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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.

The SCADpad: Affordable Housing Inserted Into Aging Parking Decks

J. Michael Welton | Posted 06.17.2014 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

Like the 19th century warehouse, the mid-century modern parking deck could be transformed soon into the trendiest loft space of the 21st century.

When a Full Fridge Overwhelms

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 06.15.2014 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

I haven't yet been part of an actual moving-in, the moments when someone homeless metamorphasizes back to someone housed. At Bethesda Cares, those day...

Getting Checked

Katharine Dixon | Posted 06.14.2014 | DC
Katharine Dixon

Keeping homes maintained is important to residents' health and safety. In a city like Alexandria with so much older housing and many homeowners of lim...

Does This Bus Shelter Make Me Look Fat?

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 06.07.2014 | DC
Amy L. Freeman

Last week, I overheard a conversation in which an enormous, middle-aged man -- not just tall, but carrying enough girth to be easily considered morbid...

LA's Little Tokyo Aims to Become the Country's First 'Cultural Ecodistrict'

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.07.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Change will occur in Little Tokyo: the question is whether that change can be managed so that it inures to the benefit of Asian-American residents, institutions and businesses, and whether it will be environmentally sustainable.

Let's Bring Affordable Rents Back Home

Gregory Floyd | Posted 06.01.2014 | New York
Gregory Floyd

It's clear that we need more truly affordable housing. One way to get it is to build it, but real-estate interests are powerful, and the city makes it all too easy for developers to tear down existing, rent-stabilized buildings to build glass-covered luxury condo towers.

For Want of a Key, A Life Will Be Squandered

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 06.01.2014 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

Second, well, look back at what I wrote, above, "I unlocked the door to my office." I unlocked my door, just as I had locked my house on leaving for work, unlocked my car to drive to work and locked it again on arriving.

Report: Rent Prices Shut Out Minimum-Wage Workers In Every State

Posted 03.27.2014 | HuffPost Home

Think the rent is too damn high? Well, it actually is. No matter where you live in the country, a new report says that no full-time worker making mini...

Jail: Three Hots and a Cot

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

How long will I have to have worked at Bethesda Cares before my jaw stops hitting the ground? Clearly, unhappy with his banishment from our offices, X found another place in which to pass his time.

Report: California Farmworkers Often Forced to Live in Squalor

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Though the reforms won by previous generations have extended basic labor and safety protections to seasonal and immigrant farmworkers, many remain shut out of the right to decent accommodations.

Over Half Of New York Can't Afford To Pay The Rent

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 03.12.2014 | Business

A new report confirms what New Yorkers have known for years: the rent really is too damn high. Over 50 percent of New York state residents pay ren...

Respecting Someone Living Unsheltered

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 05.10.2014 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

I totally sympathized, wondered what other miserable dominoes that lack of funds would push over. So I didn't blame him when he totally lost it in a room full of people who are actually on his team.

No Sweet Dreams For D.C.'s Homeless Children

Patty Mullahy Fugere | Posted 05.06.2014 | DC
Patty Mullahy Fugere

D.C. has reverted back to a practice that it conceded was unacceptable, even when the District was mired in financial strife: Placing children and their parents in makeshift shelters at rec centers.

More NYC -- Expanding Housing Can Produce Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs Across NYC

Nathan Newman | Posted 05.06.2014 | New York
Nathan Newman

Critically, building affordable housing units across the city will help create jobs right in the neighborhoods suffering the highest unemployment, helping address the yawning economic and racial divide opened up during the most recent recession.

Rats Don't Bite, So Sleep Well?

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

What made it even more appalling than the subject matter itself -- rat bites in your sleep -- was the calm, conversational tones they used to exchange this information with each other, like comparing restaurants or the easiest places to find parking.

LGBT People: Our Longing for Home, Our Right to Housing

Robert Espinoza | Posted 04.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Robert Espinoza

As two recent reports demonstrate, for many LGBT people -- specifically LGBT people of color and elders -- the quest for home routinely comes up against a housing supply that's dilapidated, stretched thin, too expensive and far removed from the cities and neighborhoods we deserve to inhabit.

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, ...

You're Kidding. She's Homeless?

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

Before I started working at Bethesda Cares, I had a mental image of what someone "homeless" looks like. Maybe you do, too: I pictured a disheveled old man with scraggly hair and a matted beard, wearing dirty mismatched clothes and probably pushing a shopping cart.