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Tag Archives: Affordable Housing

June 25, 2017
Denver’s Displaced Pushed to New Pockets of Poverty
Denver Post

This inevitable march of progress into neighborhoods that once were affordable for a city’s lowest-income workers was dubbed “a racial and class diaspora” by Portland’s director of housing at Denver’s housing summit last month. And that’s no exaggeration.

The Role of Nonprofits in the U.S.’s Housing Challenge
Urban Research and Practice (abstract)

After providing relevant background about affordable rental housing programs in the United States; the overall size of the U.S. social housing sector; and the level of subsidies for housing, the article focuses on the key challenges facing the nonprofit housing sector.

June 22, 2017
June 21, 2017
10 Surprising Findings from the State of the Nation’s Housing Report
Housing Perspectives

Given all the time and effort that goes analyzing the data and writing the report, we are so close to it that little surprises us by the time of publication. Nevertheless, here are 10 findings in this year’s report that were new and maybe even a bit surprising.

June 20, 2017
The Unaffordable Urban Paradise
MIT Technology Review

Tech startups helped turn a handful of metro areas into megastars. Now they’re tearing those cities apart.

June 19, 2017
High-Rise Solution to Affordable City Living Has Failed
The Sydney Morning Herald

The Grenfell Tower fire in London may have been preventable with better oversight and renovation technology. But there is a strong reason why it wasn’t prevented: high-rise buildings aren’t suitable for public housing.

20 Years Later, What HOPE VI Can Teach Us

Affordable housing programs are at great risk of elimination under the current administration. In this uncertain climate, what can we learn from a program that leveraged private interest while aspiring to be a protector of affordable housing?

June 18, 2017
The Cost of L.A.’s Popularity
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles remains a destination for people from around the world, many of them young, skilled and creative. They move here for culture, commerce, climate — or all three. That’s a situation many cities can only envy, but success comes at a cost.

Affordable Housing Difficult For Many Texas Urban Dwellers
Texas Tribune

A new Harvard study found that Americans — especially poorer ones — are having a harder time find a suitable place to call home. Texas lawmakers, experts and development industry leaders say there are plenty of reasons why that’s true here, too.

June 15, 2017
Seattle’s Wealthy Responsible for Affordable Housing

Like the wage fight, a massive public housing program funded by taxing the rich won’t just happen on its own. We will have to build a huge movement to demand city action. But as Seattle continues to grow, time grows more urgent.

June 12, 2017
New San Antonio Mayor To Focus on Transit, Affordable Housing

In the Alamo City, the mayor’s race ended in an upset, as an incumbent running for re-election was defeated for the first time in two decades. Ron Nirenberg has already begun planning his first 100 days in office, focusing on transportation and housing.

June 11, 2017
Home Building Slowed As Cities Try To Tame Growth
USA Today

A report by the National Association of Home Builders last year found that from 2011 to 2016, regulatory costs to build an average house had increased from about $65,000 to $85,000, or 30%, and continue to make up a quarter of the price of a home.

June 7, 2017
June 5, 2017
Miami CEOs Concerned With Lack of Affordable Housing
Miami Herald

This week’s question to the Miami Herald CEO Roundtable: How does the local affordable housing shortage impact your business? What do you think are potential solutions to workforce housing costs?


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