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?

Almost Home

Shortly after her 18th birthday, Cindy (not her real name) left her group home in the Bronx to live with her mother. Although under New York laws she could have stayed in the foster...

Common Ground: Smart Growth and Affordable Housing

Smart growth and affordable housing advocates can work together.

Labor Goes to Bat for Housing: a Community-Labor coalition in San Jose

Organized labor and affordable housing advocates in San Jose and Silicon Valley have formed a coalition to support more low-income housing, inclusionary zoning, and tenants rights.

You Wouldn’t Fit Here

Let’s define segregation as a social harm rather than an inconvenient byproduct of individual preferences. We need alternatives for viable communities.

“No Evictions. We Won’t Move!”

"This land is too valuable to permit poor people to park on it." —Justin Herman, former executive director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, 1970 The land Herman was referring to in the quote above was...

Eyesore to Community Asset

On a hill just west of downtown Los Angeles sits the Mary Andrews Clark Memorial Home, a 1912 "Chateauesque" building that The Los Angeles Times has called "architecturally one of the most imposing structures...

A Withering Commitment

The federal government has never had a strong commitment to housing for low-income Americans. The recent history of national housing policy sheds light on today's rush to remove government from housing altogether. Over the past...

Watchful Stewards: Mutual Housing Associations and Community Land Trusts

The large, foreclosed HUD-subsidized building on Stamford's West Side had once housed over 60 families, but in 1993 stood vacant, a hulking eyesore with nesting pigeons as its only occupants. Nearby, the Mutual Housing...

The Reports are In: Homeownership Rising, Renters Suffering, Income Gaps Growing

City Life, Homeownership, and the American Dream Americans' impressions of cities are improving, according to Fannie Mae's 1997 National Housing Survey, City Life, Homeownership, and the American Dream. Where the 1991 survey found that more...

Reinventing Housing in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh mayor Tom Murphy

One Paycheck Away—A Family’s Path to Homelessness

When the Sjoblom family realized they might soon lose their home in Matawan, New Jersey, Diane Sjoblom found the National Coalition for the Homeless. Through email, letters, and telephone conversations, NCH reconstructed their journey into homelessness and ensuing efforts to find living wage employment to improve their situation.

A Million Families at Risk

The Department of Housing and Urban Development proposes to rewrite the rules affecting the affordability of housing for over 1 million low-income families. Will HUD’s controversial proposal preserve affordable housing or cause significant displacement?

One Million Families At Risk

The dangers of Mark to Market and the needs for preserving expiring subsidized housing.

Part II: The Great Production Debate

In response to an earlier piece that examines the potential of design enhancement for neighborhood revitalization, housing development consultant Bob Santucci argues for high-quality, low-cost affordable housing production.

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.
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Battle Over 13th Street: Squatter Evictions on the Lower East Side

Many of the 13th Street residents have been there for over 10 years, putting in long hours and hard work to make the buildings habitable.

Ann Arbor Tenants Union

For 27 years, the Ann Arbor Tenants Union has worked to put tenants in power and keep landlords on their toes by counseling, educating, and organizing.

Neighborhood Choice: A Way Out for Some

The same factors that created ghettos of race and poverty operated to maintain them, even when subsidy might have provided a way out.

Turf Wars

Squatters, or homesteaders, in New York City renovate abandoned buildings - and then try to prevent eviction by the city.

Holding Landlords Accountable

When landlords file for bankruptcy, can tenants get any protection or repairs?

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