Exclusionary land use laws perpetuate segregation, threaten the supply of affordable housing, and hinder sustainable development. Although these issues are mainly a product of local zoning codes, states can enact zoning reforms that address equity, economy, and environmental concerns.
Addressing the high cost and limited stock of available housing units in the Washington, D.C. region requires innovative solutions and partnerships to ensure that low-income households can access affordable housing.
Across large U.S. cities in 2020, violent crimes such as homicides and gun assaults rose 30 percent and 8 percent compared to 2019, respectively, particularly impacting communities of color and high-poverty neighborhoods.
The 2017 completion of the Lofts on Arthington — a 181-unit affordable housing development with wraparound services built by mission-driven developer Mercy Housing Lakefront (MHL) — represents one of the final stages in a decades-long effort to rebuild the Homan Square neighborhood of Chicago.
Opened in 2020, the Bloom is a 97-unit affordable housing development that shares its 7-story building in the Braddock Road neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, with Carpenter’s Shelter, a ground-floor emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness.
African-American residents of Detroit experienced devastating effects from the Great Recession. Job losses in the auto industry set off a chain reaction of income loss, declining property values, and depressed municipal tax revenue that induced the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history.
Denver, Colorado, like many communities across the United States, has struggled to address the affordable housing needs of people with disabilities because housing that is both affordable and accessible to people experiencing physical, sensory, intellectual, or developmental disabilities is in short supply.
Public spending forms the basis of affordable housing production or preservation. When public funds are unavailable or prioritized elsewhere, however, nongovernmental entities can fill this financing gap with private investment funds.
For the first time in nearly 50 years, the LaGrange Housing Authority (LHA), which serves the small city of LaGrange, Georgia, as well as the rest of Troup County and other nearby areas, completed a new affordable housing project.
The 2021 Innovation in Affordable Housing (IAH) Student Design and Planning Competition partnered with Fresno Housing Authority (FHA) to challenge teams to create innovative workforce housing solutions for residents of Firebaugh, California.