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Jul/Aug 1997

Issue #94

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Mike McKee on Winning the Rent Control Battle

In June, New York State legislators passed legislation extending the state’s rent protection laws [see full article]. The New York State Tenants and Neighbors Coalition (NYSTNC) played a key role in […]

Organizing

I’m a Tenant and I Vote!

New York’s Republican legislators learned a lesson in June: Hell hath no fury like a New York City tenant scorned. Just when it seemed that rent regulations, which have protected […]

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Rent Control Post Mortem

Immediately after a 1994 statewide referendum ended rent control in Massachusetts, a tenants’ organization known as Eviction Free Zone (“EFZ”), sponsored in part by Cambridge’s anti-poverty agency, began a campaign […]

Housing

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 […]

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Up for Grabs: Congress to Decide on Section 8 Expirations

Over the past few months, considerable attention of housing advocates, policymakers and, yes, even the media, has been focused on the enormous budget problem facing HUD in Fiscal Year 1998, […]

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CDCs and Section 8:

Although the exact changes in project-based Section 8 programs haven’t yet been determined, change is coming, and it will not only affect present owners and managers of this housing, but […]

Housing

A Historic Opportunity

As a resident of Lake June Village Apartments, a 221(d)3 property in Dallas, Texas, and representative of NAHT member organizations in Region VI, I am one of 2.1 million lower […]

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Portfolio Reengineering: The Nonprofit Role

Over 500,000 units of HUD multifamily assisted housing have rents that are “out of whack” – that is, higher than market rent, according to HUD’s estimates. While many owners may […]

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The Other Section 8 Program

Addressing the housing needs of very low-income people requires many tools. One tool worth better understanding is the voucher and certificate program. The program serves more than 1.4 million households, […]

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Investing in Human Capital

Q: In a country as affluent as the United States, why does a woman disabled by schizophrenia have to live in an alley? A: Because there are so few housing […]

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The Community Stake in Section 8 Restructuring

Low-income communities have much at stake in the restructuring of the FHA-insured Section 8 multifamily housing portfolio. The first policy imperative of the restructuring should be to do no harm. […]

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Section 8 Reform Offers Opportunity for Nonprofits

Over the next decade, subsidies on nearly 900,000 units of Section 8-supported, FHA-insured housing in 8,500 projects will expire. These properties with rents above Fair Market Rents are candidates for […]

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What Happened to Our Commitment to Affordable Housing?

The purpose of government is to perform critical functions that the private sector is not performing. When minimum wage workers – much less the millions of elderly, disabled, and families […]

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Effects of Possible Changes to Section 8

We as a nation need to assure that affordable housing is available to the very poor, to those on welfare who are soon to enter the workforce, and to those […]

Shelter Shorts

LIHPRHA

For three years, the President, HUD, and the House of Representatives have taken steps to defund the Low Income Housing Preservation and Resident Homeownership Act (also known as Title VI […]

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National Alliance of HUD Tenants:

In Mid-June, Mary Yeaton, a tenant activist from Boston, testified before the Senate on the Multifamily Assisted Housing Reform Bill (S. 513). Yeaton lives at the Charlesbank Apartments in Boston, […]

Victories For Tenants

As you read this, Congress will have returned from its summer recess. With the budget behind them, they should be ready to tackle, among other unresolved legislation, the bills that […]

Shelter Shorts

Shelter Shorts

Senate Takes Aim at Income Targeting Eager to get started on summer recess, the Senate tabled discussion on the Public Housing Reform and Responsibility Act of 1997 (S.462) until September. […]

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Schmoozing 102: How to Meet Foundation Officers

In Schmoozing 101, in the last issue of Shelterforce, we discussed the value of developing strong, healthy relationships with grantmakers. Before turning to specific ways to meet foundation officers, here […]