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Winning Tenant Protections Isn’t Enough

When tenant protections are popular, opponents know better than to try to repeal them. But they can damage them just the same.

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TOPA Needs Capital to Succeed

TOPA helps prevent displacement and build tenant power in D.C. Affordable capital is critical to its success.

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Nonprofit Housing Developers Deserve Better LIHTC Terms

When it comes to LIHTC deals, nonprofit developers don’t get the same advantages big, for-profit developers do. A new fund is setting out to change that.

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Community Development: Between a Rock and a Hard Place?

One of the major questions for the affordable housing world in the next couple of years will be how well its various segments come together.

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Podcast: The Future of Housing Journalism

Shelterforce’s Miriam Axel-Lute and Shelby King were featured on the Housing After Dark podcast.

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Want Leaders in Community Development? Develop a New Hiring Strategy

It’s easy to stick to the tried-and-true pipeline when hiring for community development roles. But forming connections with people from different industries and generations can make our teams stronger.

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Ownership Matters: Institutional Investors and Corporate Ownership

Who owns our homes is an absolutely essential part of housing policy, and an even greater part of housing politics.

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Why Don’t California’s Nonprofit Housers Embrace Social Housing?

Attachment to tax credits, which can’t provide as much housing as we need, is keeping the much-needed expertise of nonprofit developers out of conversations about alternatives.

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In the Rush to Build, Existing Affordable Housing Is Falling Apart

With attention—and funding—focused on new housing supply over preservation and operations, even mission-driven nonprofit affordable housing managers are struggling to maintain decent conditions in older affordable housing.

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Criminalizing Homelessness: Supreme Court Case Gives Us a Chance to Change the Narrative

The Grants Pass decision will shape the way cities address homelessness in ways that may challenge housing advocates, but it also represents the best opportunity we’ve had in decades to change the narrative on homelessness and build stronger public will for housing.

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A (Much) Older Example of Social Housing Than Vienna

History often feels like a depressing account of the worst things people can do to each other. But a recent book contains reminders that nothing is inevitable, and sometimes people have done better than we’re doing now—even in terms of housing and social equity.

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Targeting First-Generation Homebuyers Is a Great Way to Direct Downpayment Assistance—And It Could Be Better

The proposed program could shrink the racial homeownership gap while serving a wide cross-section of people. But it only addresses some of the results of past discrimination.

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Legitimate Debate or Short-Sighted Complaints? 5 Reasons Affordable Housing Is Expensive to Build

There’s no denying that affordable housing can be expensive to build. But we need to look at the long-term benefits of those investments to see the bigger picture.