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Affordable Housing

Lifting the Burdens From Struggling Families

Deborah De Santis | Posted 02.08.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

When families confronting a host of challenges such as mental illness, severe medical conditions or substance use find themselves without a decent home, child welfare agencies often feel they have no choice but to place the children in foster care.

Fighting Mayor de Blasio's 'Luxury Housing' Plan

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 02.05.2016 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

Earlier this month New York city council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito co-hosted her final community meeting for residents of Spanish Harlem concerned about the city's housing plans.

Stopping Gentrification Is Half the Battle

Timothy Murphy | Posted 02.04.2016 | Religion
Timothy Murphy

The fight for livable cities for all people, and not just the well-off, is underway with living wage proposals passing around the country, but it is only half the battle.

The Housing Crisis Sucks

ReeRee Rockette | Posted 01.25.2016 | Money
ReeRee Rockette

I am significantly more privileged than my folks were; I went to university and got a good job. However, the economic changes mean that I cannot afford my own home.

The Grim Reason Why Less People In San Francisco Struggle With Rent

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.21.2016 | Business

As residents are priced out of big cities like New York and San Francisco, unaffordable rents are quickly rising in some smaller urban areas. A repo...

Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. By Helping Your Community

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 01.18.2016 | Black Voices
Toni G. Atkins

As always, and befitting the memory of Dr. King, many events will again center around service. I will once again be joining the Human Rights Campaign as they collect and assemble donations to help LGBT homeless youth. HRC will use the donations to create life-sustaining care packages for distribution to young people in distress.

Cuomo Bolsters Supportive Housing

Deborah De Santis | Posted 01.14.2016 | New York
Deborah De Santis

Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio are two national leaders who get it. They are throwing down the gauntlet and saying very passionately that it's time to really help people. No more band-aids, no more excuses.

The Only Way Millennials Can Afford To Live In Big Cities

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.12.2016 | Business

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Urban Agriculture for One New York

Nevin Cohen | Posted 01.05.2016 | New York
Nevin Cohen

On December 12, 2014, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) issued a request for qualifications that offered-up more than 180 v...

It All Comes Down to Affordable Housing

Deborah De Santis | Posted 12.18.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

We need elected officials to wake up to the affordable housing crisis and the importance of ensuring that people have housing with access to quality schools and quality healthcare, jobs and transportation.

Cheap Rent Or A Good Neighborhood: Sorry, You Probably Can't Have Both

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 12.18.2015 | Business

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Renters Are Mostly Screwed. Here’s A City That’s Actually Affordable.

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 12.22.2015 | Business

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Expanding Legal Assistance Could Keep Low-Income Renters From Losing Homes: Study

Reuters | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact

NEW YORK, Dec 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Terry, a single mother, is one of thousands of people in the poverty-plagued U.S. city of Baltimore s...

Graceland or Bust!

Jeffrey Braverman | Posted 11.30.2015 | Impact
Jeffrey Braverman

Growing up in the Bay Area, I've noticed fewer seniors in San Francisco. Not long ago, an older generation elegantly graced the shops and streets of t...

Ending Homelessness in LA: Looking at the Progress

Deborah De Santis | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Ending homelessness is not about waving a magic wand so no one becomes homeless ever again; rather, it's working hard to make sure the processes and systems are in place so that when a person or family enters homelessness, their housing needs are quickly and appropriately identified, met and sustained.

D.C.'s Rent Is Too Damn High

Elissa Silverman | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Elissa Silverman

The District of Columbia is a wonderful place to live -- if you can afford it. The high cost of housing makes ending homelessness in our city more of a challenge. No District resident who works, or who has spent a life working, should be in poverty and homeless.

NYC Is Completely Unaffordable, But New Yorkers Are In Denial

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact

Here’s more evidence that New York City is unaffordable for most people -- but that they'll probably keep living there anyway. Just over half o...

Big Day as Big Apple Addresses Homelessness

Deborah De Santis | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

The Mayor's plan for more supportive housing in New York is nothing short of seismic for local organizations and providers working in difficult circumstances, seeing and meeting homeless people every day, taking risks and pursuing all avenues to address the needs of individuals who have been through hell and back.

The 'Mink Building' and Discrimination in Historic Preservation: Michael Henry Adams' Urgent Effort to Save Harlem

Todd Fine | Posted 11.11.2015 | New York
Todd Fine

Because of connections I see between the struggle to protect "Little Syria" in Downtown Manhattan and Adams' courageous efforts for preservation in Harlem, I have long wanted to interview him.

Airbnb Spends $8 Million Lobbying Against San Francisco Ballot Initiative

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 11.01.2015 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Airbnb has spent more than $8 million and hired a top political operative to defeat a San Francisco initiative on the ballot...

No Room for Life: One Student's Journey from Eviction to Graduate School

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 10.29.2015 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

There is no room for life when it comes to housing policies. We're above a certain line of income, so we don't qualify for help. We pay rent well over the rent we used to pay before being evicted, but in order to prove that we can have a home again we would have to pay almost triple the amount.

Texas: Neutering Democracy

David Morris | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
David Morris

In Texas liberty trumps democracy. The Texas Supreme Court itself says so. This year the legislature de-listed student IDs but added a new form of ID that would gladly be accepted: a handgun license.

If Affordable Housing Were Treated Like Food Food Stamps

The Atlantic | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.20.2015 | Impact

Two of the most fundamental human needs are food and housing. As a result, there are government programs to help people who might not be able to affo...

L.A. Can Be the Future of Cities

Joel Epstein | Posted 10.19.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Future of Cities is a civic initiative that aims to reinvigorate the involvement of civic leaders in creating a vibrant, cutting edge future for Los Angeles. Given our size and enduring economic inequality, we are indeed a city that needs to better marry vision, leadership and results to fulfill L.A.'s ambitions and achieve our potential.

On Veterans Day, 11/11 @ 7, Let's Rally to House America's Homeless Veterans

Ken Leslie | Posted 10.14.2015 | Impact
Ken Leslie

In the 1980s, an addiction to drugs and alcohol consumed my cash and I found myself homeless and living in my car. I became one of thousands of Americans without a safe place to call home.