It’s Time to End the Affordable Housing Crisis Once and For All
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar · StarTribune · Nov 22, 2019
On a single night, more than 10,000 people in Minnesota were homeless last year — the highest number ever recorded.
Latest Metropolitan Council Growth Forecast
· Metropolitan Council · Nov 2019
Regional forecast: Household growth revised downward; population growth expected to slow.
Researchers Assess Link Between Healthcare and Evictions
Jared Brey · Next City · Nov. 2019
A new study suggests that expanding access to healthcare for low-income people is associated with a significant reduction in the rate of evictions.
The Inflation Gap
Annie Lowery · The Atlantic · Nov 2019
A new analysis indicates that rising prices have been quietly taxing low-income families more heavily than rich ones.
Secrets of the World’s Most Livable City
David Dudley · CityLab · Oct 29, 2019
Viennese lawmaker Maria Vassilakou explains why the Austrian capital ranks so high on quality-of-life rankings, despite its rapidly growing population.
Secret Deal Helped Housing Industry Stop Tougher Rules on Climate Change
Christopher Flavelle · The New York Times · October 26, 2019
A secret agreement has allowed the nation’s homebuilders to make it much easier to block changes to building codes that would require new houses to better address climate change, according to documents reviewed by The New York Times.
The arrangement, in place for years, guarantees industry representatives a bloc of seats on two powerful committees that recommend building codes.
When the Dream of Owning a Home Became a Nightmare
Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor · The New York Times · October 19, 2019
A federal program to encourage black homeownership in the 1970s ended in a flood of foreclosures.
“Racial discrimination persisted in the new market because it was good business, not simply because the industry was stuck in its old ways. Our failure to fully recognize this history has meant that housing policy continues to uncritically revolve around market-based solutions even as black homeownership rates fall to historic lows. It’s hard to uproot these predatory practices because race has been so important to the real estate industry’s bottom line.”
Prof. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is Asst. Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. She is an expert on housing policy.
Separated by Design: How Some of America’s Richest Towns Fight Affordable Housing
Lylla Younes and Beena Raghavendran · ProPublica · May 22, 2019
In southwest Connecticut, the gap between rich and poor is wider than anywhere else in the country. Invisible walls created by local zoning boards and the state government block affordable housing and, by extension, the people who need it.
Financially insecure residents can cost cities millions
Diana Elliott · Urban.org · Jan 21, 2017
Beyond watching their bottom line, cities have a moral imperative to care about residents’ financial health. Can a city be great if only some residents are thriving? Can a city be successful if many residents are close to financial ruin because of a spell of unemployment or a broken down car? Empowering residents with the financial tools to prosper moves cities closer to being more equitable to all who call it home.
Housing Costs, Zoning, and Access to High-Scoring Schools
Jonathan Rothwell – Brookings – 19 April 2012 · Brookings · April 19, 2012
As the nation grapples with the growing gap between rich and poor and an economy increasingly reliant on formal education, public policies should address housing market regulations that prohibit all but the very affluent from enrolling their children in high-scoring public schools in order to promote individual social mobility and broader economic security.
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