How we define affordable housing "makes absolutely no sense"

Jun 5, 2019
How did 30% of income become the accepted benchmark?
Starrett City, a 46-building housing complex, is pictured in Brooklyn, New York, in 2018.
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The new downsizing solution for seniors? Look in the backyard

May 29, 2019
The "accessory dwelling unit" is growing steadily in popularity, especially in expensive neighborhoods.
Paul Boehm stands outside the tiny home he's building in his Silicon Valley backyard. More and more seniors are turning to in-law units as a viable downsizing option as they age.
Matt Levin, CALmatters

My economy: Life as a liveaboard in Southwest D.C.

May 16, 2019
Darryl Madden’s life on a boat started as a simple solution for affordable housing. Now he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Darryl Madden, a full-time liveaboard boater, next to his 50-foot cruiser in Southwest D.C.
Robyn Edgar

Honolulu looks to Singapore to solve its housing shortage

Apr 30, 2019
Honolulu’s housing market is one of the most expensive in the country.
Condo buildings visible from Ala Moana Beach Park.
Ryan Finnerty for Marketplace

Sometimes you can go home again

Apr 17, 2019
Our housing reporter revisits her childhood home 30 years later and discovers just how much homeownership has changed — and stayed the same.
Amy Scott in her old room.
Alexander Heilner/Marketplace

Atlanta debates the merits of “inclusionary zoning”

Apr 16, 2019
Does the policy have a chilling effect on development?
Atlanta City Council Member, Andre Dickens, who pushed for a policy known as “inclusionary zoning” in a bid to create affordable housing in some of the city’s most sought-after neighborhoods.
Stephannie Stokes for Marketplace

HUD secretary expected to push for cuts to low-income housing benefits, programs

Apr 3, 2019
President Trump’s proposed budget would introduce work requirements for housing subsidies and reduce funding for rental assistance.
Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson participate in the CNBC Republican presidential debate on Wednesday in Boulder, Colorado.

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In Oakland and elsewhere, health care is investing in affordable housing

Mar 12, 2019
Kensington Gardens' experience is indicative of a developing trend.
Ameria Lipscomb at her Kensington Gardens apartment.
Raquel Maria Dillon for Marketplace

More houses are rolling off the assembly line

Feb 22, 2019
Amidst a shortage of affordable housing, factory-built homes stage a comeback.
A nearly-finished house, divided in two halves, is about to be rolled out the factory doors.
Amy Scott/Marketplace

LA homeless advocates have a new tech tool for affordable housing

Feb 21, 2019
LeaseUp aims to make finding homes faster and easier.
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