Category: Homelessness

What Housing Means to Washington, D.C.

In November 2018, I had the pleasure of being named chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) Housing Task Force. The 22 members of the task force and I have worked diligently over the last six months to develop a set of recommendations based on concerns by mayors, council members and elected leaders nationwide

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Does Your City Have Access to Inclusionary Housing?

Local Tools to Address Housing Affordability: A State-by-State Analysisis the fifth annual report produced in partnership with the 49-state municipal leagues. This post is part of a series highlighting findings from this new report.t The United States is in the midst of a housing crisis — there are not enough homes available for residents across

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Building Networks to Support Veterans: A Path to Progress for All and a Matter of National Security

As the nation nears two decades of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, horrifying reports of suicides among veterans continue and underscore the crisis in mental health, social isolation, and resource coordination. In addition, as research by NLC has shown, veterans remain on the leading edge of one of the largest demographic changes we have ever seen

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Is Rent Control Available to Your City?

Local Tools to Address Housing Affordability: A State-by-State Analysis is the fifth annual report produced in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues. This post is part of a series highlighting findings from this new report. As the housing crisis rages on, cities are experimenting with a number of tools — that is, where they have

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To Solve the Housing Crisis, Cities and States Must Work Together

Local Tools to Address Housing Affordability: A State-by-State Analysisis the fifth annual report produced in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues. This post is part of a series highlighting findings from this new report. No matter their size, level of prosperity or growth pressures, nearly all communities in the United States struggle with housing

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To Address Homelessness, Start With Jobs

This is a guest blog by Melissa Young, director of Heartland Alliance’s National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity. Housing and income are inextricably linked. Research and conversations with people with lived experience of homelessness tells us that people experiencing homelessness can, do, and want to work. Homelessness persists, in part, because public systems fail to

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Five Lessons from NLC’s First Housing Task Force Meeting

When NLC launched our Task Force on Housing last year, we envisioned not only addressing the national housing crisis, thereby ensuring everyone had a physical structure in which to live, but also uncovering how to make these places home for the many thousands of Americans that are without one. This week, we had our first

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Minneapolis Makes a Bold Move on Housing

Longstanding inequities in housing policy can be addressed. And it’s no surprise to us that cities are doing it first. The city of Minneapolis just passed a sweeping zoning code change that will eliminate single family housing. This is the first time a large city has made such a move in its zoning code. Many in

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Why Housing is Key to Loving Your City

This post is contributed by NLC President Karen Freeman-Wilson, mayor of Gary, Indiana. As elected officials, we want everyone to see our cities the same way we do. We work hard to make our residents feel the same passion, love and optimism that motivated us to run to serve them. But it’s hard to love your

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Veteran Homelessness: A National Proof Point

This is an excerpt from the National League of Cities’ (NLC) new report, Veterans First: An Approach to Meeting the Housing Needs of Seniors. Arthur Keller In 1965, Arthur Keller followed the example of his father and enlisted in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. After serving as part of the 62nd Armored Field

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