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Affordable Housing

A Home Creates a World of Possibilities

Jonathan T.M. Reckford | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Jonathan T.M. Reckford

It is important that we continue to seek new opportunities to improve housing conditions because too many families know the impossible compromises that must be made to afford acceptable shelter.

Our Job Is to Enable Well-Being

Robyn Stone | Posted 11.18.2014 | Fifty
Robyn Stone

We're literally taking a page out of Gawande's book by recognizing that our real job is not just to put a roof over the heads of our older citizens.

Our Gentrified Capital

Liz Rebecca Alarcon | Posted 11.16.2014 | DC
Liz Rebecca Alarcon

Supporters of gentrification claim that the benefits outweigh the consequences. So neighborhoods become safer, cleaner and nicer. But for whom?

Sequestration's Toll: 100,000 Fewer Low-Income Families With Housing Vouchers

Douglas Rice | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Douglas Rice

It's essential that Congress provide enough funds in 2015 to renew all of the vouchers issued in 2014 and make further progress in reversing the voucher losses under sequestration. To achieve this goal, Congress should fund vouchers at least at the level that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved in June.

This Veterans Day, Let's Focus on Homeless Female Vets

Deborah De Santis | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

Experts believe the number of homeless female veterans is going up because federal veteran assistance programs do not do enough to accommodate women and children, and also there is a lack of affordable housing and child care in our country.

Moving Miami Toward Vibrancy and the Shortfalls of Amendment 1

Bobbie Ibarra | Posted 11.04.2014 | Miami
Bobbie Ibarra

As housing costs in Miami continue to outpace incomes, it is critical that we do more to address our housing needs and recognize that housing is not just a poor man's issue.

Sustainable Housing, Politics and a Basic Pride of Place

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.24.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

We carry with us the ability to mine pride from place, even in places that are, perhaps, least expected to shine.

10 Facts About Homelessness

Bill Quigley | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Fact 2: One quarter of homeless people are children. HUD reports that on any given night, over 138,000 of the homeless in the U.S. are children under the age of 18. Thousands of these homeless children are unaccompanied, according to HUD.

New Design Competition Aims to Change Lives in the Coachella Valley's "Other Side"

Guy Horton | Posted 10.09.2014 | Los Angeles
Guy Horton

The Coachella Valley, one of the nation's most vital agricultural and tourist economies, generating $4 billion in economic activity annually, suffers from a chronic shortage of affordable housing.

Innovation Growing Along With NYC's Population

Toni Haber | Posted 11.17.2014 | New York
Toni Haber

Compared to the rest of the Western world, New York City is young in age. However, given its long-standing infrastructure and housing, sometimes it may seem the older than the rest.

Airbnb Under Fire From New 'Share Better' Campaign

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 09.17.2014 | Technology

The battle over the so-called sharing economy is heating up as New Yorkers question the impact of home-sharing sites like Airbnb. A campaign called...

Affordable Housing

Harry L. Langer | Posted 11.07.2014 | Impact
Harry L. Langer

Experience shows that inclusionary housing for the disadvantaged is unsuccessful as a social engineering tool. Jobs are the antidote for poverty. That problem is best addressed through economic opportunity.

Can I Put My Nose in Your Cup?

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 11.09.2014 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

Witnessing raw need can make us feel a range of conflicting emotions: anxious, uncertain, compassion and maybe even slightly guilty. We want to help but may not know whether or how to do so. Those are difficult feelings.

Revitalizing Cities for All Residents

Gary A. Officer | Posted 11.02.2014 | Impact
Gary A. Officer

Twenty-first century cities will serves as the engine that drives the economy of a region, and ultimately, a nation.

How Transit, Walkability Help Make Cities More Affordable

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 10.25.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Highly enlightening new data from the New York City-based Citizens Budget Commission demonstrate the immense importance of walkability and transit in shaping how affordable large US cities are for a range of household types.

Bank Of America Deal A Victory For New York Families

Eric T. Schneiderman | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
Eric T. Schneiderman

This settlement sends a strong message that banks that prey on customers and investors will be held accountable. I will continue to investigate financial institutions that bend the rules for their own benefit, and pursue equal justice for all New York families.

Some NYC Apartments Segregate Poor From The Rich

AP | By JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 10.18.2014 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — One new Manhattan skyscraper will greet residents of pricey condos with a lobby in front, while renters of affordable apartments tha...

Why New Yorkers Need to March on 8/20 for Real Affordable Housing

Jonathan Westin | Posted 10.15.2014 | New York
Jonathan Westin

While many developers pooh-pooh our model of 50 percent real affordability, it not only is achievable, but must be achieved. Equitable development will help create good jobs and put people to work building real affordable housing in neighborhoods that desperately need it.

Open the Door to an Inclusive NYC

Mark Levine | Posted 10.13.2014 | New York
Mark Levine

At its best, New York City is a place where people from all walks of life live together and interact with each other. But a new residential tower rising on Manhattan's west side tears at that tradition.

Getting to Higher Moral Ground

Street Sense | Posted 10.12.2014 | DC
Street Sense

It's sad when you think about it to see people living on the streets and in shelters for long parts of their lives. Yet we live in a world where profit is placed over people. Here in the West we will never see housing as a human right, something that builds family and community.

Involving the Urban Poor in Inclusive Housing

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 10.11.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Participatory planning integrates the poor and vulnerable into the housing development process and ensures that good intentions are translated into impact for the community.

Homes Don't Cure Homelessness

Harriet McDonald | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
Harriet McDonald

I have spent 25 years advocating for the homeless. And I know that if the solution to homelessness were as simple as taxpayer supported homes, one of the thousands of smart, passionate advocates working on this crisis would have already come up with that answer.

Why Doesn't Mayor De Blasio Like Roommates?

Matt Hutchinson | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Matt Hutchinson

The Mayor has announced his ten year, five borough plan to increase the supply of affordable housing in New York - but it appears he's down on the single biggest supply of affordable accommodation the city has to offer, apartment sharing. Why?

Luxury New York Condo Will Have A 'Poor Door' For Lower-Income Residents

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 07.21.2014 | Business

A controversial plan to have the lower-income residents of a New York City luxury condo go in and out through a separate entrance has officially been ...

In Astoria, A Big Push to Preserve Real Affordability

Jonathan Westin | Posted 09.17.2014 | New York
Jonathan Westin

For far too long, low and moderate-income families have been squeezed out, or left out, of most of the new developments built or proposed across the five boroughs.