Affordable housing

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


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?


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


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.


The new blue collar job


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


Warren wades into CRA overhaul with revamp plan of her own


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.


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


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.


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


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


The American dream: Is homeownership really the answer?


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


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


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.


The gentrification dilemma


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


Building from strength: Inside cities' battle against blight


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.