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Affordable Housing

NYC Housing: A Clear and Present Danger

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 03.28.2015 | New York
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

For all emergency conditions, especially when we don't have heat and hot water in the winter, HPD should improve their response: inspectors must be dispatched in less than 24 hours and must notify landlords of the violation immediately and the requirement to make the repair within 24 hours; fine owners when the repair is not made within 24 hours.

Ryan Grim

Rahm Emanuel's Chicago Housing Authority Sitting On Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel's housing agency has been pulling hundreds of millions of dollars from a fund earmarked for its affordable housing progr...

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Mayor Bill de Blasio on Income Inequality

Tavis Smiley | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

I'm joined by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was elected in a landslide in 2013. The high cost of living has made life increasingly difficult for low-income residents of the Big Apple. To address this issue, Mayor de Blasio has set forth a sweeping anti-poverty agenda.

Affordable Housing Needs a Reset

The Alternative Banking Group of OWS | Posted 03.03.2015 | New York
The Alternative Banking Group of OWS

Unless it is radically changed, the mayor's plan will squander public assets, enrich real estate developers, but do very little for the record number of people living in the shelter system or at risk of landing there.

Senator Brooke's Legacy

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

As our nation's first popularly elected African American Senator, Senator Brooke claimed his seat at the table of government and paved the way for the election of African Americans across the country, including President Barack Obama and me.

$20,000 Homes Created By Students Could Help Fix Rural America's Affordable Housing Crisis

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.17.2015 | Impact

Students at Auburn University may be turning their home-building expertise into real-world housing market solutions. Since 1993, the university's R...

Affordable Housing Initiative Demands Action For Historic Rental Crisis We Can't Ignore

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.19.2015 | Impact

Advocates are proving why home is so much more than a place to store your belongings. Home Matters, a campaign supporting affordable housing initi...

Affinity Housing: A Model for Affordable LGBT Senior Housing

Kathleen M. Sullivan, PhD | Posted 02.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Kathleen M. Sullivan, PhD

Currently there are an estimated 2 million LGBT seniors in the United States; by 2030, that number will more than double. For those of us working to meet the needs of this growing and vulnerable population, the future is now. We must address the glaring need for housing that is inclusive, accepting and affordable for older LGBT adults.

Cities Are Coming Back, But Urban Poverty Remains an Immense Challenge

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 02.09.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

It is hard to think of a phenomenon that has done greater damage to our environment (as well as to our economy and social fabric) than the mass exodus from our older cities and towns that took place in the latter half of the 20th century.

Mayor de Blasio Turns 'Jekyll and Hyde' on City's Low-Income Families

Denise M. Miranda | Posted 02.05.2015 | New York
Denise M. Miranda

As Mayor de Blasio shared his vision for expanding New York City's affordable housing stock, many of us who have been involved in advocating for better housing conditions for the poor wondered, "affordable for whom?"

New York: Not as Unaffordable as We Think

Toni Haber | Posted 02.05.2015 | New York
Toni Haber

According to the latest Demographia International Affordability Housing survey, which ranks the affordability of cities across the globe with major markets of populations over 1 million, New York does not place in the top ten most unaffordable cities in the world.

President's Budget Proposal Addresses Housing Needs

Deborah De Santis | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

We need to join together to persuade Congress to fund programs that end homelessness, create more supportive housing, and increase the overall supply of affordable housing for all Americans.

There May Never Be a Good Brunch Place in South Central

Vanessa Carmichael | Posted 02.02.2015 | Los Angeles
Vanessa Carmichael

In the case of Los Angeles, it is scary to think that it may someday become what its politicians have designed it to be, a city for the few uber rich and the many domestic workers who maintain their homes and gardens.

Setting the Record Straight on 97 Percent LTV Mortgages -- They Work

Garrick T. Davis | Posted 01.29.2015 | Business
Garrick T. Davis

Mortgage guarantor giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac both recently announced their intent to once again begin purchasing mortgage loans at 97 percent loan-to-value (LTV) in the case of first-time homebuyers.

Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac May Help End Homelessness In America

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact

Two organizations synonymous with the 2008 financial crisis could play vital roles in helping America's most vulnerable residents get off the streets....

MLK's Birthday: Hitting Us Where We Live

Andre Shashaty | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Andre Shashaty

On the anniversary of King's birth, I can't help but think how disappointed he would be if he were alive to see how hard it is to build affordable housing in affluent, mostly white communities, thereby precluding many blacks from living in places with good schools and job opportunities.

Long Island Needs a Broader Mix of Housing

Nancy Rauch Douzinas | Posted 03.08.2015 | New York
Nancy Rauch Douzinas

Long Island is world-renowned for its single-family suburban lifestyle, yet it needs a broader mix of housing. A recent public opinion survey shows that a majority of Long Islanders agree, and that's good news.

The Mayor's Freshman Year Report Card

Tom Allon | Posted 02.28.2015 | New York
Tom Allon

Like many freshmen, Mayor Bill de Blasio had some moments of glory and some rookie stumbles in his first year in office. Now, as we head into the holiday season of good cheer (and school break) here is a brief report card of how the mayor performed in some of the difficult subjects.

Beyond Holiday Giving: Three Things You Can Do to End Hunger in The U.S.

Megan Kashner, LSCW, MBA | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Megan Kashner, LSCW, MBA

We should not abruptly stop supporting food causes, but we have to consider what else we're implicitly supporting by making food happen in this roundabout (separate but not equal) way.

Funding for National Housing Trust Fund a Reality

Deborah De Santis | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

The Trust Fund is not the panacea. It will go a very long way, providing funds for bricks and mortar, creating more affordable housing for thousands of Americans, but the operational and service side so vital to affordable housing will continue to rely on other federal programs.

Upgrading Black Children From the Projects to Homelessness?

Joy Moses | Posted 02.16.2015 | Black Voices
Joy Moses

Creating housing policy that doesn't traumatize small children should be a low bar to meet, but somehow it has been a struggle.

New Help for Low-Income Renters: Housing Trust Fund Gets Funding

Andre Shashaty | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics
Andre Shashaty

Low-income Americans in search of rental housing they can afford got an early Christmas present Dec. 11 when it was announced that the National Housin...

Making New York City An Affordable Place To Call Home

Melissa Mark-Viverito | Posted 02.11.2015 | New York
Melissa Mark-Viverito

We must ensure that this city remains affordable for the individuals who make our neighborhoods culturally vibrant and economically diverse.

Homelessness Is Down, But More Families are on the Brink

Terri Ludwig | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

For too long we've ignored America's housing insecurity crisis, in part because it happens behind closed doors, hidden from the public eye. We can no longer afford to do so.

The Wall

Steven Crandell | Posted 02.02.2015 | Business
Steven Crandell

Sunrise is the most beautiful part of the day. First light. Don't matter if there are colors like a picture postcard or it's gray as water in a greasy sink. The darkness still fades. The light begins. Makes you feel alive like nothing else.