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Segregation 101

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.10.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

One way to address housing discrimination is by giving low-income families, who are disproportionately low-income, more opportunities to live in communities with greater resources. The Section 8 program is an important tool in that effort, but we need to do more than hand out vouchers to the fortunate few families.

How Section 8 Housing Can Actually Help Poor People Escape Poverty | Posted 06.25.2015 | Impact

When a woman in McKinney, Texas, told Tatiana Rhodes and her friends to “go back to your Section 8 homes” at a public pool earlier this month, she...

Helping Children Avoid Homelessness

Douglas Rice | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Douglas Rice

Many American children won't have a safe, stable home this holiday season. Homelessness among families with children isn't an intractable problem; federal rental assistance -- like the Housing Choice Voucher program -- is an effective solution. But funding is seriously inadequate and has faced significant cuts.

Producer/Director Phillip Andrew Morton Talks White Flight in New Film Spanish Lake

Ilana Rapp | Posted 08.09.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Phillip Andrew Morton's latest project, Spanish Lake, takes a serious look at the former, predominantly white-inhabited suburb of St. Louis.

Reverse Robin Hood Funding Threatens San Diego

Laura Barrett | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

San Diego's sunny beaches and beautiful college campuses can be deceptive. The city's soaring housing costs force university students and low-income f...

Arthur Delaney

Budget Cuts Mean 70,000 Fewer Housing Vouchers For The Poor | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Delores Lewis became an expert on mouse traps while living in her last apartment. "I used the sticky, I used the old-fashioned, ...

Bill de Blasio Because He Will Reverse the Bloomberg Administration's Policies That Have Left 50,000 New Yorkers Homeless

Laura Merriman | Posted 09.10.2013 | New York
Laura Merriman

I am supporting Bill de Blasio because he is the one candidate who will reverse the downward trajectory that far too many New Yorkers have faced during the Bloomberg years. The polls close at 9 p.m.

Dave Jamieson

A Single Walmart's Shocking Cost To Taxpayers | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.02.2013 | Business

Walmart wages are so low that many of its workers rely on food stamps and other government aid programs to fulfill their basic needs, a reality that c...

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.

This One's Gonna Hurt: What Will Happen to Families Who Lose Their Homes Because of Sequestration?

Emily Werth | Posted 07.15.2013 | Impact
Emily Werth

Congress' attention and action right now: the millions of low-income families who rely upon federal housing assistance to keep a stable roof over their heads and are being threatened with losing access to these funds.

Why Sequestration Would Increase Homelessness

Joel John Roberts | Posted 06.08.2013 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

When the federal government seized part of the funding of numerous important public programs, subsidized housing was one of them. Nearly 140,000 impoverished families and individuals would be affected.

Balancing Budgets on the Backs of Homeless Kids

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 05.26.2013 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

As Congress has settled on how to fund the U.S. government through September 2013, the only federal program targeted specifically to homeless and trafficked kids, the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, is about to be slashed.

Just Say No: Sequestration Hurts Families

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

Congress must come to its senses before the country suffers a completely self-inflicted grievous wound that weakens our economy and imposes gratuitous hardship on the least fortunate.

Fed Up With Housing Policy

Paul Boden | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics
Paul Boden

We can't put our hope in politicians and organizations that attempt to smooth out the edges of terrible legislation while people lose their homes and programs are gutted. In communities across the country, groups are joining hands to build a movement for the human right to housing.

Matt Sledge

Public Housing Demolition Lowered Crime, But Not For Everyone | Matt Sledge | Posted 04.06.2012 | Chicago

Chicago's decade-long effort to move people out of its infamous public housing towers and into low-rise neighborhoods has long produced divided reacti...

From Welfare to Wellbeing?

Robin Koerner | Posted 10.14.2011 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Any welfare for working adults should be in return for some contribution to society, whose other members are providing the help. Rather than mailing welfare checks without condition, government should pay a minimum wage for work done.

President Obama's Political Sepulcher

Bruce Fein | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

President Barack Obama's political sepulcher will be war. His extinguishment as a political comet could have been avoided if he had respected the exclusive constitutional responsibility of Congress to commence war.

The Hidden Truth About Chatham

Zack Isaacs | Posted 08.29.2011 | Chicago
Zack Isaacs

For years, Chatham has been the premier black community on the South Side with nice homes and manicured lawns. But some residents feel their "grass wa...

Rahm: Paying the Political Price for Choosing a School

Matt Farmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

Two months from now, Rahm Emanuel will be in charge of Chicago's public school system. Don't be surprised, however, if the Mayor-elect and his wife end up sending their own kids to private schools.

Anxious Crowd Mobs Public Housing Authority For Section 8 WAITING LIST

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE (11:24 PM Eastern): Officials now estimate that a crowd of 30,000 turned out, three times what they had originally anticipated. Some in attenda...

The Cost of Cuts

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Petro

Mayor Bloomberg insists that raising taxes on the city's wealthiest citizens will induce them to leave the city altogether, leaving the city even worse off. This flies in the face of the evidence.

Ameenah Joiner Gets Family Back On Their Feet Thanks To Supportive Housing

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Fleeing domestic violence in Chicago, Ameenah Joiner and her two young children relocated to Milwaukee in hopes of finding a better life. The family h...

NYC's Record Homeless Shelter Population and How to Tackle the Crisis

Mary Brosnahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Mary Brosnahan

Compared to 2002, 45% more New Yorkers are sleeping in municipal homeless shelters each year. Homelessness is rising -- so change the city's policy.

Running Out of Beds

Mary Brosnahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Mary Brosnahan

Mayor Bloomberg's responsible for this crisis. Since Bloomberg cut homeless families off from Section 8 vouchers and public housing priority, more families, not less, poured into the shelter system.

Homeless and Waiting in Detroit

Mark Horvath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Horvath

Karen wishes only for some money, peace of mind and to get into her new residence. It's a shame that we can't provide solutions for people like Karen who are simply transitioning and trying to make the right choices.