Affordable Housing

An aerial view of Los Angeles at dawn, with Westlake and MacArthur Park in the foreground and Downtown Los Angeles in the background.

Did L.A.’s Supportive Housing Bond Fail?

Six years after Prop HHH was passed, the fund appears to be delivering on its housing construction goals in the 10-year timeline. But the measure is being routinely criticized on all sides.

August 11, 2022 - Shelterforce Magazine

Encampment of unhoused people in Sacramento, California with freeway in the background

Judge Bars Sacramento Encampment Sweeps

Advocates for unhoused people are calling on the city and county to provide more resources for supportive housing, open more cooling centers, and build more shelter beds.

August 7, 2022 - KCRA

View looking down on construction of multiple buildings in San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center District

San Francisco Housing Construction Far Slower Than Other Tech Hubs

Experts blame high land and construction costs and restrictive regulations for San Francisco’s dismal rate of housing construction, which lags behind other fast-growing cities like Austin and Seattle.

August 3, 2022 - San Francisco Chronicle

Front view of Art Deco 1933 Los Angeles County General Hospital building

Massive, Vacant L.A. Hospital To Become Affordable Housing

The historic building will be redeveloped with over 500 housing units and supportive services on site.

August 1, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

Trailer Parks

Destigmatizing Manufactured Housing

It’s time to rethink the negative stereotypes and acknowledge the key role mobile home parks can play in solving the affordable housing crisis.

July 31, 2022 - The Conversation

Wooden duplex home with two driveways in Arlington, Virginia

Missing Middle Housing as an Antidote to Redlining

New research suggests that missing middle housing could help make more affordable housing available to Arlington residents, particularly Black households historically blocked from homeownership in many neighborhoods.

July 29, 2022 - ARLnow

Single-family homes in a suburb of Dallas, Texas

North Texas HOA Effectively Bans Section 8 Recipients

Housing and civil rights advocates warn that the community’s rule instituting fines on landlords who rent to housing voucher recipients will disproportionately affect Black families.

July 27, 2022 - Texas Tribune

A row of Victorian homes in San Francisco, California

Whose History Is Being Preserved, Exactly?

As the housing crisis continues, advocates are increasingly wary of historic preservation efforts that serve to perpetuate historic inequities and keep housing costs high.

July 26, 2022 - San Francisco Examiner

The interior of a multi-story apartment building includes a children's' playground and a colorful mural.

La Placita Cinco: A Strip Mall Redevelopment for Housing Affordability and Neighborhood Revitalization

U.S. cities lack land for new development but have many derelict or defunct parcels in need of revitalization. There are an estimated 70,000 strip mall centers in the country, all with tremendous potential for affordable and workforce housing.

July 21, 2022 - Tim Mustard

San Diego skyline and apartment buildings

San Diego Not Meeting State Housing Goals

Based on the number of permits issued for new construction in the last year, the city must triple its production to meet the targets set by the state in the latest round of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment.

July 20, 2022 - Voice of San Diego

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