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Affordable Housing

Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac May Help End Homelessness In America

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.26.2015 | 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 01.20.2015 | 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 01.06.2015 | 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 12.29.2014 | 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 12.19.2014 | 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 12.18.2014 | 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 12.18.2014 | 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 12.16.2014 | 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 12.12.2014 | 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 12.04.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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.

From Watts to Ferguson: Learning from Our Past

Andre Shashaty | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
Andre Shashaty

For the past half-century, we've made progress bridging the gaps between the races and addressing inequality. If we don't want history to repeat itself, we cannot stop now. We must tell Congress to stop cutting successful housing and urban programs. On the contrary, it must restore funding cut over the last several years.

Helping Children Avoid Homelessness

Douglas Rice | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Douglas Rice

Many American children won't have a safe, stable home this holiday season. Homelessness among families with children isn't an intractable problem; federal rental assistance -- like the Housing Choice Voucher program -- is an effective solution. But funding is seriously inadequate and has faced significant cuts.

Public Will Can Change Homelessness

Carla Javits | Posted 01.24.2015 | Impact
Carla Javits

Yet people are homeless in large numbers because we as citizens tolerate it. If we in the U.S. - you and I -- decided that homelessness was unacceptable, we would no longer have widespread homelessness.

The 'Heart Disease' Seizing San Francisco

Maura O'Neill | Posted 01.23.2015 | San Francisco
Maura O'Neill

While evictions tell only a small piece of the story, it's clear that San Francisco has contracted full-blown heart disease. San Francisco lost so much of its talent and spirit from the HIV virus back in the '80s and '90s. This time it is caused by an economic virus of success.

A Home Creates a World of Possibilities

Jonathan T.M. Reckford | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact
Jonathan T.M. Reckford

It is important that we continue to seek new opportunities to improve housing conditions because too many families know the impossible compromises that must be made to afford acceptable shelter.

Our Job Is to Enable Well-Being

Robyn Stone | Posted 01.18.2015 | Fifty
Robyn Stone

We're literally taking a page out of Gawande's book by recognizing that our real job is not just to put a roof over the heads of our older citizens.

Our Gentrified Capital

Liz Rebecca Alarcon | Posted 01.13.2015 | DC
Liz Rebecca Alarcon

Supporters of gentrification claim that the benefits outweigh the consequences. So neighborhoods become safer, cleaner and nicer. But for whom?

Sequestration's Toll: 100,000 Fewer Low-Income Families With Housing Vouchers

Douglas Rice | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Douglas Rice

It's essential that Congress provide enough funds in 2015 to renew all of the vouchers issued in 2014 and make further progress in reversing the voucher losses under sequestration. To achieve this goal, Congress should fund vouchers at least at the level that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved in June.

This Veterans Day, Let's Focus on Homeless Female Vets

Deborah De Santis | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

Experts believe the number of homeless female veterans is going up because federal veteran assistance programs do not do enough to accommodate women and children, and also there is a lack of affordable housing and child care in our country.

Moving Miami Toward Vibrancy and the Shortfalls of Amendment 1

Bobbie Ibarra | Posted 01.03.2015 | Miami
Bobbie Ibarra

As housing costs in Miami continue to outpace incomes, it is critical that we do more to address our housing needs and recognize that housing is not just a poor man's issue.

Sustainable Housing, Politics and a Basic Pride of Place

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 12.23.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

We carry with us the ability to mine pride from place, even in places that are, perhaps, least expected to shine.

10 Facts About Homelessness

Bill Quigley | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Fact 2: One quarter of homeless people are children. HUD reports that on any given night, over 138,000 of the homeless in the U.S. are children under the age of 18. Thousands of these homeless children are unaccompanied, according to HUD.

New Design Competition Aims to Change Lives in the Coachella Valley's "Other Side"

Guy Horton | Posted 12.09.2014 | Los Angeles
Guy Horton

The Coachella Valley, one of the nation's most vital agricultural and tourist economies, generating $4 billion in economic activity annually, suffers from a chronic shortage of affordable housing.

Innovation Growing Along With NYC's Population

Toni Haber | Posted 11.17.2014 | New York
Toni Haber

Compared to the rest of the Western world, New York City is young in age. However, given its long-standing infrastructure and housing, sometimes it may seem the older than the rest.