Tag: affordable housing

Dedicated from the beginning to everyone working to empower and support low-income communities, Shelterforce provides a venue for conversations that need to be had—on topics such as housing affordability, homeownership, and lots more.

American Nightmare

Homeowners under threat of foreclosure suffer a level of trauma that's largely invisible to most Americans, while professionals working to keep people in their homes are often overwhelmed by the complexity of the crisis.

A Little Too Blunt?

Alphonso Jackson, HUD’s tough-talking chief, might have spoken a little too bluntly in Dallas in April. Speaking before a gathering of business leaders, Jackson...

GSE Not Doing Enough?

A Texas nonprofit says Fannie Mae doesn’t serve enough people who are low-income and of color in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. After four years...

Former Prisoners Get A Break

Boston took a big step this spring to help reintegrate ex-felons into their communities, by easing background checks on potential city employees. The city...

OTS Strikes Again

Last year the federal Office of Thrift Supervision weakened the responsibilities of many mid-sized banks under the Community Reinvestment Act by redefining them as...

Saving Mark-to-Market

Housing advocates are calling on HUD to support renewing the Mark-to-Market program, one of the more successful efforts to address the expiration of Section...

All Out for Affordability

Irvine, a city of 180,000 in conservative Orange County, California, plans to make 10 percent of its housing stock permanently affordable. The city set...

Victory in Lead Poison Fight

Anti-lead advocates scored a big win in court in February when a jury ruled that three paint companies sold products they knew contained toxic...

Still Riding Route 61

A labor/community partnership stops a fare hike and gives workers a boost

Raising Voices

In 1990, Atlanta’s per capita income was below that of its metro area. But in 2004, after years of encouraging professionals to move to...

NYC Tenants Don’t Want Tourists

Tenants in New York City are getting fed up as growing numbers of tourists camp out in their buildings. Landlords have taken to evicting...

Meanest Cities

Sarasota, Florida, tops a list of the meanest cities in America compiled by the National Coalition for the Homeless and National Law Center on...

More Budget Follies

President Bush issued another round of proposed cuts to housing and social service programs in February as he sent his latest budget to Congress....

Settlement Not Enough?

In the second largest settlement ever involving an alleged predatory lender, Ameriquest agreed to a $325 million settlement in January after a two-year investigation...

Bronx By Design: Why Beauty Matters

Great public buildings were once the centerpieces of their communities: they inspired, conferred a sense of dignity on the neighborhood and sent a message...

Common Ground: Smart Growth and Affordable Housing

Smart growth and affordable housing advocates can work together.

Andrew Cuomo

Perhaps the most well-known secretary since HUD's inception, Secretary Cuomo has made much of his efforts to rebuild HUD and restore Congressional and public faith in the department. A year into Cuomo's term, Congress and the media are slowly beginning to show signs of acknowledging that housing and urban development issues are worth at least a small degree of attention.

A Million Families at Risk

The Department of Housing and Urban Development proposes to rewrite the rules affecting the affordability of housing for over 1 million low-income families. Will HUD’s controversial proposal preserve affordable housing or cause significant displacement?

Part II: The Great Production Debate

In response to an earlier piece that examines the potential of design enhancement for neighborhood revitalization, housing development consultant Bob Santucci argues for high-quality, low-cost affordable housing production.

Turf Wars

Squatters, or homesteaders, in New York City renovate abandoned buildings - and then try to prevent eviction by the city.

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