This past week saw record-breaking weather conditions in Nashville. The snow, ice and frigid temps caused Tennessee's governor to declare a State of Emergency, and our Mayor urged drivers to exercise extreme caution, or, better yet, stay home.
America's national housing policy seems, in a word, adrift: rudderless, following the whims of the prevailing political winds of the day, the ebb and flow of the ocean's tides, wherever they might take us.
You face a choice between renting or owning many of the essentials you use every day: your home, your car, even furniture and appliances. So is it better to rent or to own? There is no set answer, because the cost of each depends on a number of variables. It's a question of economics, but the economics come down to your lifestyle.
Amidst growing concern for families, the National Alliance to End Homelessness this week is holding its 2015 Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness.
Gentrification may bring Starbucks to a formerly underserved community, but it also brings devastation for people who are displaced when rents skyrocket and they can no longer afford to live in old neighborhoods. There are now ten Starbucks in Brooklyn and counting.
Pensacola has seasons, so it's not like south Florida where in mid-winter you can broil trout on the sidewalk. In Pensacola the typical January temperatures range from 42 to 60 degrees, hardly enough to freeze water, streets or humans.
We need to focus on keeping families in their homes, providing children stability, and restoring trust and respect between families and banks, law enforcement, and our government. "Hands Up. Don't Foreclose."
Shamefully, the Court's systematic dismantling of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act and the Court's anticipated modification of the Fair Housing Act may cause it to be remembered by history as a strict constructionist Court with neither heart nor soul.
In January and February, the housing market is in full bloom in Florida and Arizona. But upstate New York, New England, and some Pacific markets blossom later.
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's likely decision in favor of nationwide marriage equality in June, people will be asking what the next frontier for our cause will be. I believe that new frontier will be the issue of rent, the issue of our gay housing crisis.
It would seem mathematically impossible for both a homebuyer and a seller to get a better deal on opposite sides of the same transaction. Yet this paradoxical best-case could easily be achieved by simply providing prospective buyers with the opportunity to cut out the middlemen.
We need to join together to persuade Congress to fund programs that end homelessness, create more supportive housing, and increase the overall supply of affordable housing for all Americans.
Balint Misetics and I talked about his views on militancy, how homeless activism connects to other political struggles in Hungary today, and why this kind of work can be traumatic over the long run.
Mortgage guarantor giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac both recently announced their intent to once again begin purchasing mortgage loans at 97 percent loan-to-value (LTV) in the case of first-time homebuyers.
Housing costs are the largest element of household budgets, and they vary far more between cities. By comparison, other expenses, such as transportation, clothing and food vary little between cities.
There is a cottage industry of "capacity builders" that make up a growing portion of the nonprofit space. Almost all of these service providers are on...