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?

A New Way to Diffuse NIMBYism?

Proposals for affordable housing developments elicit predictable opposition, summed up in the familiar acronym,  NIMBY—Not In My Back Yard—is...

Keep Single Family Homes in Mind

I enjoyed looking at the examples of smart growth in NRDC’s new online feature, Picturing Smart Growth. Thanks to Kaid Benfield for bringing this...

Relaxing the Credit Crunch

Three years after the financial meltdown, credit remains elusive in many underserved communities. Although the reliance on credit scores is greater now than it’s been in a decade, many housing activists and community lenders are arguing for other means to evaluate credit risk.
Boston residents participants marched to a nearby national gathering of YIMBYs with a sign that reads "Displacement is the Crisis ... We Are The Answer."

What We Don’t Know About Development and Displacement

The data on the relationship between new development, affordability, and displacement is not nearly as clear-cut as advocates (of all persuasions) often imply.

Whose Affordable Housing Crisis?

Being priced out of appreciating neighborhoods is not the housing affordability problem most Americans face. But they are facing one.

Giving Tenants the First Opportunity to Purchase Their Homes

Versions of a law known as the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act are being proposed across the country—in places like New York, Massachusetts and California. Could giving tenants a first right of purchase further protect renters?

Preserving Safe, High Quality Public Housing Should Be a Federal Priority

A report I recently co-authored for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities examines the state of public housing in the United States today...

Massachusetts Showed States How to Create an Eviction Ban. Now It’s Backpedaling

The Massachusetts eviction moratorium—one of the strongest in the nation—expired, just in time for winter. How did this happen?
Multicolored collage of houses with photos of ceramic birds

California Takes Historic Step Toward Affordable Housing for All

Amid a housing crisis in California, legislators last week approved a historic package of bills that will shape the future of housing policy in...

“Costs of Place” Still Rising

Every once in a while, it's useful to take stock of the big picture numbers and trends that form...

It’s All About Choice

Rather than just developing homes for sale, City of Lakes CLT lets buyers pick houses to bring into the land trust.

American Nightmare

Homeowners under threat of foreclosure suffer a level of trauma that's largely invisible to most Americans, while professionals working to keep people in their homes are often overwhelmed by the complexity of the crisis.

The REAL Rental Housing Issue

We know a few things about the majority of very low-income renters: They live in private market housing, not tax credit projects or public...

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...

Is the News on Homelessness Good or Bad?

So there's bad news and good news, it seems, on the topic of homelessness these past few months. ...

A Home You Can’t Mortgage? No Longer. Victory for Manufactured Housing

More than seventeen million Americans live in 6.9 million manufactured homes.  The vast majority of these homeowners are low and...

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...

Private Money Successfully Fixing Public Housing

[Editor's note: Over the past several years, Shelterforce has covered HUD's plans to address the capital funding backlog in public housing through allowing PHAs to take on private debt here, here, and here, when it was announced in its first form, PETRA, or the Preservation, Enhancement, and Transformation of Rental Assistance initiative. This op-ed by […]

States Undercutting Historic Mortgage Settlement

Early this year, in a settlement with 49 state attorneys general, the five largest banks in the United States—Citi,...

No Going Back to Segregation After Landmark Texas Fair Housing Case

As a Texas houser and fair housing advocate, I have been an anxious and interested outside observer of the...