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Affordable Housing

How Sky-High Rents Are Radically Changing New York Neighborhoods

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 05.12.2016 | Business

Gentrification has swept through two-thirds of New York City’s formerly low-income neighborhoods in the last decade and a half, according to a repor...

Unprecedented Political Commitment to Ending Homelessness: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Patty Mullahy Fugere | Posted 05.11.2016 | DC
Patty Mullahy Fugere

We're heading into the final stretch of setting our collective budget priorities for 2017. The DC Council's first full vote on the budget is next Tues...

The Pragmatic Impacts of Sanders' Big Dreams

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

The race for the Democratic presidential nomination has pitted a dreamer against a realist, right? Bernie Sanders is the unrealistic one, and Hillary Clinton, the pragmatist, is the candidate who can get things done.

We've Fixed Fannie and Freddie; It's Time to Release Them

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

Since the 2008 financial crisis, the twin housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been in a conservatorship. Yet, the status quo in Washington seems to be dug into keeping them hamstrung in permanent confusion.

Wrong Road to a Cure

Gregory Floyd | Posted 04.29.2016 | New York
Gregory Floyd

Although a plan for privatization and other questionable cost-cutting remedies are not as clearly outlined as in NextGen NYCHA, once again we must be concerned that a new generation of problems will not be addressed by the prescribed road to a cure.

Why are presidential candidates ignoring the housing crisis?

Fred Schebesta | Posted 04.27.2016 | Politics
Fred Schebesta

In light of the upcoming Presidential election, of course gaining a competitive edge is one of the most difficult aspects for the campaigners. But eve...

Out of Homelessness, a Mom Turns Advocate

Center for Community Change Action | Posted 04.27.2016 | Parents
Center for Community Change Action

This piece was originally published in Rooflines. By Fredrick McKissack, Jr. Jenean F. and her husband worked hard to achieve the increasingly elusi...

What Is Fair Housing If You Have No Housing?

Maria Foscarinis | Posted 04.25.2016 | Impact
Maria Foscarinis

In April 1968, the Fair Housing Act was signed into law as riots and fires burned around the country following the assassination of Martin Luther King...

Why Rapid Rehousing May Be Increasing Family Homelessness

Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD | Posted 04.12.2016 | Impact
Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD

Tents cities are proliferating in Seattle and Los Angeles. Shelters are overflowing in Madison, Wisconsin, and Asheville, North Carolina. The mayo...

There's No Golden Rule For How Much You Should Spend On Rent

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 04.08.2016 | Business

The conventional wisdom on how much of your income you should spend on housing has gone unchallenged for nearly half a century. In 1969, then-Sen. Edw...

Fewer People Homeless - But More at Risk

Nan Roman | Posted 04.08.2016 | Impact
Nan Roman

The Great Recession is over, the economy is recovering, and yet the number of people who are at risk of homelessness remains significantly higher than it was before that recession began.

If We're Serious About Tackling Poverty, Let's Talk About Housing

Terri Ludwig | Posted 04.05.2016 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

The rising cost of housing in U.S. cities like San Francisco and New York is a well-known problem. Flying under the radar: an affordable housing crisis is growing in every state in the union.

Safe Housing Is More Than Just a There There

Margaret A. Hacskaylo | Posted 04.05.2016 | Women
Margaret A. Hacskaylo

This month I have been closely following NPR's Pam Fessler's special report on eviction. As each segment airs, we hear one woman after another share h...

The Cities Where A Six-Figure Income Is Barely Enough To Get By

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 04.01.2016 | Business

The Bay Area housing crisis is so severe that a six-figure income might not be enough to find a place you can afford to live. The tech boom has broug...

Racist in Seattle: What the Country Can Learn From the Region's Shifts

Rebecca Saldaña | Posted 03.30.2016 | Impact
Rebecca Saldaña

What can the rest of the country learn from this region's move to shift its racist legacy? Cities all over the country are facing challenges of homelessness and housing affordability at the same time they are wrestling with what compliance with HUD's affirmatively furthering fair housing means. The case of Seattle illustrates what is at stake.

New Study Finds Lack of Housing for 7.2 Million Lowest Income Renters

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 03.25.2016 | DC
Malik Siraj Akbar

NLIHC enthusiastically supports this bold new bill because it tackles the unacceptably high levels of homelessness in this country and will increase the supply of affordable housing for the country's lowest income households.

The Surprise New Boom Market for Residential Solar

GreenBiz Group | Posted 03.23.2016 | Business
GreenBiz Group

A surge in solar adoption -- as well as a shift in where that adoption is taking place -- is driven by economics that make solar the money saving option for electricity rate payers and by policies that offer flexible ways for people to benefit from solar.

Meet the New Green Face of Affordable Housing

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 03.25.2016 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

When you think of "affordable housing," what's the image that comes to mind? For lots of people, including many of those most in need of it, the picture is not a pretty one: it's a scene of dreary, deteriorating high-rises or shabby, poorly constructed "garden" apartments with no garden in sight.

New York City Just Took A Huge Step To Tackle Obscenely High Rents

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 03.22.2016 | Impact

Two significant components of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s (D) affordable housing plan won the approval of City Council Tuesday after months...

Presidential Candidates Need To Talk About The New Housing Crisis

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics

In the fall, seven presidential candidates showed up at a New Hampshire housing summit to hear about the affordable housing crisis affecting millions ...

Data and Scalability

Deborah De Santis | Posted 03.18.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

If you ask me why CSH chose to pursue the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) housing-health initiative and also SIF Pay for Success - the answer is DATA and...

The Affordable Housing Shortage Lets Millions Fall Through The Cracks

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 03.05.2016 | Impact

Federal programs provide homes for about 5 million families nationwide, but that’s only a fraction of the people who are trying to receive assistanc...

Here's More Proof That Criminalizing Homelessness Doesn't Work

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 02.25.2016 | Impact

Cities that penalize homeless people, instead of providing them with the services and affordable housing they need are paying a steep price, according...

What Really Happens When Your Company Helps Pay Your Rent

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 02.23.2016 | Business

Paychecks aren’t growing fast enough in the U.S., and a company that offers potential employees an extra boost for rent might seem hugely attractive...

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.