Biden administration brings a new focus on housing policies

Ramping up the availability of coronavirus vaccinations and addressing the fiscal crisis facing many Americans — including housing issues — are the current priorities for President Biden and his administration. An array of potential new housing policies proposed during his campaign could help first-time buyers, increase the affordability of housing and address discrimination.

The Washington Post • January 28, 2021

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Bank of America triples affordable housing commitment

Bank of America Corp said on Wednesday that it would invest $15 billion in affordable housing initiatives over the next five years, tripling its commitment as a booming mortgage market caused it to hit its prior goal early.

Reuters • February 3, 2021

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Housing is miles away from being affordable, these builders are changing the game

Housing had an extraordinary year in 2020, resulting in about 1,380,300 housing starts according to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. While the demand for all types of housing is strong, there is still a massive gap in what would be considered supply that is affordable.

Forbes • February 1, 2021  

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Advocates call for stronger rental assistance programs to stem pandemic evictions

A coalition of housing and homeless advocates, along with the city’s top real estate group, are calling for the city and state to expand and improve three key rental assistance programs to aid struggling households at risk for eviction — especially before the state’s eviction moratorium expires in May.

City Limits • February 3, 2021

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Charlotte may have cracked the code on affordable housing. Here's how

In Charlotte, a local journalist watched the housing market and “naturally occurring” affordable housing and found that there are still ways to provide affordable housing through real estate changeover and longer term patient investments.

Fast Company • January 25, 2021

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