Maintaining perspective

I have never been wealthy and my college savings account was short lived; I am used to living on a budget. Unforeseen medical expenses, however, have made these these past few weeks unusually difficult. I spent more time than I care to admit feeling sorry for myself and bemoaning my situation. I indulged in regret. And […]

Six affordable housing stories in the news

I started a new habit earlier this month: reading news stories related to affordable housing every day. A few days of this  practice confirmed what I already suspected: cities, towns and villages throughout our country are struggling to meet their  housing needs, especially in the rental market. According to a report published by the Joint Center for […]

The case for linkage fees

The Seattle City Council is trying to fast track a measure that would add automatic linkage fees to new development throughout the city. This means developers of new buildings would pay between $5 and $22 per square foot into an affordable housing trust fund. This tax would vary depending on the economic strength of the neighborhood, […]

Affordable Housing: An Explanation

  While outlining my ideas for this blog, I realized that the language of affordable housing is obscure. The information surrounding housing is convoluted, confusing and copious. It is scattered throughout programs overseen by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as well as other, related, federal and local government agencies. Some programs, such […]

A Story’s End

  My friend Hassan walked into Lake Michigan last week. He was found by a stranger. The paramedics were too late. He  had been a soldier in Saddam Hussein’s army before deserting and seeking asylum in a refugee camp. He was given a  choice, in the camp, between three countries: Australia, Canada and the United […]

And so it begins

I have been dragging my feet for way to0 long in the process of creating this blog. Why? Because having my own space, and not just a subdomain on .tumblr seems adult and legitimate and, therefore, terrifying. And so I have spent weeks (months) planning and plotting and trying to convince myself that it is […]