Policy and Funding Solutions
The New York Times recently featured a debate, “Housing That’s Not a Luxury” in its October 16, 2013 Opinion Pages.
Experts in the field gave their opinions around “What programs could increase the amount of affordable homes in New York and elsewhere?”
While some of the solutions focused specifically on New York City specific, many of the recommendations could be translated to other parts of the region and country.
As just a few examples of suggested policy changes:
- Minnesota Democrat U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison made the case for funding the National Housing Trust Fund;
- Douglas Apple, Former New York City Housing Authority General Manager and COO, argued for importance of preserving public housing even during times of federal funding cuts and;
- Barika X. Williams, Policy Director at the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, suggested allowing nonprofit developers to use subsidies to stabilize neighborhoods as a solution.
Click here to read the entire debate.