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Supreme Court Decision: Good for Homeowners, Bad for Land Banks?

A SCOTUS ruling that protects a homeowner’s equity may end up benefiting speculators and hurting land banks.

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Two-story brick apartment houses surrounded by evergreens and deciduous trees. At right are several parked cars. A woman in a pink top and gray leggings is raking leaves along the curb.
Policy

Albany’s Good-Cause Eviction Law Worked—Before the Courts Blocked It

As local tenant protections face judicial backlash across New York, tenants are pushing for a statewide version of the law.

A black and white photo of seven people protesting racial discrimination in housing on a street corner, as a 1950s-era Buick drives past. The signs read "Stop racial discrimination now!"; "I support open housing"; "Don't patronize picture floor plans"; and a hand-lettered sign says "There can be no innocent bystanders." Most of the people in the photo are people of color; two are hidden by their signs.
Fair Housing

AFFH’s Bumpy Road to Overcoming Segregation

The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule was intended to force communities to take action to address housing segregation and discrimination. How has the rule evolved throughout the years, and will a proposed new rule finally put some teeth into the legal concept?

Aerial view of the KeyBank building at night. Windows in it and nearby buildings are lighted.
Equity

NCRC Claims KeyBank Broke Promises, Failed Black Homeowners

Who is responsible for evaluating whether groups adhere to promises made in a community benefits agreement (CBA)? Is there any recourse for those who don’t get what they were promised? And what lessons can we take away from the KeyBank CBA?

Organizing

How to Build a YIMBY/Tenant Activist Bridge, a Shelterforce Webinar

Shelterforce’s investigative reporter Shelby R. King wrote two pieces about YIMBY (Yes in My Back Yard) groups in 2022, including one that focused on shared interests between YIMBY supporters and […]

Housing

This Manufactured Home Park Will Soon Be Boat Storage, But One Resident Stays to Fight

Angela Kaufman purchased what she thought would be her longtime home in a mobile home community. Less than a year after she moved, the park was sold and residents were told they had to go.

A tiny house has an inspirational saying painted on its door.
Housing

Are Tiny Homes a Piece of the Affordable Housing Puzzle?

More and more tiny homes are being built across the U.S. Where are they being developed, who they are serving, and what obstacles do they face in addressing the need for more affordable housing?

Health

Breathing in Glass: Citing Health Concerns, NY Housing Authority to Ask HUD to Close Buildings

A public housing authority in Cohoes, New York, is trying to shut down its own buildings—since it can’t shut down the factory that is making them unlivable.

Housing

Security Deposit Alternatives: The Misleading Marketing of ‘Renter’s Choice’

Dozens of cities and states are considering legislation allowing alternatives to upfront security deposits, such as “security deposit insurance.” The only problem? It’s not actually insurance.

Preserving New York’s Preservation Companies

Like many states over the past several years, New York has been implementing fiscal austerity measures to rein in expenses in the face of struggling revenues. But what will be […]