Housing Policy

Aerial view of downtown Seattle, Washington.

Washington State Legislature Could Continue Housing Reforms in 2024

2023 saw some victories and some setbacks for housing advocates. Lawmakers plan to continue the fight in 2024.

January 4, 2024 - The Urbanist

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Report Stresses Links Between Housing and Transit

A Canadian report calls for a more holistic approach to housing development policy and transportation planning.

October 26, 2023 - Mass Transit

Montgomery County Residential Homes

Rent Control Approved for Montgomery County

The Montgomery County Council has approved a new law that sets limits on how much landlords can raise rents from year to year.

August 1, 2023 - DCist

Several office towers are under construction next to a freeway in Burlingame, California.

Union Shakeup Could Have Implications for California Housing Policy

One of the most powerful opponents to California’s YIMBY legislators, the Trades union of building and construction workers, is under new leadership. Some observers speculate that the change could indicate a new era of development politics.

July 19, 2023 - Politico

Kenyan President William Ruta addresses Second U.N Habitat Assembly

A Rare Governance Moment for UN-Habitat

The 2nd UN-Habitat Assembly adopted resolutions highlighting key needs for achievement of its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda in cities while important partnerships were announced.

July 9, 2023 - Bruce Stiftel

Tenant Protections

What Is Rent Control?

Rent control, also known as rent stabilization, is a controversial policy tool used by the government to limit rent increases by landlords.

March 1, 2023 - James Brasuell

Apartment buildings in San Diego, California

San Diego Ponders How to Declare ‘Housing as a Human Right’

Landlords in the city believe housing rights shouldn’t supersede property rights.

November 2, 2022 - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Gray houses under construction

How to Retrofit the Housing Economy

Are policy changes enough to address the housing problems we face?

September 9, 2022 - Shelterforce Magazine

Apartment buildings under construction with crane.

A Menu of Proposed Housing Policy Reforms

The Mercatus Center published a list of 16 policy recommendations designed to help states clear local obstacles for housing construction.

September 7, 2022 - Mercatus Center

Kennebec River

Housing Policy Conflicts With Local Control in Maine

The state's proposal to increase housing density is raising concerns among city officials worried about losing local control over development in their cities.

December 12, 2021 - Bangor Daily News

Housing Development

Op-ed: How to Separate Truth from BS in Housing Policy

Suddenly everyone and their mother has a housing plan. But not all housing plans are created equal.

April 20, 2021 - Next City

Brick Apartments

The Need for Social Housing in Seattle

Seattle trails international peer cities in its social housing stock, but there are steps city leaders can take to produce more units and increase affordability.

March 3, 2021 - The Urbanist

Rent Jubilee

Moving from the Inequitable Housing System We Have to the Housing System We Need

Three big, but basic, things that we could do right now to get us much closer to equity in housing.

February 9, 2021 - Shelterforce Magazine


Opinion: Biden's Plan to Eliminate Exclusionary Zoning Is 'Imprudent'

A counterintuitive argument contends that from a housing justice perspective, the Biden administration's attack on exclusionary zoning is imprudent.

February 4, 2021 - Shelterforce Magazine

Abolish the Police

What's Abolitionist Housing Policy?

Abolition—as a mode of mobilization and social change directed at the criminal legal system and elsewhere—remains widely misunderstood.

January 21, 2021 - Shelterforce Magazine

City by the Bay

State Audit Faults California's Affordable Housing Development Processes

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.

November 18, 2020 - Auditor of the State of California


Losing Nonprofit Control of Tax Credit Housing?

How an ambiguous legal definition is endangering nonprofits’ control of dozens of affordable housing developments in the final years of their tax credit agreements.

October 26, 2020 - Shelterforce Magazine

Downtown Los Angeles

'The Affordable City' Offers Solutions for the U.S. Housing Affordability Crisis

An excerpt from the new book by Shane Phillips, "The Affordable City," published by Island Press.

October 21, 2020 - Shane Phillips

Affordable Housing

Lasting Affordability Is the Path to Resilience

These six housing investment strategies will incorporate lasting affordability, racial equity, and resilience into COVID-19 recovery plans.

August 19, 2020 - Shelterforce Magazine

Housing Construction

How to Treat Housing as a Human Right

SPUR's housing report, "What Will it Really Take to Create an Affordable Bay Area," found that it will take 2.2 million units in the next 50 years to avoid worsening housing inequality.

June 24, 2020 - SPUR

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