Housing Assumptions

I did not write anything here last week because with the government shutdown and lack of obvious funding for housing I became rather depressed and hopeless. So many people throughout this country rely on the government for housing. Before the US Housing Act of 1937, individuals lived in slums, often without plumbing or oversight from […]

An Update (of sorts) on the Government Shutdown and Housing

The government is still without a budget and President Trump has stated he has no plans to sign one. The future for individuals who utilize programs funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), therefore, is tenuous. Hundreds of public housing association (PHA) contracts have already expired and hundreds more will expire within […]

Government Shutdown and Housing

The government shutdown may soon impact affordable housing. If the shutdown continues through January, public housing authorities will exhaust their current budget. Some larger authorities may have reserves that allow continued funding through February, however many will be unable to pay rents to landlords. Individuals with Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) live in private-market units […]

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 […]

Preserving housing along The 606

Residents living along the route of Chicago’s new recreational trail The 606 (also known as Bloomingdale Trail) are, as predicted, feeling the pressure of gentrification. For low-income families, this could mean a forced exodus further west, away from the city, where rents and property values remain low.  Mayor Emanuel promised to help preserve affordable housing […]

Housing Choice Vouchers: a brief explanation

A long-overdue definition has been added to the glossary: Housing Choice Vouchers! A quick explanation of the program that dominates the politics of housing. The term voucher is often used, but rarely explained. And HUD’s glossary definition, “the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, […]

Income limits and public housing

The New York Post published an editorial this past Sunday vilifying affordable housing. As proof, it used a July audit of HUD by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) that showed a total of 25,226 households living in public housing units nationwide were over HUD’s income limits for FY2014. The OIG excluded Moving to Work housing […]

How liberal are Democrats when low-income housing comes to their neighborhood?

Now that HUD and the Supreme Court are cracking down on fair housing (the SCOTUS ruling upholding disparate impact cases and HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing came within two weeks of each other) Democrats have to live up to their rhetoric and embrace the poor and non-white into their own (affluent, white) neighborhoods.  Thomas Edsall […]

When does the quest for diversity go too far? 

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing is HUD’s latest rule to prevent housing discrimination. The rule makes it easier (through a HUD-provided tool and clarified HUD regulations) for housing authorities and communities to track area demographics. The resulting statistics will create a more wholistic picture of a neighborhood and will allow communities to make decisions that further […]

Illinois receives more than $6 million to fund 200 units of supportive affordable housing

Illinois residents with a stake in affordable housing rejoiced in early March when the state became one of 25 states granted funding for housing projects targeted to extremely low-income disabled people below the age of 65. Funds come from the Section 811 Project Assistance Rental (PRA) program and are distributed to state housing agencies by the federal Department of […]