Housing

Affordable Housing Can't Just Be a Local Priority, City Leaders Say

A new National League of Cities report lays out recommendations for the federal government and highlights steps individual cities have taken to address their housing needs.

Without Parking, Thousands of Americans Who Live in Vehicles Have Nowhere to Go

COMMENTARY | There is no official method for counting people who live in their vehicles.

Oregon’s Single-Family Zoning Ban Was a ‘Long Time Coming’

The state’s new upzoning bill would be historic. But Oregon has long been a pioneer in tight land-use controls that promote dense urban development.

The Lingering, Unresolved Battle Over Short-Term Rentals in One California City

Almost a year after San Diego first passed restrictions on rentals marketed on Airbnb and other platforms, only to rescind them months later, the issue is still unsettled. Now, it has moved to the state Legislature.

Minimum Wage Still Can’t Pay For A Two-Bedroom Apartment Anywhere

The 30th anniversary edition of the National Low Income Housing Coalition report, “Out of Reach,” shows that housing affordability is getting worse, not better.

Los Angeles Is in Crisis. So Why Isn’t It Building More Housing?

COMMENTARY | Rising rents are feeding a surge in homelessness.

How Should We Define the Suburbs?

Based on census boundaries, ways of life, and physical characteristics, respectively, three new definitions offer a composite portrait of American suburbia.

Are McMansions Making Everyone Unhappy?

Homes have gotten bigger, but Americans aren’t any more pleased with the extra space.

Wraparound Support is Key to Keeping Families Out of the Child Welfare System, Report Says

The analysis of a grant program that paired supportive services with permanent housing finds that these interventions decrease interactions with the child welfare system.

Childhood Asthma: A Lingering Effect of Redlining

New research shows that disparities in housing contribute to disparities in one of the most common chronic diseases afflicting children.

Separated by Design: How Some of America’s Richest Towns Fight Affordable Housing

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.

Public Housing Authorities Reel as HUD Singles Out Immigrants

HUD chief Ben Carson says waitlists are too long to house undocumented immigrants.

Despite Resistance, Cities Turn to Density to Tackle Housing Inequality

Residential "upzoning” policies being adopted from Minneapolis to Seattle were once politically out of the question. Now they’re just politically fraught.

California Housing Development Proposal Shelved in Legislature

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Illinois governor vows changes at the state child welfare agency … Santa Monica, California, bans micro housing units … Connecticut moves to establish offshore wind turbines.

‘Build More Housing’ Is No Match for Inequality

A new analysis finds that liberalizing zoning rules and building more won’t solve the urban affordability crisis, and could exacerbate it.

In 10 Years, Half Of Middle-Income Elders Won’t Be Able To Afford Housing, Medical Care

More than half of middle-income seniors by 2029 will have annual financial resources of $60,000 or less, a new study found.

An Island of Silicon Valley Affordability Says Yes to More Housing

East Palo Alto is surrounded by tech riches, but that hasn’t necessarily helped longtime residents, who welcome a state law mandating zoning reform.

Where ‘Returning Citizens’ Find Housing After Prison

There is a housing crisis among the formerly incarcerated, particularly among those recently released from prison.

This ‘Innovative’ Housing Program Serves Just 3 Households

Denver has struggled to get a housing voucher program off the ground, so far enticing only one local employer to join the program to help subsidize rent for workers.