Preserving affordable housing makes economic sense

Owners of Penn Plaza, an apartment building in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh, recently handed out eviction notices to residents of its 321 units, of which 41 are affordable under Section 8 and the rest rent at below-market rates. The eviction notices came without any mention of relocation assistance (although they did remind residents to ‘have a […]

Is the ADL’s lawsuit against New York City worthwhile?

Should the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) sue New York City for its practice of setting aside fifty percent of unit in new affordable housing buildings for existing neighborhood residents? The League says the practice encourages whites to stay in place, discourages social mobility (since minorities will be less likely to move into good –white –neighborhoods where […]

Poverty as a put-down

American’s have long conflated class with race. Emily Badger’s article in the Washington Post shows how Section 8 housing (which covers both public and voucher programs) became synonymous with poverty, violence, and blackness and how, when linked together, these attributes are a used as a slur. Because of the history and media coverage of the […]

NYC sees historical high in new and preserved affordable housing units 

Despite his scuffles with Governor Cuomo as well as housing advocates (and protestors), New York City’s Mayor de Blasio’s housing policies helped construct almost 8,500 new units for low- and middle-income city residents over the past fiscal year. Additionally, more than 11,000 units were preserved, resulting in over 20,000 affordable units throughout the city. Unlike […]

Supportive services are necessary in updated New Jersey housing plans

The case for housing the mentally ill: it is less expensive and more productive.  In light of the recent New Jersey ruling mandating that municipalities submit their affordable housing plans to the state Supreme Court, Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services urges local housing authorities to consider integrating wraparound services for people with mental illness (such as counseling […]

A Republican in favor of affordable housing?

Republican Rep. Robert Dold met with housing advocates July 1 to discuss strategies for erasing affordable housing’s stigma. Dold has gone against party lines recently to support housing. In 2014, he issued a controversial statement congratulating a Wilmette non-profit on securing a large housing grant (controversial because it meant he supported increasing the number of […]

Negatives of affordable housing are a myth 

Republicans have succeeded in suppressing affordable housing as a result (this article in The Chron proposes) of deeply embedded cultural myths about public housing and its residents. The process of normalizing and creating public support for housing requires a campaign to dispel these myths. Providing facts about affordable housing (it does not breed crime, it is […]