But cities, who don't want to give up sales tax revenue, and stores may not be quick to give up mall space.
Most tax credits from a program encouraging developers to build or renovate affordable units went to majority-Black neighborhoods.
But how much can the federal government do about affordability?
New ways of urban living could emerge as the pandemic changes how people gather and move about cities.
And there's only so much HUD can do.
Neighbors fear the affordable housing project will further concentrate poverty in a distressed neighborhood.
When tenants can't pay, their landlords may be forced to sell or face foreclosure.
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.
Families in the state are battling homelessness as a strong economy dominates their surroundings.
House prices are high — too high for many first-time buyers.