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The Rural/Red Take on Reality

Since few writers have mused so far on this blog about the results of last week's elections, I may as...

Update: Going Upstream on Underwater Mortgages

In our Winter 2011 issue on capital markets and neighborhood stabilization we reported on some programs to buy mortgages and...

Public Housing: Building Communities vs. Providing a Place to Live

Successful housing isn't merely a function of its form—design is not destiny—it's also a function the economic and social mix present within the communities.

The Dangers of Being an “Armchair” Anything

The East Side Commercial Historic District is an enclave of historic structures representing a fascinating cross-section of Milwaukee’s eastern commercial development...

Is Demo a Good Use of AG Settlement Funds?

While the $25 billion national mortgage settlement is widely viewed as a “first step” toward fixing a larger system...

Defining “Rural” for USDA’s Housing Programs

This part is simple: a property must be in a rural place to be eligible for USDA rural housing...

Housing the Political Agenda

It's official, at least it is to you. In order to get housing on the agenda this election cycle,...

FHFA: Get in the Business of Restoring Home Opportunity

It is disheartening to watch the enormous diversion of attention and energy focused on persuading the Federal Housing Finance Agency...

No More Excuses: Principal Reduction Will Give Relief to American Homeowners

One by one, the excuses have fallen. Yet Edward DeMarco, acting head of FHFA, the agency that runs Fannie...

Don’t Evaluate Community Development on Poverty Rates

Right now, in community development and in the nonprofit/charitable/public service sector more broadly, there is a push to incorporate...

Can Better Messaging Overcome NIMBY?

The affordable housing industry is increasingly focused on clear and effective messaging as the means of convincing skeptical bystanders to...

Can D.C.’s Bridge Park Work for Everyone?

There is a decrepit old bridge extending from 11th Street in southeast Washington, D.C. and across the Anacostia River...

Believing in Homeownership: How It Affects the Desire to Buy

Last week I wrote about the first part of my recent research into beliefs about the benefits homeownership: messages conveyed...

The Ripple Effects of Having a Stable Home

“Homeownership increases a chance that a child will stay in school by up to 9 percent for low-income families,”...

Community Development of Tomorrow

Community development is when people join together to improve conditions and create change at the community level. It can...

Rich Train Station Neighborhoods Need More Apartments

New Jersey’s extensive public transportation system is a source of envy for most other states, many of whose larger...

Serving the Community, In Their Language

   From hiring priorities to translation headsets to making special requests of the phone company—the exciting and important work of...

Making Sense of the New Economy: Rethinking Community Economic Development

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New Data on True Cost of Voucher Administration

HUD is trying to get better data on the true cost of administering the Housing Choice Voucher program, but...

Accounting for Our Sometimes “Hidden” Homeless Veterans

Ensuring that veterans have access to safe, secure housing is critical, and President Obama and the U.S. Department of...