Housing

Cities, States Halt Evictions During Coronavirus Pandemic

Growing numbers of cities and states are pausing evictions to help workers who've lost income during the coronavirus outbreak.

Local Housing Authorities Give Themselves Perfect Scores. Renters Disagree.

Nine in 10 local housing authorities say they’re doing well at helping the poor find housing in nice areas. But those who use Section 8 vouchers say the process is “hell.”

Local Leaders Talk Solutions to Rising Costs of Living

At an event in Washington D.C., mayors and city council members spoke about the need for local solutions helping people cope with the increased costs of housing, child care and health care.

Victims of NIMBYism, Unite

COMMENTARY | Solving the housing crisis means organizing everyone who suffers when communities block the construction of new apartments.

In a First, Seattle City Council Moves to Ban Winter Evictions

If the measure is signed by Mayor Jenny Durkan, the city would prohibit evictions of low- and moderate-income renters during the coldest months.

Financial Pressure From Rent is Moving Up the Income Ladder

"Ultimately, we're in a rental affordability crisis,” says a researcher who worked on a new report that looks at this and other rental housing trends.

More States See Zoning as Lever to Lower Housing Costs

Some affordable housing advocates say not all new development is created equal.

America Is Overrun With Bathrooms

COMMENTARY | In the past half century, the number of bathrooms per American has doubled.

American Housing Is Insane

COMMENTARY | Approximately half of the Manhattan luxury-condo units that have come onto the market in the past five years are still unsold.

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.