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Let's Not Make Things Worse for Young Adults

Terri Ludwig | Posted 06.28.2013 | College
Terri Ludwig

America's young adults face a treacherous road ahead, and it's clear that student loans are exacerbating the problem. Lawmakers in Washington should be careful not to make matters worse.

America's Housing Story: One Size Does Not Fit All

Frank Keating | Posted 08.17.2013 | Business
Frank Keating

In the past, government policies overemphasized homeownership. Instead, Americans should have a variety of affordable and attractive rental and purchase options, in line with their needs and resources.

Hurricane Preparedness: What Every City Must Consider

Marianne Cusato | Posted 08.03.2013 | Miami
Marianne Cusato

This year, as we make sure our insurance documents are in order and buy new batteries for our flashlight, let's consider taking preparedness beyond bracing for the storm and the immediate aftermath.

Micro Living Sweeps The U.S.

Reuters | Posted 08.02.2013 | Business

By Elaine Porterfield SEATTLE, June 2 (Reuters) - Aaron McConnell doesn't mind sharing a kitchen with seven neighbors. He's fine in li...

A Minimum Wage Increase Is Smart Housing Policy

Terri Ludwig | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

Earlier this year, lawmakers in my home state of New York agreed to increase the statewide minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 over the next three years. It's time for the federal government to follow suit.

Can Garcetti Put An End To LA's Biggest Problem?

Joel John Roberts | Posted 07.28.2013 | Los Angeles
Joel John Roberts

With significant deficits in the city's budget, and public debate over city employee raises and cuts in services, the notion of ending homelessness for 23,500 Angelenos seems daunting.

Study: The Poorest Disabled Americans Are Priced Out Of Housing Market

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 05.22.2013 | Business

Federal assistance provided to the poorest disabled Americans is less than sufficient, leaving some disabled Americans unable to afford a place to liv...

Building to Spring

Katharine Dixon | Posted 07.16.2013 | DC
Katharine Dixon

The fluctuating temperatures may make it difficult to tell that it's spring. That's why some locals peg spring's arrival to the blossoms, but here in Alexandria, we know it's tied to National Rebuilding Day -- the ultimate sign of renewal and revitalization.

To Curb Domestic Violence, Start With Housing

Terri Ludwig | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

When lawmakers in March reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act--the landmark legislation that guarantees certain rights and protections for survivors of domestic violence--they expanded a rule to bar landlords from evicting survivors from any publicly-supported home.

Why We Need Public Boarding Schools

Thomas Fisher | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Thomas Fisher

Affordable housing and school busing can do little to counter a disruptive family life or a dangerous neighborhood. We need an alternative: public boarding schools.

The Hidden Housing Crisis in Indian Country

Terri Ludwig | Posted 07.02.2013 | Business
Terri Ludwig

All told, about 90,000 Native families are homeless or under-housed on a given night, and Native communities nationwide face an immediate housing shortfall of 200,000 homes.

The Battle Over Affordable Housing Heats Up in Westchester

Joanne Wallenstein | Posted 07.02.2013 | New York
Joanne Wallenstein

Concerns about over development in Scarsdale could extend far beyond the shoehorning of oversized houses onto undersized lots or the destruction of heritage trees.

New York City and the Assault on Public Housing

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 07.01.2013 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

With income inequality in New York greater than anywhere else in the country, I for one would be doing everything to dispense crumbs to the poor, just to show that even though I have my own jet fleet, I still care about the less fortunate. But that's not what's happening.

The Hidden Risk to America's Affordable Housing, and How We Can Solve It

Jeremy Hays | Posted 07.01.2013 | Green
Jeremy Hays

At a time when more and more Americans are struggling to get by, affordable housing has never been more important. It's what keeps more than one milli...

The High Cost of Opportunity

Yvahn Martin | Posted 06.29.2013 | Black Voices
Yvahn Martin

The very definition of poverty is to be lacking the money to cover the basic needs of food, clothing, shelter and healthcare. If you can't do that, how can you choose to spend money to start a business?

Whack-a-Mole Budgeting

Scott Lilly | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Scott Lilly

The preposterous legislative sideshow taking place around sequestration gives a pretty clear picture of how little the people who were elected to run the government actually know about it.

This Earth Day, Let's Focus on Healthy Homes

Terri Ludwig | Posted 06.22.2013 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

Today is Earth Day, a time to reflect on our environmental impact and consider shifts toward healthier and more sustainable living. But today I'm not thinking about litter on the side of highways or rapidly depleting rainforests -- my thoughts are with a woman named Nicki and her two little girls in Portland, Ore.

State Of Homelessness in America 2013 Unveiled By NAEH

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 06.19.2013 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

There was a feeling of expectation in the room at the National Press Club last week as the National Alliance To End Homelessness (NAEH) unveiled its S...

India's Poor Driven To Death Traps

Reuters | Posted 06.11.2013 | World

By Aditi Shah MUMBAI, April 12 (Reuters) - Aslamkhan Bhikankha sold his wife's jewellery and used all his savings to buy a flat in a ...

Housing Affordability and Race: A Civil Rights Issue?

Philip Tegeler | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Philip Tegeler

Government actions are rarely race-neutral in their impacts -- unless the government is careful in how implementation is carried out. The sequestration is a particularly blunt instrument, and we fear that it will only serve to exacerbate the racial disparities in housing affordability revealed by this data.

DC's Poorest Set to Suffer From Federal Sequester

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.13.2013 | DC
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

D.C. can easily cover the sequester cuts, given the $400 million budget surplus it announced earlier this year. The outstanding question, however, is whether or not Mayor Vince Gray will be an advocate for this city's growing poor population.

Abandoned Hospital Could Be Re-Purposed For LGBT Community

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 03.08.2013 | Gay Voices

The elderly are often forgotten about, but there may soon be a place of commemoration and refuge in the windy city. As DNA Info is reporting, Chic...

What Ann Arbor Can Learn From Santa Cruz

concentrate logo | Natalie Burg | Posted 03.07.2013 | Detroit

This article comes to us courtesy of Concentrate. In the early 2000s, the city of Santa Cruz, California had a problem. The naturally beautiful, pr...

Heads Up to NYC Mayoral Candidates

Gregory Floyd | Posted 05.05.2013 | New York
Gregory Floyd

Fiscal challenges in the coming years are real, but we must meet them with honesty and respect for all New Yorkers. That means running the government, as it should be, for the benefit of all. This process starts at the top.

Homes For All? That's Our Goal

Bobbie Ibarra | Posted 05.01.2013 | Impact
Bobbie Ibarra

We all know that times are hard. But we also know that even before the Great Recession, the number of people who had no residence was high. So why do so many people in the United States have no homes? And what can we do about it?