Aldermen Delay Housing Fund

The Bring Chicago Home initiative was officially assigned to the Rules Committee on November 13, a promising step for this important legislation. Unfortunately, on November 14, Aldermen Hopkins and Reilly prevented the measure from inclusion in the February, 2019 ballot following their right to “defer and publish.” This procedure entails deferring voting on legislation until […]

Story of the Week: ‘Bring Chicago Home’ and raise funds for affordable housing

The story I am highlighting this week is the campaign by Bring Chicago Home, a campaign of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, to increase the Real Estate Transfer Tax in Chicago. Proceeds from this increase (approximately $150 million a year) will fund affordable housing. Aldermen in the Rules Committee meeting on Friday, November 9 […]

Amazon is Coming to Town

Yeah, okay, it’s happening again. Don’t hesitate. Don’t prevaricate. Just write. Housing, of course, has not improved since I last wrote here. Some could argue (and I have) that things have taken a decided downturn since Ben Carson was put in charge of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Hurricanes Maria (and others!) […]

On violence and understanding

I wrote a post on my other blog, and it feels relevant to share a link link here, too, since the subject is oppression and racism. This is all linked to inadequate housing, poverty, unequal treatment of people. I have a lot of confusion in my mind right now. I am a little embarrassed to […]

A return to writing and a protest at Lathrop Homes

Okay I’m back. I realize I keep saying this. I also keep hoping it is true. I have been writing, just not here. If you’re interested, I started a personal blog that focuses mainly on anxiety, a recent running injury, and my thoughts on the world in general. Writing about myself was a bit of a […]

Developers in California won’t let inclusionary zoning case rest

I have been away from this blog for so long, part of me fears I have forgotten to write well about affordable housing. Still, life has reached a stabilizing point for me in the past week or so and I realized I am becoming restless without writing here. And so, to welcome what I hope […]

Affordable housing in the news

I haven’t written a new post in weeks. This is in part due to an unusually busy schedule but also (and probably mostly) in part to the lack of connection I have felt lately to this blog. I still care passionately about affordable housing, but I haven’t been able to muster interest in research and […]

City of Chicago sued for affordable housing requirements

Hoyne DevelopmentĀ and the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago (HBAGC) association have filedĀ a suit against Chicago over the city’s Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO). In its current iteration, this Ordinance requires developers that use government funding, purchase government land or seek a zoning change for buildings containing 10 or more units to include a proportion of […]

A quick fix for affordable housing in Seattle

Seattle’s Mayor Murray is still hot on his quest to create 20,000 more affordable housing units in his city by 2025. Part of this quota, he hopes, will come from rent-stabilized apartments financed through a Multi-family Tax Exemption (MFTE). This sort of exemption provides 12-year tax breaks for new or rehabilitated buildings if the developer […]

The difficulty of obtaining a government ID, especially while homeless

In the District of Columbia, as Kathryn Baer of Poverty & Policy explains in a recent post, securing an official ID as a homeless person (without an address, proof of residency, utility bills, etc) is a near impossible burden and requires systems of support that are often beyond the reach of homeless people. And yet, […]