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Affordable Housing

18 hours ago
Affordable housing providers have touted the connections between health and the places where people live for years. In a small city outside of Boston, the evidence is incontrovertible.
Shelterforce Magazine
19 hours ago
Seattle is one of the U.S. cities shrinking minimum parking requirements to allow for denser, more affordable development near transit.
Transfers Magazine
To keep up with affordable housing demand, Snohomish County needs to add 200,000 units by 2050. Planned light rail stations could be the ticket.
The Urbanist
2 days ago
Rent control was dealt another high-profile setback in California, and the Green New Deal is a hot button issue stuck in limbo in Congress. Both efforts got the go-ahead from voters in Portland, Maine in November.
Next City
November 25, 2020, 10am PST
Many cities in California are too expensive for the firefighters, teachers, and nurses that provide essential professional services. Anaheim is hoping to leverage a new statewide program to put a significant dent in that housing challenge.
Fox 11 Los Angeles
November 19, 2020, 8am PST
Neither evidence nor experience support the fearful visions expressed by opponents to affordable housing development, according to a recent feature article for the New York Times.
The New York Times
November 18, 2020, 9am PST
The California State Auditor's office is proposing an overhaul of the state's approach to affordable housing development, citing the cost burdens of the housing market as proof of the necessity for change.
Auditor of the State of California
November 18, 2020, 6am PST
Toronto could legalize rooming houses, also known as multi-tenant or lodging houses, in an effort to bring the city's many unpermitted examples of this low-income affordable housing type up to humane standards of health and safety.
Yahoo News via Toronto Star
November 12, 2020, 12pm PST
California voters, with a reputation for liberal politics, have repeatedly refused to approve statewide rent control laws at the ballot box.
Los Angeles Times
November 12, 2020, 5am PST
The city of Philadelphia offers a case study for the challenges and potential benefits of home repair programs.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
November 5, 2020, 7am PST
To rent or to buy? A study from AARP and the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University weights the cost and benefits of each scenario for Americans 65 and older.
yahoo! Finance
November 5, 2020, 5am PST
A growing number of congressional representatives serving the city of New York support aggressive public investment in housing programs.
November 4, 2020, 11am PST
Phoenix is centering housing—affordable housing, permanent supportive housing, and eviction protections—in a new planning framework designed to reduce the number of homeless people living on the streets of the city.
Arizona Republic
October 26, 2020, 11am PDT
How an ambiguous legal definition is endangering nonprofits’ control of dozens of affordable housing developments in the final years of their tax credit agreements.
Shelterforce Magazine
October 26, 2020, 8am PDT
The cost of parking won't be passed down to residents at a newly approved multi-family residential development in Charlotte.
Charlotte Observer
October 21, 2020, 8am PDT
It will take a combination of local, provincial, and federal funding, but Vancouver, B.C. recently approved the most ambitious vision anywhere in North America to directly address homelessness and housing affordability challenges.
Globe and Mail
October 16, 2020, 8am PDT
Fort Worth business owners plan to promote the Near Southside area as a hub for artists and entrepreneurs.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
October 14, 2020, 6am PDT
Two new buildings are under construction at Hunters Point South and will contain 719 units of affordable housing.
The New York Times
October 12, 2020, 12pm PDT
There are significant differences between Proposition 21, a statewide rent control measure on the ballot in California, compared to a similar measure defeated soundly by voters in 2018.
Los Angeles Times
October 7, 2020, 9am PDT
As California moves to hold local governments accountable for housing production goals, a report finds a 900,000-unit discrepancy. Offered here is the Embarcadero Institute's response to criticism received regarding the report's conclusions.
The Planning Report