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Housing Crisis

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 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
November 4, 2020, 10am PST
Land banks and community land trusts are finding new ways to work together in light of the ongoing housing affordability crisis and the new economic pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Land Lines
November 1, 2020, 9am PST
Here’s what the federal government should do to grab the opportunity to create affordable housing.
Shelterforce Magazine
October 29, 2020, 10am PDT
Advocates have sounded alarms since the pandemic's outset about the potential for unprecedented waves of evictions as Americans deal with the economic consequences of the pandemic, but authoritative real-time data on the rental market is lacking.
Brookings
October 28, 2020, 9am PDT
Add the coronavirus pandemic to an already deeply troubled housing market and the Bay Area has a recipe for even more displacement in a region already facing a massive demographic shift.
Sfist
October 27, 2020, 10am PDT
Land use and zoning reform is not a magic wand, and effective changes to any planning regime change requires careful work. A new report Urban Institute provides case studies and guidance on how to achieve desired outcomes from a reform process.
Urban Institute
Feature
October 21, 2020, 12pm PDT
An excerpt from the new book by Shane Phillips, "The Affordable City," published by Island Press.
Shane Phillips
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 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 6, 2020, 5am PDT
Decades of building housing on the fringes of metropolitan areas have mired the United States in a housing affordability crisis defined by a widening gap between the haves and the have nots.
Vox
October 5, 2020, 7am PDT
A major victory in the fight for housing justice has been achieved in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Housing Action
October 4, 2020, 11am PDT
As Americans deal with job losses and ongoing unemployment, rent bills are piling up and a wave of evictions looms on the horizon.
Route Fifty
September 30, 2020, 6am PDT
District council members and local tenant advocates are engaged in a bit of tug of war about how far the District should go to limit the amount landlords can raise rents.
DCist
September 29, 2020, 9am PDT
How to keep affordable apartments and single-family homes out of the hands of institutional investors if the coronavirus pandemic leads to a giant wave of evictions and foreclosures.
Shelterforce Magazine
September 25, 2020, 8am PDT
The final demise of a closely watched, controversial affordable housing project was reported this week in Honolulu.
KITV4
September 22, 2020, 6am PDT
Gregg Lintern, chief planner and executive director of the City Planning Division for Toronto, went before a city committee this week to press for a new inclusionary zoning scheme to ensure the construction of affordable housing.
The Star
September 21, 2020, 5am PDT
One of the big questions of planning is up for debate with a proposed rezoning in the SoHo and NoHo neighborhoods of New York City: Can upzoning be an effective tool for affordability?
CityLimits
September 20, 2020, 7am PDT
Evictions incur immense costs for the public and nonprofit sector, according to new analysis from the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research: The Urban Edge
September 15, 2020, 8am PDT
A new report looks at pre-existing foreclosure and eviction rates to predict where the worst outcomes of the pandemic's economic downturn for homeowners and renters are likely to happen.
Arizona Republic