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?

Why Voters Haven’t Been Buying the Case for Building

It’s not because they’re stupid. If we want to convince people, we need to stop yelling and start listening.
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HUD Approves Vouchers for Housing After Foster Care

A group of former foster youths and advocates recently convinced top federal housing officials about how best to legislate new federal support for housing for youth after they exit foster care.
A multicolored tent in house's front yard. A sign on the fence says "Moratorium on foreclosures and evictions" and a sign on the house reads "Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign"

The Many Fronts of COVID-19 Related Housing Needs and Measures

Stable housing is crucial during a pandemic. Front-line providers and local governments are moving to address the impacts, but they need more federal funds
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Did Ithaca Really Cancel Rent?

In early June, residents and organizers successfully pressured the Ithaca Common Council to pass a resolution that requests that the state grant them the authority to cancel rent in response to COVID-19. Contrary to many headlines, it didn't actually cancel rent—yet.

The CARES Act Was Supposed to Protect NJ Tenants from Eviction. It Didn’t.

State activists say eviction cases were filed in violation of the CARES Act’s ban on evictions. Pre-trial settlement conferences are further complicating the situation.

‘Do We Need Affordable Housing’ Is the Wrong Question to Ask

How we can help elected officials promote genuine community by ensuring inclusive, mixed-income housing.

Losing Ground

In communities of color throughout New York City, growing numbers of homeowners with subprime mortgages are finding themselves at risk of losing their homes, the bitter fruit of years of predatory lending practices.

The End of Public Housing

In written testimony submitted to the House Committee on Financial Services in May, excerpted here, a group of urban affairs academics argue that PETRA is nothing less than a formal divestment from public housing, worse than anything previous administrations have proposed.

Tackling the Challenge of Scattered-Site Rentals

Attention is turning to single-family rentals as a way to keep a growing inventory of foreclosed properties occupied in a credit-constrained market. But scattered-site rental has long been considered a very tough nut to crack for nonprofit housing groups. How do those who make it work pull it off?
An African-American woman with a pink flower in her hair stands at a podium with a Veteran's Affairs seal on it with her hand on her heart, facing a crowd. An American flag is to her side.

We Served Too

Women are an increasing percentage of veterans, and of homeless veterans, but their experiences of homelessness differ from their male counterparts, and so must the solutions.
One-pager starts with "Does affordable housing lower property values? No!" Image shows 56 green document icons, 5 striped, and 1 gray to represent research that found positive, mixed, or negative effects and a map of the United States with dots to represent where those studies took place. Includes citations. Image links to pdf version.

Q: Does affordable housing development lower nearby property values?

A. No. No. No. Are 56 studies enough no for you?

No Sense of Decency?

Kari Lydersen has been posting on Rooflines from New Orleans this week, offering first-person witness to the sorry plight of the city’s poor and...

Not Your Clinton’s Foreclosure Holiday

First the gas tax holiday, then the Columbus Day holiday, now again with the foreclosure holiday. Everyone should be wary of “holidays” in taxation...

Foreclosure Mitigation Plans Need Work and Need Work Now

The Congressional Oversight Panel assembled a year ago when TARP was enacted in order to review the regulatory system and financial markets offered a...

The Future of Mortgage Finance

Today’s panel discussion at the 2011 NCRC Conference was loaded with passionate views on the cause of the housing meltdown, how “homeownership” fits into...

Dear Mom, Here’s What Crashed the Economy (Part III) – And How to Fix...

Happy New Year!  And what better time to talk about my favorite ideas for getting us out of this...

The REO Pilot Program Should be an Opportunity for Fair Housing

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

Debt Strikes—Mortgage and Student

I wrote on Monday about ESOP's mortgage strikers. The concept made me think of the student debt strike efforts. ...

Is a New Bubble Forming?

  . Are we slipping into a new housing bubble? (Or is it racing into?) S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices track housing price changes in 20 metros nationwide....

The Potential for Affordability

The other day a genteel old six-bedroom house at the end of my street went up for auction. It...