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VA’s Work to End Veteran Homelessness Is a Nationwide Model. Can It Translate for Civilians?

The VA's program doesn’t completely meet the needs of all unhoused veterans, but it’s close. That stands in stark relief to the non-veteran population. 

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Eviction

What—and Who—Is a “Nuisance”?

Why are nuisance ordinances proliferating nationwide, and who is disproportionately affected?

Housing

Community Fears About Shelters, Section 8 Don’t Materialize

NIMBY fights are a big obstacle to allowing lower-income households access to opportunity. Truth is, voucher holders don’t increase crime in a neighborhood.

One-pager reads Do Section 8 voucher holders increase crime in a neighborhood? No! Shows two graphs illustrating the point. Image links to pdf version.
Explainers

Q: Do Section 8 Voucher Holders Increase Crime in a Neighborhood?

A: No! This is a perennial fear, but research shows that additional voucher holders don’t change the crime rate at all. However it does show that . . .

Housing

Private Money, Public Housing: Will PETRA Work?

PETRA, the Obama administration’s $350 million effort to reform public housing, first proposed in February 2010, has many in the housing field skeptical.

Housing

Memphis Murder Mystery? No, Just Mistaken Identity

A group of the nation’s leading scholars and experts on housing and urban policy respond to The Atlantic‘s “American Murder Mystery”

HUD

HUD Sec’y Resigns, Questions Linger

HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson’s departure failed to dispel concerns about his conduct in office that led to multiple ethics investigations.

Policy

Shifting Fortunes: Trends in Housing Policy and Programs

In exchange for the abandonment of meaningful levels of housing assistance—whether project- or tenant-based—we are paying a high price in homelessness and severe cost burdens.

Opinion

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 am one of 2.1 million lower […]

Housing

Appendix B: Affordable Housing: An Endangered Species

Note: This appendix is part of a series “Saving Affordable Housing,” which begins with an introduction here. The United States spends less on direct housing aid for the poor than […]

Policy

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?

Policy

One Million Families At Risk

The dangers of Mark to Market and the needs for preserving expiring subsidized housing.