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?

Could Kit Homes Make a Comeback?

It's interesting to look at housing trends from the past to try to find ideas on how to deal...

Making Fair Housing a Reality

The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) is having its National Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., from June 8 to 11. This conference will shed...

From Burden to Boon: REOs Can Expand Housing Choice

This post is part of an ongoing series based on the National Fair Housing Alliance report, “The Banks Are...

The Reality of Poverty Deconcentration

A “moral panic” over crime in central cities, combined with a demand for reform of the most troubled public housing developments, led to a profound shift in the late 1980s in how this country housed poor people.

Homeless Mothers in California Show How Radical Housing Activism Becomes Lasting Change

Moms 4 Housing and LA Reclaimers have proven that successful grassroots organizing can turn headline-grabbing occupations into long-term affordable housing.

10 Things That Did Not Happen in Rural Housing in 2012

Year-end reviews generally cover events, but in 2012 the things that did not happen may have been more notable. That certainly...
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The Big Red Herring: The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) Will Help Predators Identify...

HMDA is the key to preventing predatory behavior, not the cause of it, so how can an economics professor from George Washington University claim that HMDA can facilitate large-scale identity theft?
Men in topcoats and hats with rent increase protest signs.

Ask Yourself: Who Do Anti-Rent Control Policies Serve?

Whenever you hear (or read) anti-rent control arguments, ask the question: who benefits from banning rent control? And who is hurt?
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Housing Authority Eliminates Ban of Ex-Offenders

With the approval of new background check procedures, a criminal conviction won't automatically disqualify a person from receiving public housing or voucher assistance in New Orleans.

What An Affordable Housing Victory Looks Like in DC

There is big affordable housing news from DC. HUD and Congress are not involved. In fact, the federal government...

Organizing and the Community Land Trust Model

What happens when organizers win a campaign for community control of land? That depends a lot on the choices they make about how to exercise that control.

Are Millennials Different, or Just Delaying Homeownership?

Big, diverse, and a little bit different, the Millennial generation is often cast as the solution to—or the cause of—many of America’s housing challenges. But Millennials probably aren’t as principal to understanding U.S. housing market conditions as the sheer amount of media coverage may lead us to believe. The opportunities available to Gen Xers and […]

$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...

Housing Counseling in Danger: They Say Cut Backs, We Say ??

Housing counseling works. Counselors form a critical bridge between servicers and homeowners in distress, advocating for them in the face of perverse servicer incentives,...

HUD Announces Diaster Assistance

HUD has announced disaster assistance for those affected by Hurricane Sandy in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. ...

How Could Homelessness Have Barely Budged During the Recession?

FACT: Rates of homelessness in the U.S. remained essentially unchanged between 2008-2012. This is surprising indeed, especially against the...

Say What, Washington Post? Declining Homeownership Rates Aren’t a Good Thing

On Aug. 3, The Washington Post published a remarkable opinion piece by Charles Lane, one of the paper’s editorial...

Walking Away Becoming Less Taboo

We’ve been talking about the pragmatic component of strategically walking away from your mortgage for some time now. For a while, there was a...

Defeating NIMBY With Incentive Housing Zones

Speed-dating for affordable housing? Why not? The Partnership for Strong Communities and its HOMEConnecticut program are playing matchmaker on Monday, May 12, between experienced affordable housing...

Cleaning Up After The Foreclosure Tsunami: Tackling Bank Walk-Aways and Vulture Investors

The story of the American foreclosure crisis begins with reckless and abusive lending that leads to a wholesale emptying out of homes. But the story is far from over.