Category Archives: Affordable Housing

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.
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Over its 12-year history, the Small Property Owners Association has confronted this … Read More “Affordable Housing Options”

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WOODFRAME multi-family housing an endangered species

And small owners are biting the dust, too

Housing built of wood has always served America’s newly arriving families and America’s poor. Wood is plentiful, cheap.

The first settlers met a land of forests and, of course, built their homes … Read More “WOODFRAME multi-family housing an endangered species”

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‘Affordable housing’ at core of historic financial meltdown

A long history of subprime lending

We have always been suspicious of “affordable housing,” rented or owned housing that is made available, through government assistance or regulation, to people with incomes not sufficient to cover the real costs of the … Read More “‘Affordable housing’ at core of historic financial meltdown”

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The great housing experiment that failed

Tearing down the housing projects,

mixing poor with rich has not worked.

 

Crime is up, not down

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All across the country starting in the 1990s, housing project after housing project was torn down and its poor residents sent out … Read More “The great housing experiment that failed”

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How a rent escrow law would improve the supply of low-income housing

Nonpayment of rent is clearly a more frequent problem among poor people. Their lower income also limits how much rent they can pay. So lower-income neighborhoods have lower rents to start with and more problems with tenants being able to … Read More “How a rent escrow law would improve the supply of low-income housing”

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