Democrats are seeking largest ever investment in affordable housing

The biggest problem facing the housing market is that there just aren't enough homes for people to buy or rent. In the aftermath of the housing market collapse and financial crisis more than a decade ago, about half of home building companies went out of business. Year after year since then builders just did not build enough homes. So now economists say we're roughly 2 million homes short of what we need.

NPR • November 6, 2021

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As housing costs spike, voters look for hope in rent control

Rent control is making a comeback. As Brookings senior fellow Jenny Schuetz observed in 2019, the lack of affordable housing in cities across the country has prompted tenants and lawmakers to look back to the 1970s for tougher tools to control costs. In recent years, California and Oregon have embraced rent stabilization while New York expanded its rent control regime. These policies might look especially attractive to voters in cities staggered by huge rent spikes: In Boston, for example, rents shot up 14.5% after a pandemic dip between March 2020 and October 2021, according to the rental marketplace Zumper.

Bloomberg City Lab • November 4, 2021

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Register for the International Architecture Design Competition - $50K Prize

Have a good idea to support Carbon Positive Affordable Housing? It's time to put your design skills to the test! Register for the International Architecture Design Competition for a chance to win the$50,000 cash prize. As climate change intensifies, housing stability will be increasingly under threat. The purpose of this competition is to solicit ideas for affordable, carbon positive housing that can be replicated in multiple neighborhoods, cities and countries with the goal of fighting climate change and eliminating the current housing crisis across the world. Projects can range from a micro-home to a tall building depending on the selected context or solution. Participants are encouraged to look beyond conventional solutions and consider resiliency in their strategies. Registration is now open, and entry is 100% free.

cove.tool • November 11, 2021

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