Affordable Housing Archive

Homelessness Up

Officials and nonprofit leaders keep pursuing the same old housing strategy for the poor – try to get more tax money to build more subsidized housing – in the face of glaring statistics that it simply does not work. What they refuse to try is a rent escrow law, the surest way to improve the [&hellip

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How the government killed affordable housing

By John O. Norquist – Mayor of Milwaukee and a Democrat.  Adapted from his book The Wealth of Cities: Revitalizing the Centers of American Life. A big-city politician deplores government intrusion into housing and urges cooperation with private owners By focusing on below-market public housing, the government has smothered market mechanisms that would attract private-sector investment. [&hellip

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Section 8 vouchers bring drug problems that are hard to get rid of

One landlord – we won’t identify him or where he lives to avoid retaliation – is fed up with 15 years of drug activity and misbehavior by some tenants on section 8 vouchers living in his neighborhood. The city housing authority that gives out the vouchers won’t cut them off. The police won’t arrest the [&hellip

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Government housing in America

The costly new way: Garfield Place Garfield Place: Affordable For Whom? Just a few blocks from famous Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Garfield Street, lies a juicy prime commercial lot in Cambridge. Look again. It’s “Garfield Place”, where the city of Cambridge recently finished construction on eight luxury-cost [&hellip

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Affordable Housing Options

The question of “affordable housing” is how to allow more people of lower income to live comfortably in a neighborhood, while preserving the qualities of neighborliness and community. Over its 12-year history, the Small Property Owners Association has confronted this question many times. We have concluded that by far the cheapest and most available housing [&hellip

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