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?

Creating a Level Playing Field in the Foreclosure Process

Congressional action is hard these days. Last year, Congress came close, but failed, to passing significant reforms to bankruptcy rules that would have allowed...
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As Affordable Housing Units Expire, Los Angeles Lags in Preservation Efforts

As thousands of affordable housing units expire, L.A. lags behind other cities in its preservation efforts. But one group of tenants may be victorious.

What Do We Call Affordable Housing?

Affordable housing?“We've eradicated that phrase from our language,” says Staci Berger of the Housing and Community Development Network of...

In the Delta, Homeownership Strategies Need Innovation

Earlier this month, the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) partnered with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis for...
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Your Essential Worker May Be a Voucher Holder

How housing assistance programs benefit all of us—and why they should stop leaving people behind.

FHFA: Get in the Business of Restoring Home Opportunity

It is disheartening to watch the enormous diversion of attention and energy focused on persuading the Federal Housing Finance Agency...

The Fair Housing Act at 45: A Time for Celebration and Action

April is fair housing month and, this year, it’s also the 45th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing...

Washington Post Misses the Point on Inclusionary Zoning

Earlier this week, The Washington Post featured an article by Jeffrey O’Connell headlined, “DC affordable housing policy has put up a goose egg.” ...

A Few Slightly Radical Ideas to Ponder

Here’s a handful of somewhat radical planning ideas to ponder as we enter the Great Mini-Depression: I am wondering what sort of innovations will go...

Make Lemonade from the Current Housing Crisis

When life serves you lemons, make lemonade. That seems to be the adage the Prince William County authorities are following with regard to the...

FHFA’s DeMarco: Finally Coming Around on Principal Reduction?

Speaking at an event at the Brookings Institution, Addressing the Weak Housing Market: Is Principal Reduction the Answer?, FHFA Acting...

The Federal Move to Protect Tenants

The Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act provides much-needed relief for tenants across the country in properties undergoing foreclosure. But with one-third of Americans living as tenants, is this a sign of a protracted federal response, or is it a one-shot deal?

Detroit: Exception or Rule?

The bankruptcy of Detroit (the legal filing is currently on hold) has prompted a sudden flood of interest in...

Obama’s Wrong Note on Foreclosures

As Election Day nears, President Obama is regaining his populist mojo. His State of the Union address was mostly pitch...
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What Would It Mean to Cancel Rent?

The growing organizing demand raises a host of questions for the affordable housing movement.
In Dublin, Ireland, a sign that reads "Housing is a Human Right."

U.N. to U.S. Government: Do Better on Housing

In blistering letter, U.N. special rapporteur slams the U.S. government and international companies for violating human rights through the excessive financialization of the housing market.

DeMarco Replacement Named, CBO Supports Principal Reductions

We've heard noises before that President Obama might nominate Rep. Melvin Watt (D-N.C.) to replace Ed DeMarco as director of...

Making Eviction Diversion Meaningful in Massachusetts

Whether the governor’s rent relief and eviction diversion program will keep people in their homes depends on whether landlords can be persuaded—or compelled—to participate.

The Hard Part

Reclaiming REO at a scale that protects neighborhoods will involve a delicate dance between ground game and national reach, and between nonprofit and for-profit capacities.
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After Redlining: Part 2

Headrights and redlining were parts of a systemic structure designed to aid some and debilitate others. Their repercussions are still felt.