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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.

The Audacity of Stealing Hope

Randy Miller | Posted 10.13.2015 | Black Voices
Randy Miller

State sponsored lotteries say a few things to the poor. First they tell the poor that your money is good enough but not you. They also tell the poor that the only thing guaranteed in your life is your ability to dream, not your ability to succeed.

Not One Child. Not One Night.

Ellen L. Bassuk | Posted 10.08.2015 | Impact
Ellen L. Bassuk

How can it be in a country as affluent as the United States that 2.5 million children are homeless each year? Although the numbers are climbing, family homelessness is absent from our nation's agenda.

Advocates Demand an End to Sequestration in a Rally Outside the Capitol

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 10.07.2015 | DC
Malik Siraj Akbar

Advocates from across the nation seeking more funding for affordable housing, education, healthcare and many critical nondefense sectors staged a rally outside the Capitol Hill on Wednesday urging Congress to end budget cuts.

A Tale of Two Milwaukee Avenues

Joe Moreno | Posted 10.01.2015 | Chicago
Joe Moreno

For me, affordability has always been and it continues to be at the top of the priority list. Having grown up in a family with little means, I am especially sensitive to the profound impacts that affordable housing opportunities provide.

Let's Work Toward a Home for Every Veteran

Chris Gardner | Posted 09.28.2015 | Impact
Chris Gardner

Veterans who are homeless may not have a home, but that doesn't mean they don't have diverse skills that could be put to use to meet the needs of an expanding job market. Now is the time for the nation's employers to take a fresh look at hiring homeless veterans for job openings.

HUD 202 Cannot Be Zeroed Out

Deborah De Santis | Posted 09.24.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

This program is more vital than ever as the need for affordable housing for seniors is growing exponentially. Yet, inexplicably, our leaders in Washington are de-prioritizing efforts to protect seniors by denying essential funding to HUD 202.

Reentry Supportive Housing Gaining Traction

Deborah De Santis | Posted 09.18.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

All levels of government should adopt requirements making it clear housing that benefits from government funding cannot be denied to those with a criminal justice history unless there is a legitimate public safety reason for doing so.

Hurricane Evacuations Will Remain Tough for Many Black New Orleanians

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.07.2015 | Business
Susan Buchanan

Bullard said it won't be easy for many African Americans to leave or return in the next big storm, whether it's under their own steam or the city's auspices.

Tackling the Taboo: Low Income Housing in the U.S.

Jimmy Ramirez | Posted 08.25.2015 | Impact
Jimmy Ramirez

If our city governments insist on privatizing the development of affordable housing, which the District has done for the past 30 years, then it is the responsibility of that same government to step in when market forces come up short.

Caps Hurt!

Deborah De Santis | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

CSH has been working with our partners nationally and in the field to reverse budget caps and cuts imposed by our federal leaders through a process called sequestration (forced confiscation of funds).

A Home for Everyone

Suzanne Skees | Posted 08.07.2015 | World
Suzanne Skees

If I could have one wish come true, I would give every family on the planet a clean, pretty little house in which to live. Each clean, pretty little home Working Capital for Community Needs (WCCN) helps to build moves us closer to a world like that.

Housing Equity Is Not a "War on Suburbia"

Andre Shashaty | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Andre Shashaty

Once again, the Obama Administration is being accused of declaring a "war" on suburbia. Nothing could be more absurd and self-serving, or just plain sad. The latest cause for panic is a new rule from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that says every community that gets HUD money must have a plan to make equal access to housing a reality -- as opposed to a rarely enforced legal principle.

Winning -- An Interview With Arthur Winn

Stacey Alcorn | Posted 08.06.2015 | Business
Stacey Alcorn

What kind of tenacity, drive, and ambition must it take to move from nothing at the start of Arthur Winn's career in the early 1970s to snowballing a massive real estate empire over four decades boasting owned and managed assets worth $5 billion? You are about to find out.

Kindness Matters: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Imagine being a child in foster care, shuffled from home to home with your belongings in a trash bag. Or an elderly woman living alone with little to eat and no family to help you. This week at The Pollination Project our grantees have found ways to bring small kindnesses into the lives of others.