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Affordable Housing

How Transit, Walkability Help Make Cities More Affordable

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 08.28.2014 | 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 08.21.2014 | 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 08.19.2014 | 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 08.18.2014 | 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 08.15.2014 | 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 08.12.2014 | 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 08.11.2014 | 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 08.08.2014 | 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 08.07.2014 | 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 07.21.2014 | 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.

Zach Carter

Warren's Mortgage Reforms Divide Progressives

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is dividing Wall Street critics in Congress by leading talks regarding a controversial Fannie Mae and Fr...

Two Cities, Two Students: One Future?

Ralph da Costa Nunez | Posted 07.08.2014 | New York
Ralph da Costa Nunez

Of New York's 1.1 million public school students, one in 12 are homeless. Many live doubled up with extended family or are temporarily housed in hotels or motels. But more than 23,000 live in family shelters on any given day.

CSH & Denver Innovate to Help Vulnerable People

Deborah De Santis | Posted 09.01.2014 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

This past week, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock unveiled a new initiative in his city that could significantly alter the way communities provide affordab...

How Do You Register to Vote If You're Homeless?

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

A lack of address is not particularly problematic. Colorado, for instance, considers any place to which you "regularly return" and have "the intent to remain" an adequate address for voter registration.

Government Should Fix Barriers to Latino Homeownership

Frank Keating | Posted 08.24.2014 | Business
Frank Keating

June is American Housing Month, when we celebrate the variety of housing choices that Americans make. Whether owning or renting, the basic principle is that you should be free to choose the home that works best for you and your family.

Why We Need a Rent Freeze in New York City

Letitia James | Posted 08.18.2014 | New York
Letitia James

All New Yorkers have the right to decent housing, regardless of income and rent. This is the eighth straight year that landlords have seen their profits grow, while for many New Yorkers their wages remain fixed.

Key to Healthcare? Key to Housing.

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

Last Friday, the receptionist at a doctor's office recently called Bethesda Cares and spoke with one of our volunteers: "We have 'Steve' with us. ...

As American Cities Grow, New Urbanism Must Be Inclusive

Steven Fulop | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Steven Fulop

Mention affordable housing and too often it conjures up the thought of failed housing programs from the '50s and '60s. Not only does this fly in the face of reality of what's happening in our cities today but it does a disservice to the residents of recently built affordable homes.

Trans Is The New Fight: Laverne Cox and America's Real Life Transgender Drama

Monica Gray | Posted 08.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Monica Gray

The general population should tune in at this critical juncture in the policy debate, as we so enthusiastically do for Laverne Cox on Netflix. The time is now for New York to step up and finally help transgender citizens.

When Does It Make Sense to Rent?

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 07.28.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

The answer lies in a complicated web of factors that will be different for each person -- including the health of the housing market where you intend to live, your age, income and how much you can spend, how long you intend to stay in the property, your long-range financial plans and more.

This Tiny Home Could Bring Big Changes To City Living

The Huffington Post | Brie Dyas | Posted 05.27.2014 | HuffPost Home

As living in a city becomes the "new American Dream," the need for affordable housing becomes even more critical. There is, after all, only a finite a...

Housing Finance Reform Should Now Focus on Fixing and Preserving Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

John Taylor | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
John Taylor

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac need to be regulated properly, they need to be required to maintain sufficient capital reserves, and they need to be operated transparently. But given the current legislation, eliminating them would be reckless and foolish.

Sometimes, You Just Gotta Get Away (Even If You're Homeless)

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 07.13.2014 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

The conversation shifted to a kind of Yelp-type review of local and distant shelters, evaluating their safety, cleanliness and the competency of their staffs.

Bill de Blasio Knows: Affordable Housing is a Civil Right

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Instead of condemning the de Blasio plan because it is ambitious, Federal officials should be working to replicate in cities and towns all across the country. Without fair and affordable housing in the heart of our urban centers, we can never become the egalitarian and democratic society that should be our destiny and our legacy.