Housing

How Wealthy Towns Keep People With Housing Vouchers Out

Section 8 vouchers should give low-income people the opportunity to live outside poor communities. But discriminatory landlords, exclusionary zoning and the federal government’s hands-off approach leave recipients with few places to call home.

The Places Where Growth in Home Values Could Lag in 2020

New survey results offer predictions for where gains in home values could be strongest and weakest during the year ahead.

America’s Love Affair with Single-Family Housing Is Cooling, but It Won’t Be a Quick Breakup

COMMENTARY | In the past year, Minneapolis and the state of Oregon have voted to allow multi-unit housing in neighborhoods where currently only single-family homes are allowed.

These Are The Most Highly Regulated Housing Markets

A new study finds that a number of coastal metropolitan areas have some of the most stringent guidelines for residential development.

With New Democratic Majority, Virginia Sees a Push for Denser Housing

Facing an affordability crisis, the state is floating an “upzoning” bill that would legalize duplex housing in any place that currently bans it.

Lessons on Rebuilding Low-Cost Rental Units After A Disaster

The National Low Income Housing Coalition examined the loss of low-cost rental housing in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy, recommending steps that can be taken by other communities to preserve or rebuild.

The Lasting Health Effects of Moving to a Wealthier Neighborhood

New research found that young children from low-income families who moved to neighborhoods with less poverty through housing vouchers spent less on health care as adults.

HUD Spends Millions on Lead Abatement. Why Are Public Housing Authorities Still Struggling?

An estimated 62,000 public housing units around the country need lead abatement.

The Right to Eviction Counsel Is Gaining Momentum

As New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio expands tenant protections, a pair of U.S. senators introduce the Eviction Crisis Act to help renters get legal help.

Cities Increasingly Enacting Bans Restricting Homeless People, Report Says

In the last three years, more cities have prohibited camping, sleeping in public, sharing food, and living in vehicles.

Fix California’s Housing Crisis, Activists Say. But Which One?

As a controversy over vacancy in the Bay Area and Los Angeles reveals, advocates disagree about what kind of housing should be built, and where.

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Concerned About Her City's Lack of Affordable Housing, a Councilwoman Decided to Build Some

Jillian Johnson, mayor pro tem of Durham, N.C., is constructing a duplex next to her house with the goal of renting its two units to low-income families who need stable housing.

Congress Questions Airbnb Over Scam Host Allegations, Compliance With Local Laws

Six members of the U.S. House of Representatives wrote to Airbnb to request a briefing to address concerns about the company’s ability to vet rentals.

The West’s Population Boom Leads to Development Backlash

Heavy traffic and rising home prices are some of the downsides to having more residents.

State AG to Investigate Findings of Discrimination by Realtors

A multi-year investigation by Newsday found a range of troubling practices by real estate agents on Long Island, New York.

What a Trillion-Dollar Housing Pledge Looks Like

Representative Ilhan Omar’s Homes for All Act would fund the construction of 12 million new homes in the U.S. over 10 years, mostly as public housing.

How One City Council Member Plans to Make Renting Less Expensive

Security deposits can eat up most of renters’ savings. One elected official in Cincinnati wants to offer a different option.

A Green New Deal for Public Housing

The Green New Deal for Public Housing Act would commit up to $180 billion over a decade to upgrading 1.2 million federally owned homes.

What Role Can Manufactured Homes Play in Affordable Housing?

Members of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs expressed support for a bill that would encourage state and local governments to consider manufactured homes as part of affordable housing strategies.

What’s Missing From Apple’s $2.5 Billion Housing Plan

Apple is the latest tech giant to commit funds to California’s housing crisis. But experts say the largest barrier to housing is not money; it's political will.