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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 | 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 07.02.2014 | 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 06.26.2014 | 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 06.24.2014 | 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 06.18.2014 | 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 06.17.2014 | 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 06.16.2014 | 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 06.11.2014 | 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 05.28.2014 | 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.

Americans Vs. Reality: Why Your Home Is Not a Great Investment

The Motley Fool | Posted 07.02.2014 | Business
The Motley Fool

Assuming it's a superior long-term investment, one to rival stocks, is dangerous. There's just no evidence backing it up.

What the Mayor's Housing Plan Should Include and Why

Jumaane D. Williams | Posted 06.30.2014 | New York
Jumaane D. Williams

New York City funnels billions of dollars annually into the growth and enrichment of our city. It is time we dedicate our resources to building housing that is truly affordable, for all.

Millionaires Are Hogging NYC's Affordable Housing

| Posted 04.30.2014 | Business

By James Fanelli NEW YORK CITY — It’s affordable housing — for the 1 percent.A polo-playing multimillionaire who allegedly broke up Gov. Andre...

Taking Steps to Ease Affordable Housing Crisis in Los Angeles

Mark Horvath | Posted 04.29.2014 | Impact
Mark Horvath

I would argue that perhaps the biggest crisis facing America today is our lack of affordable housing. I would also argue that our lack of affordable housing has the biggest influence on the increase of people experiencing homelessness.

Housing Reform Should Create Wealth

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

Being a champion of homeownership or affordable housing options is not risky policy, it is essential to growing wealth. Unfortunately, as pointed out by many civil rights organizations, there are provisions of the Johnson-Crapo discussion draft that will only exacerbate the current disparities in homeownership rates.

Why Conforming Loan Limits Should Be Part of Housing-Finance Reform -- But Aren't

Jed Kolko | Posted 06.29.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

The housing finance system -- as well as other national housing policies -- needs to serve a country where local home prices in some markets are 10 times as high as in others, and where local and state laws affect how much new construction is allowed, how long foreclosures take, and more.

America as a Tale of Two Neighborhoods

Steven Strauss | Posted 06.28.2014 | New York
Steven Strauss

Over the past generation, we've had ever-widening income inequality, combined with (at best) stagnant upward mobility and continued de facto segregation/discrimination. This isn't a good picture of civil society.

Johnson-Crapo Housing Reform Guided by Weapons of Mass Deception About Affordable Housing Goals

Marc H. Morial | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Marc H. Morial

Instead of expanding homeownership opportunities, the Johnson-Crapo proposal tells working and middle-class families that homeownership will be reserved for the fortunate few. That is simply wrong, and we can do better.

The Moment Lost in a Smile Withheld

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 06.24.2014 | Good News
Amy L. Freeman

I wondered what has happened to her, what people have said (or not said) to or near her, words or glances that have torn at her soul so deeply that she expects nothing but scorn.