Housing

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.

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?

Young and Homeless in Washington, D.C.

Young adults who find themselves homeless often require a different approach and set of services. Urban Institute's Serena Lei looks at the issue in the nation's capital and beyond.

This Region’s Home Prices Are Being Hit Hard by SALT Deduction Changes

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Super Typhoon Yutu’s destruction … Missing vote-by-mail applications in Ga. … Wis.’s slipping DMV performance … and Philly City Council honors Gritty mascot.

San Diego City Council Does an About-Face on Airbnb Rules

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Hep A jump in Florida county … calls for “forensic audit” of Philly’s IT infrastructure … and should corrupt lawmakers have names stripped from roads?

Snapshots of America’s Homelessness Crisis in 4 Cities

From Seattle to Akron to Los Angeles and Minneapolis, here’s how local leaders and others are trying to provide shelter—or deny shelter—to those who desperately need stable housing.

Owning Real Estate Has Not Panned Out for Many African-Americans

In nearly a fifth of the ZIP codes where most homeowners are black, home values have decreased since 2000, compared with only 2 percent of ZIP codes where black homeowners are not the majority.

In Shift, States Step in on Affordable Housing

More and more, states are getting involved in housing issues that used to be just local government affairs, including preempting their authority.

San José and Airbnb Partner to Provide Emergency Temporary Housing

After severe flooding last year, the city hopes to have shelter lined up ahead of time for the next disaster.

Rent Control Gearing Up to Be One of California’s Biggest Ballot Measure Fights on Election Day

Proponents say it is necessary in an increasingly unaffordable housing market, but many local government officials say passing Prop 10 will pave the way for tenant rights groups to run roughshod over elected representatives.

Airbnb Operator Seeks to Appeal More Than $1 Million in City Fines

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | 6 cases of rare illness in Minnesota … broken Texas voter registration link … and the steel cage protecting Jersey City’s water supply.

This City Wants to Reverse Segregation by Reviving Neighborhoods

Dallas is trying to target its housing spending to combat segregation. But critics say that approach will leave behind some of the poorest black communities.

Elizabeth Warren’s Ambitious Fix for America’s Housing Crisis

The Massachusetts Democrat introduced legislation that takes aim at segregation, redlining, restrictive zoning, and the loss of equity by low-income homeowners.

Testing Out Faster and Flexible Ways to Deploy Homeless Shelters and Services

Modular housing pilot projects in King County, Washington aim to create flexible and replicable prototypes of how to expand the number of beds and provide 24/7 case management.

Despite Economy, Working Families Struggle to Make Ends Meet

A recent report from the Urban Institute examined families' ability to pay for basic needs.

Minnesota’s Largest Homeless Camp Is in a Race Against Colder Weather

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Outflanking New York state’s stubborn legislature … an independent auditing office for Mass. State Police … and L.A.’s new golden Gold tribute.