Poverty

Gas Pump

Easing the Burden of High Gas and Housing Costs for Low-Income Households

Low-income families suffer most from dramatic spikes in housing and transportation costs, but governments can soften the impact through a series of actions.

March 22, 2022 - Urban Institute

Pedestrian Infrastructure

Census Data: Black Americans Leaving Cities for Suburbs

The trend of Black Americans leaving urban areas for suburban communities mirrors the White Flight of the mid-20th century but for vastly different reasons and with vastly different consequences.

March 18, 2022 - Associated Press via Los Angeles Times

The downtown of Mancheste, New Hampshire is nestled against the Merrimack River in the final light of day.

Exclusionary Zoning and Poverty: A New Hampshire Case Study

A deep dive into the history of zoning and development in Manchester, New Hampshire.

February 23, 2022 - New Hampshire Public Radio

Cash

Guaranteed Income Program Launched in Arlington, Virginia

The 18-month pilot program will provide $500 to 200 low-income families in the county.

October 8, 2021 - WTOP

Auto-Dependency

Pandemic Relief Programs Reduced Poverty, Census Finds

Robust assistance programs kept millions of households out of poverty last year.

September 21, 2021 - Mercury News

Gentrification

What We Really Mean When We Say Gentrification

The focus on gentrifying communities has, in many cases, eclipsed the similar problems facing more stagnant neighborhoods.

September 14, 2021 - Vox

Pandemic Protest

Columnist: New York City Needs Economic Recovery Strategies Other Than Gentrification

It's a tale of two cities as New York starts to emerge from the pandemic.

June 10, 2021 - The New York Times

Fresno Portal

The Nation's Fastest-Rising Rents Are in California's Central Valley

Fresno's skyrocketing housing costs and inadequate supply are putting strain on the city's low-income households.

April 13, 2021 - Los Angeles Times

COVID-19 Eviction Crisis

Fixing the Harms of the Eviction System

Emily Benfer talks about what needs to change in our housing and eviction systems—not just now, but once the pandemic is past, the connections between health and housing, and how she came to be a go-to voice on the eviction crisis.

March 17, 2021 - Shelterforce Magazine

Suburbs

What Trump Gets Wrong About America’s Suburbs

The Trump administration’s talk about protecting the suburbs is based on misrepresentations of who really lives in suburbs and what these communities need.

August 30, 2020 - The Avenue (Brookings)

New Updates on The Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

International Real Estate Strategies and Deal Negotiation

Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education

Affordable Housing: Principles for Changing Domestic and Global Markets

Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education

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Hand Drawing Master Plans

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