There's No Shortage of Sh**ty Housing

In this issue: Will NY Pass Landmark Tenants' Right to Counsel? ● Homelessness to Homeownership in 9 Months ● Does State-Level CRA Make Any Sense?
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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Rest Assured, There's No Shortage of Sh**ty Housing

Jamaal Green, Portland State University
Emily Washington argues that "middle-class sensibilities" pose a significant barrier to the construction of affordable units. She's wrong. Here's why . . . More

Will New York Pass Landmark Right to Counsel for Tenants?
Lillian Ortiz, Shelterforce
Ninety percent of landlords in housing court have lawyers, while only 10 percent of tenants do. New York is betting they could improve their homelessness rate if they could change that ratio. Will they succeed?  More

From Homelessness to Homeownership in Nine Months. It's Possible

Doug Ryan, CFED
In Grand Rapids, Michigan, families can go from homelessness to homeownership in less than a year. How do they do it? More

Does State-Level CRA Make Any Sense?
Josh Silver, NCRC
When practitioners in the affordable housing and community development field think about the Community Reinvestment Act, they think about the federal CRA. But can states do a better job?  More

You Said It!

On Two Presidential Affordable Housing Platforms
As a person who works for a nonprofit affordable housing builder, I am more than saddened that these two "only hopes" for a Democratic president have not broadened their understanding of the housing crisis in America. It is beyond comprehension that those in power are unaware of what is happening to the middle, lower-middle and lower-income people in our country. Our last building had 42 one-bedroom units for low-income people, and over 2,000 applications. It is the same everywhere and worse. I would like someone to . . . --Barbara Hamaker

On Harvard Planners Talk Race, Design, and St. Louis
For a long time, Rutgers University planning school had very little to offer on the way of design. That has changed, for the better, with the addition of design courses that embody the realization that design needs to meet public policy goals. --Bob Kull via Facebook

Planning is an interdisciplinary discipline by nature. There is a need for planners who have a talent for the design aspect and those who take the policy perspective--and the connection between the two.
--Kimberley Mickelson via Facebook

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Featured Bloggers
Center for Health, Environment
& Justice

Murtaza Baxamusa
Sol Price School of Public Policy, USC

Housing Assistance Council

Michael Bodaken
National Housing Trust

Raphael Bostic
USC Price School of Public Policy

Janis Bowdler
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

HOPE Credit Union

Burlington Associates

Democracy Collaborative

Ana Garcia-Ashley
Gamaliel Foundation

Jamaal Green
Portland State University

Texas Low Income Housing Information Service

Lisa Hodges
Hodges Development, LLC

Planner, Louisa County, Va.

National CAPACD

Rick Jacobus
Street Level Advisors

Daniel Kravetz
Freelance Writer


Center for Community Progress

Alexandra Moffett-Bateau
City University of New York

Tulane University

Habitat for Humanity

National Urban League


Center on Budget and Policy Priorities  


San Francisco Community 
Land Trust

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Publisher, Harold Simon

Assistant Publisher, Terri L. Clegg