Microsoft’s Big Pledge to Help Build Affordable Housing in the Seattle Area

The move by the company is “potentially groundbreaking” and an acknowledgment that “government alone cannot really solve” the housing crisis.

Sky-High Affordability Gap Strains Ski Town Economies

Mountain communities across the West huddle in Vail to discuss the challenges of high costs of living, low-paying jobs and a scarcity of places to live.

A Different Kind of Housing Crisis

ANALYSIS | Many of the Trump administration’s most famous policies are impediments to affordable construction.

Shutdown Struggles Loom for Localities in Need of Infrastructure, Affordable Housing Funding

What’s currently a distraction for governments could soon turn into a more serious situation.

U.S. Homelessness Edged Upwards This Year, Federal Report Says

At least one advocacy group points to housing affordability as a key factor. Also on Monday, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced a high-level staff departure.

HUD Took Over a Town’s Housing Authority 22 Years Ago. Now the Authority’s Broke and Residents Are Being Pushed Out.

ProPublica and The Southern Illinoisan look at what is happening in one of Missouri's poorest towns.

Report: Racial Bias Continues to Limit Black Homeowners’ Wealth, Upward Economic Mobility

Homes in majority-black neighborhoods are worth $48,000 less on average than similar ones in neighborhoods with no black residents, research from the Brookings Institution and Gallup says.

A Tough Question in California: Whether to Rebuild in Places That Will Burn Again

Despite the clear and present dangers of the wildland-urban interface, many vow to rebuild in risky spots.

HUD Secretary on Local Housing Regulations: ‘When in Doubt, Cut It Out’

Ben Carson criticized California's state and local rules, saying they exacerbate problems with affordability and contribute to homelessness.

Rent Control Is Making a Comeback. But Is That a Good Idea?

Cities are taking up rent control again, while the issue is also getting some traction in a handful of states.

Wildfire Evacuees Face an Already Tight Housing Market

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Minneapolis upzoning … a Florida mayor’s message to Trump … and the nation’s three disconnected power grids.

'Pretty Much a Failure': HUD Inspections Pass Dangerous Apartments Filled With Rats, Roaches and Toxic Mold

The system for inspecting federally subsidized properties is failing low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities and undermining the agency’s oversight, The Southern Illinoisan and ProPublica have found.

A Growing Need for Aging-in-Place Services in Suburbs and Rural Areas

A new Harvard study found that the share of older adults living in low-density metro census tracts grew by more than 6 million people from 2000 to 2016.

Looming Work Requirements Demand A New Approach to Government Assistance

COMMENTARY | Instituting work requirements does not mean that people get jobs, keep jobs, or advance in jobs. The focus needs to be kept on the end game—economic stability and mobility—not administrative indicators.

Cities Scramble to Shelter Homeless as Bitter Cold Weather Sets In

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Chicago ticket and debt collection reforms … Denver minimum wage … N.C.’s hate crime increase … and an 18-year-old mayor’s agenda.

A New Approach for Families Experiencing Homelessness In Boston

2018 NAVIGATOR AWARD WINNER: Annissa Essaibi-George, Boston City Councilor, City of Boston, Massachusetts.

FEMA Aid Misses Both the Big and Small Picture

COMMENTARY | Houston's experience shows it's time to rethink how we assess damage from natural disasters.

Tech Billionaires’ Obligation to the Cities Around Them

California voters are being asked to tax big corporations to solve local problems. But is that the companies’ responsibility?