...