Tag: housing policy
Eminent and Notorious: Radical Urban Planner Chester Hartman (1936-2023)
An appreciation of the life and work of Chester Hartman, a radical planner in the service of a vision of social justice.
Why Bangor’s Affordable Housing Policies Won’t Address Homelessness
After the population of unhoused people in Bangor increased during the pandemic, the city put forward a series of affordable housing solutions. But the new policies may harm unhoused residents rather than help them.
AFFH: Third Time’s the Charm?
What’s the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing provision? How has it been enforced in the past? And what do fair housing advocates think of the proposed changes? Shelterforce’s new Under the Lens series—New AFFH Rules: What You Need to Know—explores that and more.
What Is NIMBYism and How Do Affordable Housing Developers Respond to...
NIMBYism is often expressed as concerns about crime, congestion, schools, property values, and “quality of life.” But when developments are built these fears rarely come to pass.
On Housing, Democrats Sure Look Like Republicans
At one time, the Democratic Party stood for policies that successfully addressed the country’s chronic housing crisis. What changed, and why?
Moving from the Inequitable Housing System We Have to the Housing...
Three big, but basic, things that we could do right now to get us much closer to equity in housing.
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.
Housing Policy Needs Abolition Too
Abolition—as a mode of mobilization and social change directed at the criminal legal system and elsewhere—remains widely misunderstood.
Community Development Is Crucial in This Moment
One month ago, when I began the first draft of this article, the world was drastically different. Well before we became part of this...
Tiny Houses — Not a Big Enough Solution
Tiny houses are a step up from shelter beds, but are they also a distraction from real, obvious solutions to our homelessness epidemic?
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?
Facing Down Segregation—Half-heartedly or With Steely Determination?
A new book explores the history, impact, and policy solutions to racial segregation.
Joining Loans and Policy Grants to Get More Affordable Housing in...
A pair of funds backed by philanthropic heavy hitters tries to take advantage of a moment when all eyes are on housing.
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.
Five Ways to Strengthen Local Housing Strategies
Local policies play a role in addressing the growing problem of high housing costs. This guide can help simplify the complex landscape of housing policy.
A Year Later, Can the Grenfell Tower Fire Be a Catalyst...
Glyn Robbins talks about what led him to view U.K. and U.S. housing policy as intertwined, how public protest stifled the Conservative Party’s 2016 Housing Act, and what’s changed in the wake of Grenfell Tower fire.
Housing on the Political Agenda in U.S. Elections
No longer an issue that’s hard to rally people around, affordable housing—especially inclusionary housing—is getting talked about in local elections across the country.
Housing Need Is Even More Skewed by Income Than We Thought
Measuring only for cost burden overstates the housing needs of higher-income people and understates the extreme need at the lower end.
Putting a Face on the Budget Cuts
“When you have a key that you can put in the door, it gives you the chance to control your destiny” says Almon Hubbard,...