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Affordable Housing

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

How an Alliance Can Fight Climate Change, Make Housing Affordable, Create Good Jobs and Fund Social Needs for All New Yorkers

Nathan Newman | Posted 04.26.2014 | New York
Nathan Newman

New York City needs even more ambitious and far-ranging changes in direction to reverse the yawning gap between the elite and struggling working families in the rest of the City.

There is a Family Homelessness Crisis and Provisional Placement is Not the Answer

Patty Mullahy Fugere | Posted 04.23.2014 | DC
Patty Mullahy Fugere

The crisis isn't that too many families are in DC's shelters; the crisis is that so many families need shelter. That is the crisis the Mayor should be addressing.

Homelessness Through the Eyes of a Teen

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 04.20.2014 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

My daughter tossed a lot of questions at me as she wrestled with these issues. I can only hope her questions were rhetorical, though, because I'm mighty short on meaningful answers.

Bill de Blasio Lifts the Left

Brent Budowsky | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Bill de Blasio has lifted the left and is a man to watch in 2014. I have a hunch that the next Democratic nominee for president will be watching him closely, too.

Why Fix Something Not Broken?

Karen Hinton | Posted 04.08.2014 | Business
Karen Hinton

Young families, military families and low-income people who may not make six digits but have good credit are, for all practical purposes, blocked from owning a home by requirements for high credit scores and down-payments.

M.L.K.'s Housing Legacy

Terri Ludwig | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

On a sunny July day in 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took the stage at Chicago's Soldier Field before a crowd of 35,000 supporters. Building off m...

The Week to Week News Quiz for 1/17/14

John Zipperer | Posted 03.19.2014 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

There was a surprising amount of news about money and agreement about how to spend it this week. Take our Week to Week news quiz and see if your knowledge of the news paid off.

Dangerously Uninformed: Getting News to the Unsheltered

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

Monday's weather was cold, but I could not sense the dangerous "polar vortex" of sub-zero temperatures that newscasters kept warning would descend on the mid-Atlantic that very night. Not for the first time, I wondered about life on the street.

The Bonds and Bounds of Caring

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

Over time, I expanded my "brother" from my actual family to include my physical neighbors, then various communities, and ultimately, heck, the whole darned planet.

Where Mayor de Blasio Can Find Some Real Money

Carol Kellermann | Posted 03.08.2014 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Mayor de Blasio is already committed to pursuing tax changes in Albany (a millionaires' tax needs State approval), and he should make property tax reforms a key element of advocacy.

Why Growing Old In Isolation Isn't An Option For These LGBT Seniors

AP | PATRICK CONDON | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Lucretia Kirby was on her own for the first time in years after her partner's death. She felt stranded in a church-affiliated ass...

Christmas, Without the Cheer

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 02.23.2014 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

Living on the streets is a miserable, painful existence, fraught with physical and emotional difficulties. Maybe the holidays are the straw that breaks the camel's back. Or maybe they are just the burden of yet another straw.

May Memories of Sugarplums Dance In Their Heads

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

For lots of different reasons, our clients generally are not currently in close contact with their families; if they were, they might not be sleeping on the streets. But they have families, of course, and they have memories of them.

Failure at the Finish Line: How the Bloomberg Administration Increased Family Homelessness

Ralph da Costa Nunez | Posted 02.09.2014 | New York
Ralph da Costa Nunez

Family homelessness is not a one-dimensional issue -- that not all families become homeless for the same reason.Without coming to grips with these realities, those in the Bloomberg administration were never able to get ahead of the issue.

20 Things The Poor Really Do Everyday That The Rich Never Have To Worry About

www.alternet.org | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact

Financial advisor and evangelical Christian Dave Ramsey probably wasn’t expecting this much pushback when he shared a piece contrasting the habits ...

A Christmas Story Gone Horribly Wrong: Sometimes There Isn't Even a Manger

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Amy L. Freeman

This December 9th is the due date of a woman I will probably never meet. She lives in a tarpaulin-tent in some woods behind a convenience store, in a Maryland town a few miles north of where I sit right now. Few of our clients are expectant women, but it's not unheard of.

Building Communities of Opportunity

Jonathan F.P. Rose | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Jonathan F.P. Rose

In the next 40 years, the population in the United States is projected to grow by more than 90 million people, with the majority of the expansion occurring in our nation's cities.

The Saddest List I've Ever Seen

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 01.25.2014 | DC
Amy L. Freeman

Whatever one's religion, the sheer noise of this season must scratch open those wounds. The outpouring of holiday offerings from kind-hearted souls are much-needed band-aids, but our clients have injuries that need stitches or surgery.