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?

“It’s Like You’re Walking But Your Feet Ain’t Going Nowhere.”

In Texas, evacuees from Hurricane Katrina wonder if their lives will ever get back to something approaching normal.

The Road to PETRA

From the early days of the public housing program in the 1930s to the present, vociferous opposition has resulted in a host of problems. Understanding the history can help put President Obama's PETRA program in context.

Smart Can Be Affordable

Despite fears that rising prices follow smart growth projects, smart growth and affordable housing advocates need each other to realize the promise of each. 
Close up of an African-American Vietnam veteran with white beard standing in front of a bright blue walk, and holding his hand up to the left side of his face in an "L" shape.

How Can We End Homelessness?  Let’s Start—and Finish—With Veterans

We are so close to this goal. We should not change our focus before we meet it.

Urban Reprise

Cities are growing again, with young people increasingly interested in moving to more walkable communities. And it’s not just traditionally hot market cities that are gaining. Newark, New Jersey, for example, gained population for...

California: Fear & Loathing at the Ballot Box

Everybody likes to go all schadenfreude on California, jealous of the wonderful weather, fabled coastline, and our claim to Yorba Linda, birthplace of Richard Nixon, all things that make us The Envy of the...

Who Dun It in the “American Murder Mystery?”

The Atlantic story on crime in Memphis (Tenn.) and Louisville (Ky.) by Hanna Rosin and her identifying “one of the most celebrated antipoverty programs of recent decades ” as the culprit has created a...

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 great resource to everyone’s attention! I was pleased to see...

Homeownership Is a Bad Investment?

This chart from Visualizing Economics calls into question the bedrock assertion that housing is a good investment, showing that its real value doesn’t actually rise. The accompanying post says basically that all the asset...

Dear Mom, Here’s What Crashed the Economy (Part II)

In case you missed the first post in this series, you can link to it here. You should read it. My mom says so. My goal is...

CAP Report Argues Shared Appreciation Strategy for GSEs

A new report from the Center for American Progress sets it sites on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as it urges the FHFA to consider a principal reduction pilot program for...

Public Lands in the Community’s Hands

Last month, PODER (People Organized to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights) achieved another victory in the fight for a more just and equitable San Francisco—getting a commitment from the city...

FHA’s Delicate Balancing Act

The FHA’s recent financial report card to Congress indicating that the agency may need to turn to the US Treasury for financial support has given detractors of that agency new...

Could “Loft Home” Conversions Make Rust Belt Rehab Pencil Out?

A few weeks ago, Alan Mallach wrote on Rooflines about the mismatch between the buildings built for families of another era and the needs of today's potential city dwellers.  ...

Reactions to the President’s Housing Address

Yesterday, President Barack Obama gave a housing policy speech in Phoenix, Ariz., and this afternoon he answered questions submitted via social media on a live web chat with the...

Keeping Rural Seniors in Their Homes

Through my work researching housing for rural seniors, two things have become evident: first, rural America is older than the nation overall, and second, aging in place is the best...

Housing Affordability Is Our Problem, Not Their Problem

I had the opportunity to participate in a recent webcast about the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies’ report, State of the Nation’s Housing, where I talked about the nation’s...

What An Affordable Housing Victory Looks Like in DC

There is big affordable housing news from DC. HUD and Congress are not involved. In fact, the federal government has no role in this news, which is not always...

Quality vs. Quantity in Affordable Housing: The Great Production Debate Part I

In the first part of the debate, architect Charles Buki argues that quality design is important for low-income affordable housing.
A rendering of a San Francisco building.

The Challenges of Economic Integration

Is it more important to have mixed-income buildings, or to give more people access to mixed-income neighborhoods?