Sustainable regions are only possible if all people have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Areas that embrace this "regional equity" focus will be on the fast-track to economic stability and growth.
On June 22, the federal government released the first-ever, comprehensive federal plan to reduce the number of homeless people to zero. According to President Obama, "...ending homelessness in America must be a national priority."
The administration's Transforming Rental Assistance initiative does not privatize public housing, but it brings into stark relief the resistance to a robust -- and expensive -- federal role in public housing.
With worries about the cost of health care reform, the spiraling national debt, and the future of our country, it's reassuring to know that sometimes doing the right thing is actually the right thing to do economically too.
The real surprise is not that FHA might need an infusion of funds in the midst of an historic disruption in the housing market, but that it has fared so well until now compared to private bank lenders.