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Tag Archives: Affordable Housing

April 3, 2017
Dallas’s Connection Between Housing and Road-Building
Dallas Morning News

SB 1251 would in no way raise sufficient funds to address the housing crisis in Texas. And it cannot replace other homeless programs slated for elimination. But it would bring focus on the housing crisis we see every day on our travels and commutes.

Miami Affordable Housing Blocked By Developers
Miami New Times

Florida lawmakers have, over the past ten years, quietly siphoned $1.3 billion away from a $1.8 billion, statewide fund for affordable housing, the Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times Tallahassee Bureau reported Friday.

April 2, 2017
Requiring Affordable Units Misses Key Problem

Instead obsessing over affordability in high-demand places, we should be saying, “Great, we have a really successful city, but we also want to have a city with certain professional, service, and demographic characteristics,” and then design appropriate housing policy.

March 30, 2017
Housing Must Be A Human Right
The Globe and Mail

Toronto’s overheated housing market is now being called a crisis, and evidence has been offered to support wildly divergent opinions on its causes. Some suggest it’s a problem of unprecedented demand for housing; others say it’s all about lack of sufficient supply. Actually, it’s neither.

March 29, 2017
March 27, 2017
Zoning Capacity Vs. Housing Supply
Austin Contrarian

The key number housing number being bandied about is 135,000: the ten-year housing unit target recommended by Austin’s new housing plan. Before we get too far into this debate, though, we should know the difference between housing supply and zoning capacity.

March 26, 2017
Housing Expansion Can’t Meet Lexington’s Needs
Lexington Herald-Ledger

Lexington is currently updating its Comprehensive Plan, providing an opportunity with this update to responsibly respond to changing demographics by recommitting to infill and redevelopment as our primary growth strategy.

Housing as Infrastucture: A Proposal for Ben Carson

I’d challenge folks from the Trump administration to join a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders, my colleagues, and me on a journey. Start in Appalachia and ask the folks there if federal infrastructure investment in housing would be wise.

March 22, 2017
Project Seeks One-Stop Shopping For ADUs
Portland Tribune

Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions is using the ‘Solarize’ model to make it easier to add backyard homes.

Saving Nashville’s Mixed Income Community
The Tennessean

The very success of Nashville’s redevelopment has now created the urgent need for dedicated funding for inclusive low-income housing. Fortunately there is a just, practical way to ensure that the widely-shared goal of a diverse, mixed-income neighborhood is supported.

March 21, 2017
March 20, 2017
Section 8 Fight Puts Spotlight On Minneapolis Housing Authority

The law proposed by the three council members would amend Minneapolis’ civil rights ordinances to prohibit discrimination in real estate by adding “status with regard to public assistance” to a list of factors that landlords can’t use when choosing tenants.

The High Cost of Non-Profit Subsidized Housing
Smart Growth Seattle

I’ve been pointing out the high cost of affordable housing for awhile now. I have referred to the cost by talking about the cost per unit, and highlighting the 12th Avenue Arts project on Capitol Hill in particular.

March 19, 2017
Why Not Build More Classical Architecture?
The Spectator

There is a fair amount of research suggesting that traditional architecture, such as Georgian and Victorian terraces and mansion blocks, contributes to our wellbeing. Beauty makes people happy. So why aren’t we building more of it?

Berlin’s Grass-Roots Fight Against Gentrification
New York Times

Housing prices have soared in fashionable Berlin neighborhoods like Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. Under pressure from a growing grass-roots movement, the city has put in place measures to fight gentrification.

CA Housing Bills Abound with Support for Building, Renters
Los Angeles Times

For decades, federal and state politicians have subsidized homeowners, most prominently through giving them the ability to deduct interest from their home mortgages on their taxes. Would California reverse the trend?

March 16, 2017
21st Century Utopia: Cities Without Slums

In the past decade or so, new technologies, including better land mapping, prefabricated construction and cheaper solar power, have begun bringing the costs of housing down 20 percent to 30 percent, say experts. Could this help build housing in slums?

March 14, 2017
Affordable Housing Investment Has Ripple Effects
Next City

A cut to HUD funding would have a tremendous impact on affordable housing. NLIHC estimates that if the rumored budget is enacted, 200,000 housing vouchers, 10,000 housing units for seniors and 6,800 units for people with disabilities would be lost.

March 13, 2017
Affordable Housing Is In More Places Than You Think
Seattle Times

Beyond Seattle’s skyrocketing housing prices, an affordability problem looms larger for millions of families nationwide. This is the rental prices that the lowest income encounter — and they’re brutal.

March 12, 2017
State of California May Step In To Fair Housing Debate
California Planning & Development Report

Now that federal government seems likely to pull the plug on the federal Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, California is considering several counterveiling steps, including a state law backstopping the rule.

Sacramento Won’t Fix CA’s Housing Woes
Streetsblog Cal

A report by California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office released Wednesday lays out the limits of state power to solve California’s worsening housing crisis.


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