Affordable Housing is Hiding in Plain Sight

Week of Monday, July 29
In This Issue: HUD Finally Puts a Landlord on Notice ● Vouchers Approved for Housing After Foster Care ● Opinion: Affordable Housing is Hiding in Plain Sight ● Shelter Shorts ● Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Events +
Paul Brophy, Brophy and Reilly LLC; Carey Shea, Home by Hand Inc.
Two former HUD secretaries recently wrote about the need for states and municipalities to increase production of affordable housing. While important, there are other housing affordability strategies that we must not forget, including . . . Read Full Article
Sandy Rollins, Texas Tenants Union
Landlords aren’t supposed to retaliate against their tenants, but organized residents who repeatedly make repair demands know those rules aren’t being followed. However, HUD finally issued its first-ever violation to a landlord for interfering with a residents’ right to organize. What’s needed now are . . . Read Full Article
John Kelly, The Chronicle of Social Change
How did a group of former foster youths and advocates convince top federal housing officials to support housing for people exiting foster care? Read Full Article
Shelterforce Staff
3 Million Households Taken Off of SNAP? | Social Workers and Libraries Go Together | Land Theft in the Black Community | Basic Income for Newark Residents | And More Quick Takes From Our Editors

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Amy Khare: We look forward to sharing more essays with you and others through Shelterforce. I definitely agree that mixed-income strategies fall within the market-based framework that most housing policies (LIHTC, Inclusionary Housing/Zoning, Vouchers) rely on, and thus are suspect to be implemented in ways that . . . Read More

Katrina Harold: Having a hard time with this as credit score is not predictive of renters’ ability to pay rents but also tends to be the same barriers renter’s face when trying to secure rental housing (higher security deposits, out-right denials). This is problematic because in some instances people’s credit went bad when they had to prioritize rent payment over credit card scores, etc. Including rental . . .  Read More

Alex Tabor: I completely agree about credit scores being a pressing obstacle for many trying to secure affordable rental housing, but is one’s credit score not, at least in significant part, a reflection of the individual’s historic ability to pay for expenses they incurred? I understand how prioritizing rent payments over credit card bills might hurt individuals by . . . Read More

Nerdletta Erdlettanay: Really?!?! Considering the fact that the majority of renters across the country are cost burdened, most living paycheck to paycheck how does adding rent and utility payments not make things even worse for folks who have to . . . Via Facebook

Brandon Brezic: Evictions already show up on background reports, and if they send you to collections it’s on your credit credit report... why not let the positive monthly recurring payments boost credit scores? Via Facebook
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