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“Housing Gets People’s Interest Today”: State of the Nation’s Housing Press...

Yesterday, the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard released its 2011 State of the Nation’s Housing report in an event at the Ford...

Reconnecting with America

EYES RIGHT!: Reflections on the November 8th Elections In the 1992 campaign, Bill Clinton preached: "The rich get the gold mine and middle-class gets the...

And The World Keeps Changing

Twenty-five years ago, in the midst of a growing tenant movement, I chaired a meeting at Pat Morrissy's old wood frame house in East...

Building a Strong Movement for Housing Justice

For two decades, the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) has been in the forefront of the struggle for decent housing for the poor. It...

Interview with Former HUD Secretaries Senator Mel Martinez and Mayor Henry...

At the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Summit on Sept. 15 and 16, five former HUD secretaries joined a panel discussing their time at the...

Time to Learn from Europe on Housing?

Since we recently had bloggers squaring off on the question of whether expanding homeownership really is an important policy priority in and of itself (Alan Mallach: Yes, Tony Roshan Samara: No), I thought it was interesting to throw this New Yorker article into the mix—a reminder that many of our tax subsidies ($200 billion a […]

A Policy Agenda for Manufactured Home Owners

In Minnesota, ten mobile home communities have closed in the past twenty-five years, and no new ones have opened. This uncertainty affects nearly 3 million Americans who are residents in the nation’s 50,000 manufactured housing communities. While most of these homeowners own their own homes, they rent the land, leaving them vulnerable to dramatic rent increases, arbitrary rules, and even eviction.

No One Left Behind

By 2050, possibly sooner, people of color will be a majority in our nation. There is no way we can build a strong, stable...

Hanging in the Balance

Are you part of Mitt Romney’s 47 percent? As we go to press, the furor over the leaked fundraising video in which the Republican...

“Money Must Serve, Not Rule!”

In November 2013, Morgan Stanley launched its Institute for Sustainable Investing and announced that within five years it was aiming to manage $10 billion...

Putting a Face on the Budget Cuts

“When you have a key that you can put in the door, it gives you the chance to control your destiny” says Almon Hubbard,...

Be Pragmatic and Persistent

In the midst of the recent presidential campaign, the Wall Street Journal declared, “Despite Sky-High Rents and Prices, Housing Is the Forgotten Issue in...

Homeowners Reap Profits While Fueling Housing Crisis

The widespread critique of California's SB 827 got me thinking about why nobody talks about those really profiting from land use decisions that inflate their property values: homeowners.

Building Community Support for Public/Social Housing

A few weeks ago, Jubilee Housing, an organization in Adams Morgan that runs a portfolio of seven buildings providing...

The Community Land Trust Movement Imagines Its Future

The 50th anniversary of New Communities was an opportunity for celebration and reflection—some of it critical—about the CLT movement.

Shelter Shorts

Housing Fund Gets HijackedHousing advocates should have been smiling when the U.S. House of Representatives voted on Oct. 26 to require Fannie Mae and...

Facebook Dips Its Toe Into Funding Housing

There was much speculation last year about whether and how Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg would enter the affordable housing space. We got our first peek today . . .

Building Assets to Fight Poverty

As asset-building policy continues to expand, inclusion of the poor is the greatest challenge. Homeownership, as the fundamental American Dream, should be at the center of asset-building policy and community development.

Millennial Misfire: the Millennial Housing Commission Report

It’s telling that the nation’s major news media virtually ignored the Millennial Housing Commission’s May 30 press conference and the release of its report,...

The Lack of Support is Taxing

Well, the people have spoken and given George W. Bush a second term in the White House. Housing advocates should prepare for more of...

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