Housing


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    7 ways cities and states can protect renters from eviction and housing discrimination

    Carl Gershenson of The Eviction Lab at Princeton University shares how local leaders could assist low-income renters who are facing eviction or denied housing, even in the absence of new federal funds.

    By Aug. 12, 2022
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    California to conduct unprecedented review of San Francisco’s housing approval processes

    While long and complex approval processes that up the cost of housing are common in the U.S., building in San Francisco is especially arduous, the California Department of Housing and Community Development stated.

    By Aug. 11, 2022
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    New York public housing is poised for electric heating and cooling upgrades from a California startup

    Vince Romanin, the CEO of Gradient, discusses the market for heat pumps and a New York City Housing Authority contract to rethink HVAC for residents vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

    By Aug. 10, 2022
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    New York City rolling out ‘largest curbside composting program in the nation’ with Queens expansion

    After years of budget cuts and political shifts, the Department of Sanitation says this latest organics recycling iteration will be its most cost-effective and efficient approach yet. Drop-off bins are also being added in other boroughs.

    By Cole Rosengren • Aug. 9, 2022
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    Building performance standards momentum slowly grows in the wake of White House efforts

    A Maryland county’s policy represents one of the only major updates so far, but more localities have said they’ll pursue standards. Funds in the Inflation Reduction Act could provide new incentives to decarbonize buildings.

    By Aug. 8, 2022
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    Yardi: Office-to-multifamily conversions pose cost, logistical challenges

    Despite predictions earlier in the pandemic, these conversions have proven to be a “slow, niche trend” that largely delivers high-end housing.

    By Mary Salmonsen • Aug. 8, 2022
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    To meet demand, US needs 4.3M more apartments by 2035

    The nation lost 4.7 million affordable units between 2015 and 2020, and now faces a 600,000-unit deficit, according to a new study.

    By Mary Salmonsen • Aug. 4, 2022
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    Grim picture of worsening US housing crisis presented in Senate hearing

    While Republican lawmakers blamed the crisis on government regulations, experts and Democrats called for expanded rental protections and measures to expand the nation’s housing stock.

    By Aug. 4, 2022
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    $2.8B for homeless services available from HUD

    Rapid re-housing and services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as programs that address youth homelessness, are explicit targets of this year's funding.

    By Aug. 3, 2022
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    Incentive programs have lured thousands of remote workers from major metro areas to small cities

    Nearly four years have passed since Tulsa Remote began promising $10,000 to workers who’d relocate to the Oklahoma city for at least one year. Here’s where that program and similar efforts stand today.

    By Austyn Gaffney • Aug. 1, 2022
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    Electric heat pumps will be the cheapest clean option to heat most US homes by 2030: ACEEE

    To advance the transition to carbon-free heating, a report calls for additional research and development, incentives and grants to support installation, minimum efficiency standards for heating equipment, and other policies.

    By Robert Walton • July 28, 2022
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    The struggle to find a public toilet

    U.S. cities don't have enough public toilets. Coupled with a homelessness crisis, the shortage brings health and safety concerns. Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., are among the cities working toward equitable hygiene.

    By Adina Solomon • July 27, 2022
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    Rent hits new highs, but rent growth slows

    Although the rate of rent growth is decelerating, the national average asking rent rose to $1,706 in June, according to Yardi Matrix. Florida cities Orlando, Miami and Tampa experienced year-over-year rent growth of over 20%.

    By Mary Salmonsen • July 19, 2022
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    After leaving low-income housing tax credit program, many properties see modest rent increases

    Generally, former low-Income housing tax credit apartment communities remain affordable to those making 60% of AMI, according to Freddie Mac.

    By Leslie Shaver • July 14, 2022
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    San Francisco ranked the world's most expensive city for construction

    The city overtakes Tokyo as inflation and supply chain snarls affect markets across the globe.

    By Matthew Thibault • July 8, 2022
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    How cities can incentivize development of more housing for people experiencing homelessness

    As homelessness continues to rise, incentives can help promote new units for low-income housing, panelists on an Urban Land Institute webinar said, while more restrictive policies can backfire.

    By July 7, 2022
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    Sleeping pods: coming to a high-rent neighborhood near you?

    The controversial concept that’s catching on in California could be a dystopian fantasy or a solution to the country’s severe housing shortage.

    By Robyn Griggs Lawrence • July 6, 2022
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    15% of Americans behind on rent payments

    1.2 million are at risk of eviction, according to the latest Census data, but market-rate property owners say their tenants aren’t feeling the pain — yet.

    By Leslie Shaver • July 6, 2022
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    HUD announces $365M package to address unsheltered homelessness

    In what the Biden administration described as “a first-of-its-kind” package, HUD will distribute millions of dollars in grants for homeless outreach and permanent housing and support services, plus 4,000 new rental assistance vouchers.

    By June 23, 2022
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    Housing activists work to move the needle on affordability

    In communities across the country, local groups aim to shed light on the housing crisis while fighting against the NIMBY movement.

    By Robyn Griggs Lawrence • June 16, 2022
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    YIMBY: The making of a movement

    Yes, In My Backyard groups have formed in communities across the country to fight zoning and development practices that make housing less affordable.

    By Robyn Griggs Lawrence • June 15, 2022
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    Meet the YIMBYs

    Housing advocates are changing the affordability conversation by standing up for denser development.

    By Robyn Griggs Lawrence • June 13, 2022
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    Homeless encampment reports increase in Boulder, Colorado, after city bans downtown camping

    Boulder has been sued for its anti-camping policies — which are becoming common around the country — as local service providers claim that unhoused individuals have no other shelter options and are told by police to leave the city.

    By June 10, 2022
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    As more cities declare crises around climate and affordability, does change follow?

    Declaring emergencies can unlock some new capabilities and foster accountability, but substantial government follow-through is necessary to separate them from mere speech, city leaders say.

    By Adina Solomon • June 7, 2022
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    How cities can 'uncrack' zoning codes that fostered racial inequities

    City leaders from Berkeley, California, and Louisville, Kentucky, are trying to roll back restrictive zoning policies that have caused inequities, they said during an Urban Institute webinar.

    By June 3, 2022