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Housing Policy

Why it is Important to All Americans that President-Elect Trump Focuses on Homeownership

Tino Diaz | Posted 12.21.2016 | HuffPost Home
Tino Diaz

For most of this election season, we were hoping that the candidates and at least one debate question touched on something that was glaringly obvious ...

America Must Act Boldly on Affordable Housing

Terri Ludwig | Posted 08.10.2016 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

Regardless of who wins in November, Congress and the next administration must act boldly to help the 11 million housing insecure households who pay more than half of their incomes on rent. They often face difficult choices between paying rent and buying groceries or seeing a doctor. In the worst cases, they become homeless.

Feds Push Back Against Blanket Bans That Keep Ex-Offenders From Finding Housing

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics

Landlords and property owners who exclude people with criminal records from renting or buying may be violating the law, according to new guidance rele...

Housing Bill Would Boost Rental Assistance's Effectiveness

Barbara Sard | Posted 12.09.2016 | Politics
Barbara Sard

The nation needs its housing assistance programs to be as efficient and effective as possible, and this legislation -- the Housing Opportunities Through Modernization Act (HOTMA) -- would take major steps toward that goal.

These 100 People Have More Money Than All Black Americans Combined

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 12.03.2015 | Business

The country's richest people are incredibly, stunningly, jaw-droppingly wealthy -- with more assets than millions and millions of Americans put togeth...

Housing Agencies Restoring Vouchers -- Let's Finish the Job in 2016

Douglas Rice | Posted 10.07.2016 | Politics
Douglas Rice

With policymakers providing the needed funds, state and local housing agencies are restoring many of the housing vouchers lost to the sequestration cuts in recent years. But restoring the rest -- which the President and Congress should prioritize in their fall negotiations over a final 2016 budget -- will likely require relief from sequestration.

Jason Linkins

10 Things You Need To Know About Julian Castro If You'd Like To Be Somewhat Informed | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has been nominated to be the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. What's to be said about this? Well, over at the Washington Post, The Fix hooks you up with "The 10 things you need to know about Julian Castro." This must be a misprint, because the article goes on to relate 10 very inessential and/or inconsequential things about Castro. For example, did you know that he has a twin brother? Or that he does not speak Spanish? Here's a hot scoop: Castro could one day be the first Hispanic president of the United States, according to this one guy who said so once, unless of course someone else becomes the first Hispanic president of the United States. The whole "who will be the first Hispanic president of the United States" thing is really sort of up in the air at the moment.

Housing Is the First Rung on the 'Ladder of Opportunity'

Terri Ludwig | Posted 09.25.2013 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

For families to have any chance of accessing the middle class, they need to start with a stable home in a strong community.

Fair Housing Policy Matters

Gregory D. Squires | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Gregory D. Squires

The Fair Housing Act has proven to be an effective remedy for many who have been denied the fundamental right to housing. But racial and ethnic minorities still need the protection that aggressive enforcement and more comprehensive education can provide, as do gay and lesbian homeseekers.

Mark Gongloff

Dubious Study Correlates High Home Ownership With High Unemployment | Mark Gongloff | Posted 06.10.2013 | Business

A new study suggests that higher home ownership could lead to higher unemployment. Be sure to wash it down with a tall glass of skepticism. The stu...

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.

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.

Electoral College Shenanigans: One Possible Response

Kevin Welner | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Kevin Welner

In this past presidential election, President Obama defeated Governor Romney by a popular vote of 65.9 million to 60.9 million. In a sane world, that would be the end of the story. But the U.S. presidential election uses the Electoral College.

Housing 2013: What's In, What's Out

Jed Kolko | Posted 02.19.2013 | Business
Jed Kolko

Rising prices encourage new construction, and rising prices encourage some homeowners to sell. The big question for 2013 is whether today's price gains will continue strongly enough to encourage builders to build and homeowners to sell.

Ben Hallman

Wrong Turn: How Obama's Housing Policy Went Off Course | Ben Hallman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

On a morning in February, less than a month into his presidency, Barack Obama walked onto a stage at a gym in Dobson High School in Mesa, Arizona, pre...

Ben Hallman

Romney: Under Obama, Government Is Doing Too Much To Solve Housing Crisis. Also, Not Enough | Ben Hallman | Posted 09.05.2012 | Business

Homeowners need help avoiding foreclosures, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac need reform, and complex rules need to be replaced with smart ones. This, wi...

Where Krugman Went Right: On Housing Policy

Mark J. Perry and Robert Dell | Posted 08.25.2012 | Business
Mark J. Perry and Robert Dell

The Krugman-Estonia kerfuffle raises an interesting question: Has Krugman ever sided with free market economists against government activism in his Times forum?

The Link Between Housing, Education, and Opportunity

Jonathan Rothwell | Posted 04.19.2012 | Education
Jonathan Rothwell

Reforming discriminatory zoning laws and taking other steps to promote residential and school integration could have potentially large benefits to the nation's future by making educational opportunity more equal.

Joy Resmovits

Exclusionary Housing Leads To Educational 'Segregation' -- Report | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.19.2012 | Education

Tanya McDowell, a Connecticut mother, made headlines last year when she was accused of stealing -- specifically, of stealing an education for her son....

Misery Loves Campaigning: The Housing Misery Index and the 2012 Election

Jed Kolko | Posted 04.28.2012 | Politics
Jed Kolko

The housing crisis hurt some states especially hard. In Nevada and Florida, the Republican presidential candidates couldn't ignore housing. But in states that weathered the housing crisis better, the candidates won't spend precious money and attention on housing policy.

Obama and Housing -- Is Anybody Home?

David Coates | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Coates

We are in the middle of the greatest housing crisis we have known, and yet the president failed to make a single reference to it in his State of the Union Address, and his latest proposals fall far short of what's needed.

Shahien Nasiripour

Money Manager Says Interest Rate Worries Are Unfounded | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As the Federal Reserve's trillion-dollar intervention to prop up the housing market comes to an end, the Obama administration and others have focused ...