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Building Appreciation: A Short Interview With Tenement Museum's Brendan Murphy

Danny Groner | Posted 12.14.2016 | New York
Danny Groner

The Tenement Museum offers a series of tours to curious patrons.

Video: Can This Data-Driven Organization Help Those Most Desperate Escape Life on the Streets?

NationSwell | Posted 11.30.2016 | Impact

Rosanne Haggerty grew up going to church in downtown Hartford, Conn. Her parents, both schoolteachers, never outright explained why they took their ki...

Study Shows Rich Living In Public Housing

MoneyTips | Posted 06.10.2016 | Business

With so many needy American families, should people who earn hundreds of thousands of dollars a year live in public housing? Shouldn't being a million...

Really, Really Rich Trump Is No Workers' Champion

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

When the rich like Trump do badly, they get more money. When low-wage workers faithfully perform their jobs, Trump says, "Give them less money!"

Income Inequality: The Housing Struggle

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In reality, only one in four families who qualify for housing assistance receives it. In the face of stagnating or falling incomes and soaring housing costs, eviction has become more commonplace in America than ever.

'WE LIVE HERE': How the NYPD Turned a Shrine into An Occupation

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 04.01.2016 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

If another gang raid is in the works, it's unlikely to help a situation where young people are surrounded by violence, poverty and police surveillance. In fact, it's just part of a cycle that keeps unfolding on both ends of Harlem.

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...

Democrats and Republicans Don't Really Care About Poverty

Raymond V. Mariano | Posted 02.26.2016 | Impact
Raymond V. Mariano

I know that it sounds harsh to say that Democrat and Republican leaders don't really care about the homeless and residents of public housing. But, in my opinion, after looking at the facts, it is the only conclusion that you can come to.

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

Raymond V. Mariano | Posted 01.12.2017 | 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 12.07.2016 | 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 11.20.2016 | 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.

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 11.10.2016 | 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 fo...

After Pruitt Igoe

Reinier de Graaf | Posted 10.02.2016 | 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 08.29.2016 | 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 08.27.2016 | 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 07.08.2016 | 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 05.27.2016 | 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.