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A Low-Cost Ownership Oasis in a Desert of Apartment Unaffordability

When this limited-equity cooperative in California began more than 30 years ago, it wasn’t the most affordable place to live. But now the co-op’s monthly costs are 50 percent lower than the average market-rate apartment.

Wait: How Many Houses DO I Have?

John McCain could have dismissed his inability to recall how many houses he has as a senior moment, but that would have pointed to...

Greater Equality is a Must in Reviving the Economy

Adopting a more equitable housing policy goes beyond a moral imperative. It is critical to our economic success. Highlights from the 2011 Equity Summit.

How to Make Housing Affordable for All the Working Poor

The headlines tell the story: “Half of all renters can’t afford the rent.” “Renters, get ready to take it...

New Movements for a New Era

Three decades ago, a group of activists came together to create a social justice movement to organize poor and working-class people around the issues...

The Stimulus Package and Smart Growth

It was a busy day on Capitol Hill yesterday as the Senate, in addition to several amendments to the now-$900 billion economic stimulus package,...

Community Development Legislative News

New Bill to Establish National Affordable Housing Trust Fund  Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA) introduced S. 2997, the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Act...

Start Your Engines: The Housing Movement and the Motor Voter Law

The Motor Voter law, which associates voter registration with drivers licenses, can improve voter turnout and could have important ramifications for the housing movement.

‘Do We Need Affordable Housing’ Is the Wrong Question to Ask

How we can help elected officials promote genuine community by ensuring inclusive, mixed-income housing.

Housing Equity’s Future: Moving from Debate to Productive Dialogue

A robust debate erupted on Shelterforce in response to Miriam Axel-Lute’s article, “The Dangerous Rhetoric of Escaping to Opportunity,” with strongly worded opinions flowing from both sides of the mobility and place based debate. As practitioners who were involved in this vigorous conversation and referenced in the article, we had a series of private discussions […]

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