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?

Residents of Nonprofit Housing Have Lower Rates of COVID

Affordable housing providers have touted the connections between health and the places where people live for years. In a small city outside of Boston, the evidence is incontrovertible.
Atlanta's BeltLine bike path bordered by new homes.

Affordable BeltLine Project Still in Progress in Atlanta

It was a decade ago when the Atlanta BeltLine partnership set a goal of creating almost 6,000 units of affordable housing, as well as a collaborative of land trusts. What’s happened since? Did the partnership achieve its intended goals?

A Tangled Web: The Problem with Fragmented Housing Assistance

We don’t really have a housing assistance system. We have hundreds of them. And that's part of why it's so hard to get rent relief out.

Push Back on the Racial Wealth Gap—A Shelterforce Webinar

Authors from Shelterforce’s recent series about the racial wealth gap and other experts talk wealth building, wealth extraction, and the tools available to help close the gap.

ESG … and T? Tenant Protections Fly Under the Impact Investing Radar

To meaningfully evaluate real estate-related companies, organizations that evaluate impact investment standards must address tenant experiences.

Why an Eldercare Facility Turned to Employer-Provided Housing

Providing temporary housing in tiny homes has helped a long-term care facility keep its doors open in the face of a growing housing crisis. 
HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan

Interview with HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan

Plucked from New York City's Department of Housing Preservation & Development, Shaun Donovan is leading the effort to make the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development into a relevant, powerful agency.

Renters Rising

How San Francisco’s housing movement turned an assault on renters into a victory

NSP: An Emphasis on Neighborhood

Neighborhoods across the United States have been devastated by the impact of foreclosures and are struggling to stay afloat. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) is intended to...

Injury to Injury

I don’t have any links to post on this, because I haven’t found it being covered anywhere, but in some conversations I’ve been having with state housing trust fund managers, an additional ripple effect...

Affordable Housing as an “Unfunded Mandate”

Sorry to keep the focus on New Jersey, folks, but if you are a long-time Rooflines reader, you’ll know that I will, once again, preface this post with: At least we’re talking about an...

Just Because His Sleeves Are Rolled Up, It Doesn’t Mean He Means Business

I’m a little late weighing on on this, but this retrial of Jon Stewart v. Tucker Carlson is not sitting well with me. Countless investors have lost life savings, IRAs, and more “skin” in any...

Strategic Default Can Make Sense, Right? Well, Not So Fast

Walking away from one’s mortgage, particularly a mortgage that is underwater, has increasingly become a viable option for homeowners who can no longer live by the terms of their mortgage contract — a contract...

New York’s Rent Laws Extended, But at What Cost?

The legislative frenzy that led up to the passage of New York State’s marriage equality bill eclipsed a deal to extend the state’s rent regulations. Some tenant advocates are lauding the deal, but is...

Sh*t NY Slumlords Say

The folks at the SurRealEstate blog (the organizing and policy department of the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board) poked some fun at slumlords using the Sh*t My ____ Says” meme:  ...

Housing Seniors, One Person at a Time

“How many people in the room consider their home a safe and affordable place to live?” I asked, and not one person raised a hand. I was...

States Undercutting Historic Mortgage Settlement

Early this year, in a settlement with 49 state attorneys general, the five largest banks in the United States—Citi, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and Ally...

4 Ways Critics of the Disparate Impact Doctrine Have Got It Wrong

On Feb. 8, 2013, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a rule clarifying the circumstances under which certain housing practices may violate the Fair Housing Act (FHA) as a result of...

Manufactured Housing Deserves a Second Look

Recent housing trends should focus advocates on a very significant problem: the declining homeownership rate.Investor-driven price increases, reduced affordable inventory, depressed incomes and larger homes have helped move homeownership...

Tenants’ Return to Rehabbed, Preserved Birthplace of Hip Hop

1520 Sedgewick Avenue in the Bronx was not your average building purchased by a speculative real estate investor in the housing crisis aftermath. It's known as the birthplace of hip...