Done Waiting for Feds, States Step Up on Housing

Also: Social Entrepreneurs Need to Know This ● Earned Income Should Not Replace Public Funding ● Helping Seniors Age in Place
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Done Waiting for Feds, State and Local Governments Step Up on Housing

Daniel McCue, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies
Some state and local governments are no longer waiting for federal funds to help alleviate the affordable housing crisis. Here are some ways they're working to keep and add to their stock, but will it be enough?    More

Jenifer Kaminsky

Starting a Social Enterprise? You Need to Know This

Jenifer Kaminsky, Buffalo Neighborhood Stabilization Company
This CDC knew what it was doing in most aspects of its new business line. But one thing it hadn't thought of nearly brought the endeavor to the brink of disaster. In the end, it was an easy fix.   More

Earned Income Shouldn't Replace Public Funding for Community Development

Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
Our original plan for "Getting Beyond the Developer Fee" was to seek out community-based organizations that were actively trying to back away from developer fees. We found none. We did find, however. . .  More

Jonathan Reckford

Housers: Seniors Need You to Branch Out

Jonathan Reckford, Habitat for Humanity International

Aging in place brings a host of benefits to seniors and communities, but housing groups will need to move beyond standard new construction programs to support it, by. . .   More

You Said It!

It's unfortunate that many families who were suckered into bad loans are living with the consequences of mortgage exploitation. And, yes, many of those families continue to rent to this day. But, this blanket assumption that homeownership should be . . . --Chris, more 

Ownership doesn't always mean detached single family home ownership. The ownership rate in Italy is higher than the U.S. but that comes in the form of . . . --Eric, more

I recently heard a director of social services state that, in a recent Point-in-Time Count . . . only three persons were counted as homeless. However, according to the public school bus driver that picked up 40 children each day from two local hotels in the small community, the number of homeless far exceeds the three persons identified . . . --David Cooper, more

Nan, I share your policy analysis and appreciate your optimism. Yet in 2016 cities up and down the West Coast are setting new records for encampments. NYC homelessness has also gotten worse. Meanwhile, the nation's housing and homelessness crisis is . . . --Randy Shaw, more

I think it is clear, just not apparent enough, that there is certainly one Presidential candidate who has acknowledged the need for better housing policy and . . . --Angela Shuckahosee, more

Is it possible we in the urbanist universe are experiencing a choir effect? It feels like we are part of a "movement," that we have some critical mass, but if I step through the veil to . . . --Adam Tauno Williams, more

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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

Shelterforce Weekly

Senior Editor, Lillian M. Ortiz

Associate Editor, Keli Tianga

Publisher, Harold Simon

Assistant Publisher, Terri L. Clegg