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?

Tenants Do Vote, Or at Least They Try

One of the canards about why homeownership is so wonderful is that it increases all sorts of beneficial behaviors, including...

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...

Staying Afloat: The Ongoing Struggle for Affordable Housing

A multi-faceted approach is necessary to stem the rising number of severely cost-burdened households in the United States.

Banking on Neighborhood Stabilization

Even the most sophisticated private and nonprofit partnerships for dealing with vacant property will end up with some properties that don’t pencil out. Land banks can step in to keep those properties from dragging down revitalization efforts.

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...

Same Challenges, Bigger Numbers: 30 Years of Reporting on The State of the Nation’s...

While each annual State of the Nation’s Housing report has documented housing changes incrementally, looking back 30 years provides a unique frame of reference for just exactly how much worse housing affordability challenges have become.

Time to Learn from Europe on Housing?

Since we recently had bloggers squaring off on the question of whether expanding homeownership really is an important policy priority in and of itself (Alan Mallach: Yes, Tony Roshan Samara: No), I thought it was interesting to throw this New Yorker article into the mix—a reminder that many of our tax subsidies ($200 billion a […]
Word "stale" spray-painted on side of train car.

Oft-Quoted Studies Saying Gentrification Doesn’t Cause Displacement Are “Glaringly Stale”

Oft-cited study concerns 1990s renters already paying huge portions of their income on housing.

Does Screening for Eviction Records Violate the Fair Housing Act?

We tend to think of the Fair Housing Act as covering access to housing—getting “into” housing. But it also applies to staying in...

Talk About Aging In Place…

A community with a sound housing policy would ideally provide low- and moderate-income housing for aging seniors on fixed incomes so that they can downsize while remaining in their community. For seniors of greater means, market rate senior housing near town amenities should be an option. But with The New York Times Saturday reporting that aging in place might, in fact, be a burden, this whole ideal is going out the window.

Mobility Still Matters

Security is the holy grail of housing policy. Wherever people are perched on the housing tenure ladder, be they...
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When Bad Names Get in the Way of Good Policy

Today, America is a place where symbols are often more important than the causes or deeds they describe. With social media and the 24-hour...
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?
The Daley Center in downtown Chicago. It’s estimated that each year, more than 15,000 people in Cook County will get a public eviction record despite having no eviction order or judgment against them.

Eviction Filings Hurt Tenants, Even If They Win

From Monday through Friday, 52 weeks a year, thousands of tenants, landlords, and attorneys make their way to the Daley Center in downtown Chicago....
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Fixing a Regressive Tax Structure that Perpetuates Inequity

In Washington state, the dilemma for advocates is how to ask city and county elected officials to significantly increase public resources for housing when their only current choices are regressive tax tools.

Tenant Organizing From the Ground Up

California is home to over 16 million renters— about 45 percent of the population—and the majority are low-income people of color. A disproportionate number...
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Shelter Shorts, The Week in Community Development—Oct. 12

News from—and affecting—the community development world. This week: fast food swamps, Seattle has too many apartments, criminal justice, basic income pilot, more.

Losing Nonprofit Control of Tax Credit Housing?

How an ambiguous legal definition is endangering nonprofits’ control of dozens of affordable housing developments in the final years of their tax credit agreements.

Honor Thy Mortgage!

Thinking about walking away from your mortgage because of your underwater mortgage? Stephen Colbert, in his inimitable way, tells us to think again, and...

Poor Folk Are All Cost Burdened, No Matter What Their Housing Cost

Today the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard releases its annual State of the Nation's Housing report. As always,...