Housing

Online, Mug Shots Are Forever. Some States Want to Change That.

People are innocent until proven guilty, but the public release of mug shots taken at the time of arrest can become a barrier to housing, employment and personal relationships.

To Budget for Equity, Cities First Must Define Equity

COMMENTARY | Without a clear and shared definition of equity, city leaders cannot understand the underlying conditions that create existing disparities in their community, let alone make informed budget decisions that foster equity.

Report: Flooding has Devastating Effects on Affordable Housing

People of color, seniors and the disabled are most at risk of flooding's financial and health risks, according to academic research on coastal areas in the U.S.

Federal Judge Vacates Nationwide Evictions Moratorium

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not have the authority to issue the ban last fall, which has shielded renters from eviction during the course of the coronavirus pandemic.

Analysis: US Rent Debt Totals Nearly $20B due to Covid-19

Southern states have the largest share of renters with debt, although cities with the most people behind on rent are in California, New York, New Jersey and Florida, according to a recent report.

Senators Grill Cabinet Secretaries on American Jobs Plan

The heads of environmental, transportation, housing and commerce departments laid out more details of the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan during a Tuesday hearing.

Landlords Say Tenants Are Not Tapping Rent Relief

As COVID-19 vaccinations continue and state leaders push for a return to normalcy, some states are lifting eviction moratoriums and leaving tenants in the hands of local courts.

The Case for Luxury Housing

COMMENTARY| New market-rate development helps relieve pressure on local housing prices.

Best Market for First-Time Homebuyers is in the Middle of Illinois, Report Finds

A new report from the National Association of Realtors suggests that mid-sized cities could be the ticket for millennials looking to purchase homes.

HUD Prepares to Distribute $5 Billion to Help With Homelessness

The department released figures Thursday for how much individual states and localities will get from the pot of grant funding, part of the recent federal coronavirus relief package.

Biden Infrastructure Plan Offers $213 Billion ‘Sweeping Investment’ in Affordable Housing

The president’s proposal calls for $40 billion to improve existing public housing, as well as funding for grants and tax credit programs to build and preserve affordable units.

U.S. Homeownership Rate Rising, But Still Lower Than Peak

After years of declines in the wake of the Great Recession, homeownership rates rebounded in recent years, according to Census Bureau data.

How to Improve Public Health, the Environment and Racial Equity All at Once: Upgrade Low-income Housing

COMMENTARY | Retrofitting low-income housing is a way to tackle some of the nation's pressing health, social and environmental challenges.

How One County Helps Low-Income Homeowners Rehab Their Houses

James City County, Virginia tapped federal housing dollars to fund repairs and rebuilding projects that make homes safe and habitable. "Nothing is more affordable than the house you already have," notes a local official.

Retrofitting Parking Garages Could Help With Affordable Housing Shortage

COMMENTARY | As Covid-19 shattered normal commuting patterns and center city parking use, some are investigating how high-rise garages and parking lots can be converted to provide space for housing.

Tenants Struggle Amid Patchwork of State Rental Relief Efforts

Whether billions of dollars in aid will help save renters depends on how effectively states distribute the money.

HUD Bars Anti-LGBTQ+ Discrimination in Housing, Rentals

It’s the first agency to implement Biden’s sweeping executive order on sexual orientation and gender identity, but it won’t be the last, officials said.

HUD Nominee Wants to Ensure Housing Crisis Doesn’t Worsen During Pandemic

Senators heard from U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge on Thursday, President Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She pledged to head off evictions and reduce discrimination in housing.

‘Tidal Wave’ of Evictions, Utility Shutoffs Tests Lawmakers

Few states have established a safety net to help millions of Americans handle accumulating debt from rent and utility bills that have piled up during the pandemic.

The Cities That Finished Last Year With Steep Declines in Rent Prices

Data shows rents fell in cities known for high housing costs, and ticked up in some nearby areas and mid-sized markets.