October 15, 2018

The Pew Charitable Trusts

In Shift, States Step in on Affordable Housing

As an affordable housing crisis continues to escalate in big cities and small towns alike, states are scrambling to find ways to combat it. This year, there’s been a flurry of state legislation to tackle the problem — with radically different approaches that reflect the highly partisan national divide.

October 12, 2018

The New York Times

California Tenants Take Rent Control to the Ballot Box

From pulpits across Los Angeles, Pastor Kelvin Sauls has spent the past few months delivering sermons on the spiritual benefits of fasting. The food in the sermon is rent, and landlords need less of it. “My role is to bring a moral perspective to what we are dealing with around the housing crisis,” Pastor Sauls explained.

October 01, 2018

Slate

What Makes Rent "Affordable"?

It’s no surprise that a California ballot measure to restore rent-control power to cities has the most support in Los Angeles. The city has the nation’s largest unsheltered homeless population and strongest anti-gentrification movement, and it’s often ranked the least affordable metro area in the United States.

September 27, 2018

Forbes

Home Equity Is Skyrocketing; Here's Why People Aren't Tapping It

Americans now have more home equity than ever. According to recent data, homeowners are sitting on more than $6 trillion in tappable equity—an increase of $636 billion just this year. Compare that to six years ago, when equity bottomed out, and tappable equity has jumped 300% since 2012.

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