Affordable housing

Sweat equity: What does it cost to build a home?

10/09/18

The crisis in affordable housing has its roots in the high cost of building entry-level single-family homes. But why does it cost so much to build a house? And what did previous generations do to build affordable housing?

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'You're either growing or you're dying': The struggle against rural blight

09/30/18

Small towns across the country struggle with vacant housing as much as cities, even though some of those places have plenty of jobs. Geography and a declining population are forcing many rural communities to make hard choices.

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The new blue collar job

09/27/18

People need jobs to afford housing, but how can cities attract more jobs to places that need them the most?

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Warren wades into CRA overhaul with revamp plan of her own

09/25/18

The senator’s bill to reform the 40-year-old law and expand housing investments could gain clout as Democrats look to pick up congressional seats and she eyes a presidential run.

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Are Wells Fargo, PNC probes a setback for affordable housing?

09/18/18

Advocates are seeking more federal funding for affordable housing. A federal investigation into the banks’ alleged manipulation of a popular tax-credit program can’t be helping their cause.

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There’s no room for REITs, captive insurers at Home Loan Banks

09/17/18

A former Federal Home Loan bank president argues that the system should limit its exposure to risky nonbanks.

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The American dream: Is homeownership really the answer?

09/16/18

Can policymakers expand homeownership without endangering the financial system? Should they?

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The other housing crisis, Dimon v. Trump, small-dollar lending: Top stories of the week

09/14/18

A new, 10-part podcast series examining housing blight; JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon baits President Trump; U.S. Bank returns to small-dollar lending; and more from this week’s most-read stories.

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The gentrification dilemma

09/13/18

What happens when neighborhood revitalization is too successful? Some cities that have managed to eliminate blight now face acute shortages of affordable housing.

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Building from strength: Inside cities' battle against blight

09/12/18

What does it take to combat vacancy in neighborhoods where it's taken hold? A look into one neighborhood in Baltimore that has bucked the trend, and the approach that city planners use to reinvest in blighted communities.

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