Category Archives: housing

News Coverage: Millennials Getting Help From Parents Can Afford Homes – The Atlantic

Millennials Getting Help From Parents Can Afford Homes – The Atlantic. [Making a fairly obvious point, but one people can forget.]

News Coverage: Wealth Has Accumulated in Ever-Richer Neighborhoods for the Past 20 Years Thanks to Exclusionary Housing Practices – CityLab

Wealth Has Accumulated in Ever-Richer Neighborhoods for the Past 20 Years Thanks to Exclusionary Housing Practices – CityLab.

[Note: worth clicking on the link for the Urban Institute’s map.]

News Article: Section 8 Is Failing Poor Americans – CityLab

Section 8 Is Failing Poor Americans – CityLab.

Call-for-Papers: “Human Rights, Housing and Dispute Resolution” – Friday 26th February 2016 University of Coimbra, Portugal

Call-for-Papers: Housing Law Research Network   2nd Annual Housing Law Symposium: “Human Rights, Housing and Dispute Resolution” – Friday 26th February 2016 University of Coimbra, Portugal.  With a submission deadline of Jan. 1, 2016.  Details after the jump.

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New Article / Book Review: “Housing as Holdout: Segregation in American Neighborhoods”

New Article / Book Review: Rashmi Dyal-Chand, Housing as Holdout: Segregation in American Neighborhoods, 50 Tulsa L. Rev. 329 (2015).  Abstract below:

How far have people who are not African American gone to keep African Americans out of their neighborhoods? And how far might they go? These are the questions that link the three recent books on housing reviewed in this article: Jeannine Bell, Hate Thy Neighbor: Move-In Violence and the Persistence of Racial Segregation in American Housing; Richard R.W. Brooks and Carol M. Rose, Saving the Neighborhood: Racially Restrictive Covenants, Law and Social Norms; and Douglas S. Massey et al., Climbing Mount Laurel: The Struggle for Affordable Housing and Social Mobility in an American Suburb.

News Coverage: San Jose affordable housing law faces key legal test – San Jose Mercury News

San Jose affordable housing law faces key legal test – San Jose Mercury News.

New Article: “Housing Resource Bundles: Distributive Justice and Federal Low-Income Housing Policy”

New Article: John Infranca, Housing Resource Bundles: Distributive Justice and Federal Low-Income Housing Policy, Richmond L. Rev. forthcoming 2015.  Abstract below:

Only one in four eligible households receives some form of rental assistance from the federal government. Nonetheless, there is no time limit for the receipt of this assistance; individuals can continue to receive benefits as long as they satisfy eligibility requirements. In addition, individuals who do obtain assistance frequently have higher incomes than those denied it. Beyond simply providing housing, federal rental assistance is enlisted to serve a myriad of additional policy goals — including furthering economic integration and providing access to better neighborhoods — that can exacerbate inequities between those who receive benefits and those denied assistance. These broader objectives often increase the cost of housing assistance and reduce the number of households served.

Given increasingly limited resources and the growing demand for rental assistance, difficult decisions must be made regarding how to satisfy a range of conflicting programmatic goals. Although for at least four decades legal scholars, economists, public policy experts, and politicians have denounced the inequities in existing housing policy, no one has provided a detailed analysis of the specific ways in which this policy departs from norms of distributive justice and of how it might be made more equitable. This Article moves the conversation beyond simply decrying existing inequities and instead carefully analyzes federal housing policy in light of specific theories of distributive justice. Drawing on the philosophical literature, it evaluates the specifics of existing policies, and their distributional impacts, in light of five theories of distributive justice. It then proposes a new structure for federal rental assistance, which would allow recipients to choose among a set of “housing resource bundles.” This approach will not only satisfy the most salient understandings of distributive justice, but will also advance the concerns that underpin other distributive justice theories and allow federal housing policy to more effectively embrace a plurality of programmatic goals.

New Report: “Here We Go Again: Communities of Color, the Foreclosure Crisis, and Loan Servicing Failures”

New Report: MFY Legal Services & the ACLU, Here We Go Again: Communities of Color, the Foreclosure Crisis, and Loan Servicing Failures (2015).

News Article: Rural America’s Silent Housing Crisis – The Atlantic

Rural America’s Silent Housing Crisis – The Atlantic.

New Report: “When Discretion Means Denial: A National Perspective on Criminal Records Barriers to Federally Subsidized Housing”

New Report: Marie Claire Tran-Leung, When Discretion Means Denial: A National Perspective on Criminal Records Barriers to Federally Subsidized Housing (Shriver Center 2015).