Boston Tightens Regulatory Screws on Airbnb

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | San Francisco mayor’s election is resolved … St. Louis airport privatization … Alaska governor uses line-item veto … and a “funny looking” but dangerous foam in Michigan.

In No State Can Minimum-Wage Workers Afford a Two-Bedroom Rental

“This will be a problem for the foreseeable future,” said Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, which released a new study Wednesday.

Seattle, Baltimore Take on the Housing Affordability Crisis

The former has houses selling for $820,000 on average, while the latter is saddled with about 16,500 boarded up homes.

Whether Opportunity Zones Help Low Income Residents May Fall On Mayors

City leaders are faced with how to prepare for a major economic development opportunity “with very few guardrails at the federal level.”

Federal Housing and Transportation Spending Bill Moves to Senate

Programs key to local and state government would largely see either steady funding or spending increases.

Housing Affordability Rises on the National Agenda

Corporations are teaming with mayors to boost the issue’s visibility.

Tech-Minded Colorado Has a Bay Area ‘Poaching Strategy’

Those scraping by on six-figure salaries in Silicon Valley may be enticed by this ad campaign.

Quest for Affordable Housing Drives People Away From the Coasts

San Antonio and Phoenix lead population gains between 2016 and 2017, the first time in more than a decade that New York City did not see biggest growth.

How N.Y.C. Is Forging Strategic Partnerships to Address Its Affordability Crisis

The city is already expanding access to computer science education and mental health treatment.

House Panel Advances Spending Bill for HUD and DOT Programs

Community Development Block Grants and "BUILD" infrastructure grants are among the programs the appropriations legislation proposes spending levels for.

Survey Finds Americans are Confident Home Prices Will Rise

The findings are part of Gallup's latest Economy and Personal Finance poll.

Boston Officials Propose 'A Better Deal' for Public Housing

The proposal plans to reinvest in public housing and the 2.2 million lowest-income seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, and other individuals who live in public housing.

Why Most States Are Struggling to Regulate Airbnb

At least 16 states debated bills to regulate the short-term rental industry this year. Only one, Indiana’s, was signed into law.

After Public Fury, SoCal Official Says New Housing for Homeless Will Be ‘Beautiful’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Atlanta’s ransomware deadline ... prairie dog plague vaccine … Philly’s off-the-books rooming house problem … new Wash. state tsunami maps ... and N.Y. governor seeks “new expansive powers.”

Carson Says 'Opportunity Zones' Could Serve as CDBG Substitute

"I suspect we may be asking ourselves: 'How can we use all this money?'" Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said as he touted the program, created in last year's tax overhaul.

Tax Reform Hurt Affordable Housing. This Bill Could Bring Some Back.

“We all know that current federal funding comes nowhere close to meeting the demand,” said Eve O’Toole, Holland and Knight local government group co-leader. “And we’re seeing those costs shifted to local government.”