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Hurricane Ida flooded their basement apartment. Months later, they've barely begun to recover.

Nov 9, 2021
Many New York basement apartments flooded in September. Most of the hardest-hit residents were low-income, and most were immigrants.
People clean up their flooded homes in Queens, New York, after the remnants of Ida passed through the area. The storm hit undocumented immigrants particularly hard.
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Housing advocates fight to maintain place in social-spending bill

Oct 25, 2021
Advocates had high hopes for the $320 billion initially included for housing, but the plan’s funding is being cut during negotiations.
President Joe Biden promotes his Build Back Better agenda in New Jersey on Monday. His plan to expand the nation's social safety net is being pared back by congressional negotiators.
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California wants to make it easier to turn empty malls into affordable housing

Jun 2, 2021
But cities, who don't want to give up sales tax revenue, and stores may not be quick to give up mall space.
The mall-to-housing flip can be harder than it sounds.
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In Chicago, affordable housing development has bypassed wealthier neighborhoods

Apr 19, 2021
Most tax credits from a program encouraging developers to build or renovate affordable units went to majority-Black neighborhoods.
A racial equity study in Chicago found that most affordable housing wasn't going in areas that have amenities like public transportation. Above, people rally for affordable housing in Miami.
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Biden acts on evictions, foreclosures, but long-term housing crisis looms

Jan 25, 2021
But how much can the federal government do about affordability?
Demonstrators at the Cancel Rent and Mortgages rally in Minneapolis in June. The U.S. faces a housing shortage and affordability crisis.
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The pandemic poses challenges and new opportunities for city planning

Nov 27, 2020
New ways of urban living could emerge as the pandemic changes how people gather and move about cities.
On 75th Street in Chicago's Park Manor neighborhood, sidewalk pods were set up to encourage street life amid COVID-19.
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New Baltimore development raises questions about what progress really means

Oct 21, 2020
Neighbors fear the affordable housing project will further concentrate poverty in a distressed neighborhood.
A new low-income rental development rises down the street from where Black Women Build - Baltimore is renovating houses for homeownership,
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How missed rent payments could affect the affordable housing supply

Aug 12, 2020
When tenants can't pay, their landlords may be forced to sell or face foreclosure.
A banner at a rent-controlled building in Washington, D.C., illustrates the plight of many tenants and landlords during the pandemic.
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What CEOs learned while volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in India

Dec 11, 2019
Jonathan Reckford, head of the housing nonprofit, tells how hammers pound and differences fall aside when corporate leaders come together to build homes for low-income families.
Jonathan Reckford, Habitat for Humanity CEO, chats with homeowners at a build site in India in 2006.
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