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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.

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.

LIHTC

LIHTC: Are Little Changes Enough? A Shelterforce Webinar

There are reforms and expansions of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit afoot. But some in the field argue that we need to change the tax credit model of financing housing more deeply—or move away from it entirely. Join scholars and organizers as they discuss these issues and explore a path forward.

Westerly Creek development
Explainers

How Are LIHTC Rents Set—And Why Can’t So Many Renters Afford Them?

This video breaks down the LIHTC rent-setting process, and shows the surprising number of people it doesn’t serve.

A young woman in gold-rimmed glasses looks skeptically at a sheet of paper. She is across a table from an older woman in a peach top whose back is to the camera. The young woman has wavy brown hair with red overtones and wears a top that's light on top and dark below the shoulders. They're in a brightly lit meeting room.
Reported Article

Common Homelessness Assessment Leads to Racial Disparities in Housing Placements

Intake questions about past evictions and mental health stopped families of color from accessing long-term housing support, but agencies in Arizona and elsewhere are asking new questions.

Equity

From Local Organizer to Housing Commissioner: Seila Mosquera-Bruno

Seila Mosquera-Bruno’s story is one of resilience. Arriving in the U.S. as a single mother at 24, she is now Connecticut’s commissioner of housing. This video is part of Shelterforce’s Women of Color on the Front Lines series.

Image description: Webinar title “Getting to More Accessible, Affordable, Inclusive Housing" in a yellow banner.Below, from left to right are headshots of the speakers: Anita Cameron a woman with brown skin and dredlocks, Chelsea Hayman, a woman with pale skin, straight light-brown hair and glasses, Hunter Herrera-McFarland, a woman with long straight black hair, dark-framed glasses and light skin, Shelly Richardson, a woman with short reddish hair, clear-framed glasses, and Miriam Axel-Lute, a woman with curly dark medium-length hair, angular purple glasses and earrings.
Disability

Getting to More Accessible, Affordable, Inclusive Housing, a Shelterforce Webinar

Four disability advocates and experts explain what’s needed to house Americans with disabilities and some of the work that’s being done to get there.

Reported Article

VA’s Work to End Veteran Homelessness Is a Nationwide Model. Can It Translate for Civilians?

The VA’s program doesn’t completely meet the needs of all unhoused veterans, but it’s close. That stands in stark relief to the non-veteran population. 

Brown housing units with a parking lot in front. Two cars are in the lot. There is a sign that says "Pennington Place." Another sign reads "this is a smoke free property."
Reported Article

A Sustainable Model for Public Housing? Longtime PHA Exec Reflects on Three Decades of Work in Georgia

Sandra Hudson has worked for 30 years to improve the lives of residents as the executive director of a housing authority in Northwest Georgia. Her accomplishments range from improved building materials to more equitable RAD agreements—and plenty in between.

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Interview

Running Rampant: How Short-Term Rentals Affect Communities with Loose Restrictions

Brendan O’Brien, author of “Homesick,” talks with us about his new book, and what’s he’s learned about the effects of short-term rentals in communities like Flagstaff, Arizona; Bozeman, Montana; and St. George, Utah.

Nineteen people stand in a semi-circle facing the camera, on a partly paved road near some mobile homes and parked cars. They are mixed in age, gender, and skin color, and most have one arm raised high, making a fist; one person is raising both arms with thumbs up, and one person has not raised her arms.
Practitioner Voice

Let’s Harness the Growth of the Shared-Equity Field

Between 2011 and 2022, the number of nonprofits with shared-equity programs and CLTs increased by 30 percent. Here’s a look at the diversity of their programs and portfolios, and who’s benefiting from their rise.

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Practitioner Voice

Low-Income Residents of Inclusionary Housing Report Facing More Bias

A survey of Cambridge, Massachusetts, residents found that residents of affordable units in inclusionary housing properties reported frequently experiencing bias, especially from management. Here’s how we can change that.