Tag Archive: Housing

  1. Our Top Five for Affordable Housing

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    Image from Habitat for Humanity Portland: https://www.flickr.com/photos/44062891@N03/8641577674

    Image from Habitat for Humanity Portland: https://www.flickr.com/photos/44062891@N03/8641577674

    It’s no secret that California has a serious affordable housing problem. The state is home to the nation’s most expensive rental market and the nation’s least affordable housing market. Nine of the ten most expensive housing markets in the U.S. are located here. And, as the Legislative Analyst’s Office put it, California’s home prices and rents are higher than just about anywhere else. As local policymakers throughout the state grapple with the issue of providing affordable housing, we thought it’d be helpful to provide a “top five” list of interventions that the state’s big city mayors can champion to help address the affordability crisis. (more…)

  2. Taking a Second Look at Affordable Housing Costs in California

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    Last month, California’s affordable housing leaders convened to discuss the findings of a statewide study that looked at opportunities to create more cost-efficient affordable housing developments. Issues of distributing scarce affordable housing dollars to the neediest areas in the state and questions about changing the process that developers use to apply for tax credits came to the fore. (more…)

  3. Urban Living: The Tug of War Between Millennials and Baby Boomers

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    Let’s talk about millennials and baby boomers. They’re two generations that are the subject of endless think pieces that can pretty much be summed up as “kids today!” or “they just don’t understand!” But even as the common narrative paints these two groups as warring factions, in the context of urban living, the priorities for both generations are surprisingly aligned. As the generational wars rage on and debate swirls about each group’s respective work ethic, age-appropriate behavior, and character flaws, there’s one realm where these two generations share one common interest – the pursuit of urban living. (more…)

  4. Using Eminent Domain to Combat the Foreclosure Crisis

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    With the effects of the foreclosure crisis still looming over cities, the City of Richmond has decided to take matters into its own hands. The city is the first to proceed with the controversial use of eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages from bond holders in order to prevent bank foreclosures and keep residents in their homes. (more…)

  5. Housing the Homeless and Saving Money

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    In 2007, Community Solutions, working closely with County officials, launched a pilot program called Project 50. The goal of the project was to identify and house the most vulnerable homeless individuals in the county and provide them with housing and services. The goal was twofold: (1) get chronically homeless folks off the streets and into supportive housing, and (2) save taxpayer dollars. Thus far, the program has proved to be just as successful as its creators had hoped. (more…)