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Tag Archives: Affordable Housing

June 5, 2017
Oakland’s Affordable Housing Growth Slows
East Bay Express

Oakland’s newest annual affordable housing report, summarizing building permits issued in 2016, shows that while market-rate apartments and homes are filling up the city’s construction pipeline, new affordable housing projects have virtually disappeared.

NJ’s Tax Credit Changes Breaking Up Concentrated Poverty

A recent examination by New Jersey Future has found that strategic changes in the way federal funds are allocated for affordable housing in the state have meant that many more affordable housing projects toward areas that offer greater economic opportunity.

June 4, 2017
The New Faces of Suburbia
Christian Science Monitor

Once the emblem of middle-class whites, suburbs are America’s new melting pot, creating diversity but also tensions.

California Farm Workers Face Increasingly Hostile Communities
Los Angeles Times

The “urban farm homes” nestled along a cul-de-sac off an old farm road in Nipomo, Calif., had lofted floor plans with more than 2,500 square feet of living space — “perfect … for multi-generational living,” the advertisements boasted.

June 1, 2017
May 31, 2017
Nashville’s New Affordable Housing Idea Cuts Out Developers
Nashville Public Radio

Nashville is looking for fresh ways to deal with its lack of affordable housing. And its newest idea uses a $25 million loan to rehab, buy or build new housing. It sounds straightforward, but there’s one catch: The city has to stay on and manage the units.

Segregation: What NIMBYism Really Is
Next City

The benefits of desegregation have not reached major metropolitan cities, like Houston, in the United States. Instead, many city governments too quickly acquiesce to pervasive NIMBY arguments.

May 30, 2017
YIMBY Advocacy Group Sues City of Berkeley
The Architects' Newspaper

The San Francisco Bay Area Renters’ Federation (SFBARF) is suing the Berkeley City Council over allegations that the body has repeatedly violated California’s Housing Accountability Act.

May 29, 2017
Vienna’s Model For Housing Sanity
The Globe and Mail

No housing shortage, no waiting lists, no Ponzi scheme-like market scramble. Can Vancouver learn anything from the Austrian way?

Debunking The “Empty House” Theory
Market Urbanism

One common argument against new urban housing runs as follows: “If we build new housing, it will all be bought up by rich investors who will sit on it. So new supply doesn’t restrain housing costs.” This argument strikes me as absurd.

May 25, 2017
Finding The Right Jobs-Housing Fit

We can benefit from a clearer framework for understanding what the housing needs of the Bay Area region actually are and evaluating how housing production is meeting those needs. Jobs-Housing Fit is that framework.

May 24, 2017
Trump Wants More People with Housing Subsidies to Work
Washington Post

President Trump’s budget proposal, announced Tuesday, calls for the most dramatic cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development since President Ronald Reagan slashed the agency’s funding in the early 1980s and leaves a wide opening for introducing work requirements for people who receive federal housing subsidies.

May 23, 2017
Cologne Reinventing 21st Century
Urban Land Institute

Cologne, the fourth-largest city in Germany, is facing a population challenge. In recent years, the “little big city on the Rhine” has grown faster than projected, with a current population exceeding 1 million.

May 19, 2017
Housing Crisis: The Vienna Alternative
Price Tags

Using Vienna as a case study, this lecture explores the relationship of affordable housing to urban planning politics and will discuss historic and current housing policies, not least in a critical cross-analysis with the Vancouver case.

May 14, 2017
Could Austin’s CodeNext Bring Affordable Housing, Density?
Austin American-Statesman

As a part of the efforts to bring more affordable housing to Austin under a massive zoning code rewrite, the city could see far more properties eligible for developer incentives allowing for denser and sometimes larger developments.

High Cost of Affordable Housing Is Not CDCs’ Fault

Do you know what doesn’t help lower the cost of affordable housing? Spuriously blaming some of the organizations that are working hardest to create it in the most difficult situations, or implying that new affordable housing in booming central cities isn’t worth it.

May 11, 2017
May 10, 2017
Portland Mayor: Parking vs. Housing Debate Is Over
Bike Portland

Convenient parking is a problem in parts of Portland, Mayor Ted Wheeler conceded last week. But it’s a smaller problem than housing — and Wheeler says that when the two come in conflict, housing must be the priority.

Section 8 Vouchers Help The Poor, If Housing Is Available

More than 2 million families now use vouchers to keep from becoming homeless. It’s the government’s largest program to help low-income families pay their rent. But Congress had bigger plans when it created the nearly $20 billion program in the 1970s.

May 9, 2017
What’s Behind The U.S.’s Affordable Housing Crisis?
PBS Frontline

Today, in a joint investigation, FRONTLINE and NPR join forces to examine the crisis in affordable housing, exploring why so few people are getting the help they need, and whether government programs designed to aid low-income Americans with rent are working as they should.


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