Tag Archives: Affordable housing

What’s The Rent? NYC Housing Officials Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

By Cezary Podkul Anyone who’s ever rented in New York City knows how hard it is to get reliable information about an apartment. How much has the unit rented for in the past? Does the building’s history entitle tenants to … Continue reading

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The Obama Administration Is Expanding a Program to Fix Up Public Housing—Too Bad the Program Might Also Privatize It

By Jake Blumgart When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his administration’s plan on May 19 to help dig his city’s public housing authority out of its $16 billion capital-needs hole, attention quickly focused on the plan’s reliance on … Continue reading

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New York City’s Public-Housing Crisis

By Alana Semuels For a long time, many American cities housed their poorest residents in giant public housing towers that had little going for them except for the fact they were affordable. Crime was rampant and indiscriminate, drugs were everywhere, … Continue reading

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Disrupted Lives

By Elizabeth Gudrais The sheriffs announced their arrival with a loud knock. If nobody was inside, they’d have to kick the door in—but at this house, someone was home. The second-floor apartment was home to Danielle Shaw and her partner, … Continue reading

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20 Things the Poor Really Do Every Day

By Ben Irwin Dave Ramsey probably wasn’t expecting this much pushback when he shared a piece by Tim Corley contrasting the habits of the rich with those of the poor. In her response on CNN, Rachel Held Evans noted that … Continue reading

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A Record Number Of Americans Cant Afford Their Rent

By Bryce Covert Paying more than 30 percent of your income on rent is what experts call unaffordable. Yet the number of people who fall into that group has reached record numbers, according to a new report from the Joint … Continue reading

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20 Things the Poor Do Everyday That the Rich Never Have to Worry About

By Benjamin Irwin Financial advisor and evangelical Christian Dave Ramsey probably wasn’t expecting this much pushback when he shared a piece contrasting the habits of the rich with those of the poor. In her response on CNN, Rachel Held Evans … Continue reading

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Jimmy McMillan – Rent Is Too Damn High

Jimmy is back! He’s running for mayor of New York City, again. Jimmy McMillan has updated his anthem tag-line “The Rent Is Too Damn High” spruced it up and released a pretty hip video. I agree with Jimmy; the rent … Continue reading

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Life in the Cellar

By Suketu Mehta Monir is lying on a mattress in a dark room in a Queens basement, smoking, dressed in a sarong. He is in his 50s, and has lost most of his hair and his life-spirit. He left Bangladesh … Continue reading

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How to Bail Out Main Street

By Amie Fishman, East Bay Housing Organizations History will soon define the ongoing foreclosure crisis as one of the single greatest transfers of wealth in the US from middle and working class communities and communities of color to large financial … Continue reading

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