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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 . The New York State Tenants and Neighbors Coalition (NYSTNC)...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Shelter Shorts

Senate Takes Aim at Income TargetingEager to get started on summer recess, the Senate tabled discussion on the Public Housing Reform and Responsibility Act...

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...

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...

Sources for Section 8 Resource Materials

Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation1325 G, NW, Ste. 800 Washington, DC  20005 202-376-2400www.nw.orgNational Low Income Housing Coalition 1012 Fourteenth St., N.W. #1200 Washington, DC  20005 202-662-1530 www.nlihc.orgLocal Initiatives Support Corporation 733 Third Avenue New...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...