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As the Arctic Icebergs Melt, So Does Political Opposition to Housing
The times they are a changin’, at least when it comes to San Francisco and Berkeley housing. What accounts for the pro-housing movement’s growing strength? Three factors, one of which may involve the president.
It’s Time to Build New, Mixed-Income Public Housing
An interview with Ryan Cooper, co-author of the report (with Peter Gowan), Social Housing in the United States, about current approaches to government intervention in the rental market, the politics of home ownership, why public housing needs to be mixed-income, and envisioning a society that provides adequate, affordable housing to all of its citizens.
Defeating NIMBY With Incentive Housing Zones
Speed-dating for affordable housing? Why not? The Partnership for Strong Communities and its HOMEConnecticut program are playing matchmaker on Monday, May 12, between experienced affordable housing...
More Housing Could Increase Affordability—But Only If You Build It in...
Building more units has been touted as the solution to the housing crisis, but the location of those units may be just as important as the number.
Say It Ain’t So, Joe: Biden’s Ill-Advised Plan to Eliminate Exclusionary...
A counterintuitive argument contends that from a housing justice perspective, the Biden administration's attack on exclusionary zoning is imprudent.
How California’s “Sleeping Giant” Woke Up and Won Statewide Rent Caps
California's momentous statewide win for statewide rent caps is owed to organizers and the power of organizing. Now that the giant is awake, what's next?
Here’s What We Actually Know About Market-Rate Housing Development and Displacement
For-profit housing cannot meet most renters’ needs, and that’s by design. So when you talk about market-rate construction and displacement, use the following literature review as reference.
The Struggle for Housing in Los Angeles: A Review of City...
Andrea Gibbons’ City of Segregation shows why empowering capitalist processes and actors is the last thing we should do to fight gentrification.
What We Don’t Know About Development and Displacement
The data on the relationship between new development, affordability, and displacement is not nearly as clear-cut as advocates (of all persuasions) often imply.
We Need State Law that Allows Multifamily Housing
The New Jersey Legislature should seriously consider adopting a statewide law that defines “single family” zoning as permitting one or two units on one lot.
When Affordable Housing Meets Free-Market Fantasy
Because affordable housing doesn’t yield acceptable profits to real estate investors, the only way a substantial amount of it is going to get built is if it’s publicly funded.
Trickle Up Housing: Filtering Does Go Both Ways
Here's something we don't talk about enough: developing affordable housing in a tight, high-cost market also increases overall affordability through filtering! Just in the other direction—it trickles up.
We Are All NIMBYs…Sometimes
If we built enough housing, we would still need subsidized housing for many people, but market prices would be low enough that most people could afford them. But we’ve chosen not to. And the reason we give for that choice, more than any other, is that we are trying to preserve or improve the character of our communities.
Why Aren’t We Building Middle Income Housing?
In a previous Shelterforce blog post, I argued that we cannot give up hope that the market will build middle-income housing. Granted, over the past...
Housing Doesn’t Filter, Neighborhoods Do
There has been a renewed interest in the role that the real estate market can play in solving our...
Millennials and the Affordability Crisis: A Review of Generation Priced Out
As tenant struggles become a bigger focus of activist recruitment, Randy Shaw’s new book, Generation Priced Out, is an essential organizing guide.
Why We Must Build
We can’t build our way out of the housing crisis . . . but we won’t get out without building.
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