Affordable housing roundup: seven stories in the news

It is nearing the end of the month, so I thought I would share a handful of compelling news items. I have (unconsciously) favored positive stories, perhaps because the bulk of my research is depressing -for example, households with incomes of $15,000 or less per year who pay more than 50 percent of their income in […]

Can Mayor Emanuel develop more than 700 affordable housing units in one year?

                Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced last week, at the opening of Hope Manor Apartments II in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, that by 2015 he will end homelessness among Chicago Veterans of the U.S. Military. According to the 2014 Point-in-Time Count and Survey Report conducted by the Chicago Department of Family and Support […]

GLBT housing now a reality in Long Island and Chicago

Last week, the Long Island GLBT Network (The Network) announced a new Bay Shore housing development marketed directly to and for members of the GLBT senior community.  While the Fair Housing Act mandates that the units be available to everyone (and they will be), publicity materials will emphasize the inclusive nature of the community, and extra efforts will […]

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 […]

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 […]