Category: Housing

Reversing the Residual Effects of Redlining

A process beginning in the 1930s, redlining describes how banks and government agencies discriminated by race in determinations for federally-backed mortgages. At the March Congressional City Conference, local leaders used redlining maps of Baltimore and Muskegon, Mich. to examine the intersection between racial equity and affordable housing. “Housing is a key priority for NLC and

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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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How Affordable Housing Efforts Can Make Cities Healthier

This is an excerpt from our newest backgrounder, Affordable Housing and Health: City Roles and Strategies for Progress. Cities nationwide are experiencing housing-related challenges, with a growing share of the population unable to afford to rent or own a home. Residents struggle to afford not just a place to live, but a stable home that supports

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Cities Advancing Affordable Housing to Improve Health Outcomes

As cities around the country deal with local affordable housing shortages, mayors and council members are realizing the problem is much more complex than putting a new roof over people’s heads. Housing is now understood to be a vital determinant of a person’s success in life that affects health, access to education and upward mobility.

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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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Keeping the Holidays Fire Free

Every holiday season, municipal fire departments across the country respond to an average of 200 fires that start with a Christmas tree. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 30 percent of all home fires and 38 percent of home fire deaths occur during the months of December, January and February. While

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Get Out of Your Lane: How Transportation Leaders Can Shape the Road Ahead

On November 28, National League of Cities (NLC) CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony spoke to 250 transportation executives at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Industry Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. Excerpts from his remarks are included below. Transportation is much more than just a set of systems — it’s what connects citizens

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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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