iOS app Android app

Public Housing

Public Housing Solves the Symptom - Homelessness - But Should Focus on the Problem

Raymond V. Mariano | Posted 01.12.2016 | Impact
Raymond V. Mariano

After a lifetime of living in and serving people in public housing, I am convinced that homelessness is merely a symptom of a much larger and deeper social problem. Simply providing a family with shelter does little to resolve the underlying problem that created the homelessness in the first place.

Fix America's 'Dead End Street' by Helping Public Housing Residents Find 'Main Street'

Raymond V. Mariano | Posted 12.08.2015 | Impact
Raymond V. Mariano

We are used to hearing candidates running for public office talk about the divide between "Wall Street" and "Main Street." Entire campaigns have been ...

Requiring Work/School in Public Housing: A Model for Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Raymond V. Mariano | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact
Raymond V. Mariano

I believe our country is headed in the wrong direction. By increasing numbers, our poorest families are becoming less educated, less employed and more reliant on government services and support. A system of assistance that was designed as a temporary helping hand has become a permanent way of life.

HUD Seeks To Ban Smoking In Public Housing

AP | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Smoking could soon be banned in the nation's public housing. The Department of Housing and Urban Development proposed a rule ...

Eyes on the Prize: De Blasio Targets Public Housing While Parents Seek Solutions

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 11.11.2015 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

It's a full court press from city hall as mayor Bill de Blasio's administration takes another step towards the 'tough on crime' persona he's begun to ...

The Failure of Public Housing: Temporary Help Has Become a Permanent Way of Life

Raymond V. Mariano | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
Raymond V. Mariano

Americans must recognize that the costs associated with how we currently help those in need are not sustainable. If we continue on our current path the results are predictable: Another generation of Americans will remain stuck in poverty.

Joe Manchin Backs Public Housing Drug Tests, Got Idea From Schoolchildren

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) thinks it might be a good idea to drug test public housing residents -- and he's crediting school children f...

After Pruitt Igoe

Reinier de Graaf | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Reinier de Graaf

More than a year has passed since Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by a white police officer, in Ferguson, Missouri. The event sparked violent protests and almost immediately after, racial tensions surfaced throughout the U.S.

A Tale of Two Katrinas

Thomas J. Adams | Posted 08.30.2015 | Politics
Thomas J. Adams

When I teach a course on the history of New Orleans at I often tell my students that there were two Katrinas. The first Katrina was the result of a low-pressure system that formed off the Bahamas on August 21st, 2005. The second was a man-made disaster.

Get to the Bricks: New Report Details the Experiences of Black Women from New Orleans Public Housing after Hurricane Katrina

Heidi Hartmann | Posted 08.27.2015 | Women
Heidi Hartmann

The failure to coordinate services, to plan for the needs of the population, to keep families and neighborhoods together, and to find ways to enable all those who desired to return to New Orleans to do so constitute a third disaster, one like the failure of the levees of human origin.

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.

Almost 200 Public Housing Units Sit Vacant While Honolulu Struggles To Find Housing For The Homeless | Posted 07.13.2015 | Hawaii

The tents lining Kapalama Canal and the burgeoning homeless encampment in Kakaako are stark reminders of the worsening affordable housing crisis in Ha...

Mourning Public Enemy #1: Woodland Meadows

Jorge Newbery | Posted 07.08.2015 | Business
Jorge Newbery

I purchased crime-wracked Woodland Meadows for $12.5 million in 2002, driven by my vision of transforming this 1,100-unit affordable housing complex, one of the nation's largest, into a resident-powered self-supporting asset to the community.

The New York City Housing Authority's Bold Plan Deserves Support

Carol Kellermann | Posted 05.28.2015 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Shola Olatoye, Chair and CEO of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), released on May 19th a 10-year roadmap called "NextGeneration NYCHA." The roadmap is a bold plan that deserves to be supported.

Housing Discrimination, Gentrification and Black Lives: We Call These Projects Home

Monique "Mo" George | Posted 04.19.2015 | Black Voices

The future needs a call to end housing discrimination and it begins with chants of "Black lives matter" and recognizing that many of us call these projects home.

Lydia O'Connor

One Of America's Most Unaffordable Cities Reopens Public Housing Waitlist | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics

San Francisco, home to a highly visible homeless population, is reopening its public housing waitlist this month for the first time in more than four ...

A Case for Community in Cultural Planning for New York

Lane Harwell | Posted 12.01.2014 | New York
Lane Harwell

Today I add new learning about the importance of "community" to discussions underway about including a comprehensive cultural plan requirement in the New York City Charter.

Is Being a Bad Parent a Crime?

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Eliot Borenstein

Holding parents criminally responsible would constitute bad legislation, even worse public policy, and a distressing sign that we as a country have completely failed to understand the relationships among individuals, families, and public institutions.

Using Technology to Combat Crime

Letitia James | Posted 10.25.2014 | New York
Letitia James

Our city has an opportunity to stand up for the 403,120 authorized residents of public housing by reducing gun violence and in turn reducing crime in NYCHA developments.

Time to Fix the Real "Broken Windows"

Alan Singer | Posted 10.19.2014 | New York
Alan Singer

I actually like the "broken window" theory, which is one reason I am marching on August 23, I just think the theory is being seriously misapplied. It is long past time to fix the real broken windows in our society that have victimized many but especially African American men.

Dear Mayor Bill de Blasio: Letter From an Urban Designer in Brooklyn

Mitch McEwen | Posted 07.02.2014 | New York
Mitch McEwen

Whatever you do, please do not use the large corporate firms that do so much New Urbanist work in Florida because, honestly, they make New York City look like Florida.

How More Housing Can Fund Social Needs

Nathan Newman | Posted 05.17.2014 | New York
Nathan Newman

While New York City is home to some of the wealthiest people on the planet, basic human services, transit and infrastructure remain underfunded.

How NYCHA Can Create an Infill Plan That Works

Denise M. Miranda | Posted 04.30.2014 | New York
Denise M. Miranda

Thankfully, Mayor de Blasio trashed Bloomberg's ill-conceived plan. The logical question is: "What now?"

A New Day for NYCHA

Denise M. Miranda | Posted 04.07.2014 | New York
Denise M. Miranda

Today a husband, father and veteran of Operation Desert Storm is awakening to another day of a new, very personal war -- against New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).

Kate Sheppard

Three Years Later, A Company Looks Back At Its State Of The Union Debut | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For Robert Allen, the president's shoutout in the 2011 State of the Union address was a game changer. President Barack Obama cited R...