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Funders for Housing and Opportunity Featured on Opportunity Starts at Home Podcast

Funders are increasingly recognizing that safe, decent, affordable housing as a cornerstone for progress in a variety of other areas. Funders for Housing and Opportunity (FHO) is a compelling example of a collaborative cross-sector funder approach to addressing the affordable housing crisis across the country. In this episode, Susan Thomas, Program Director at the Melville […]

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A Shout Out About the Shutdown

by | January 22, 2019

As the leader of a private foundation, I don’t often opine on the operations of federal agencies.  But as the federal government shutdown begins its fifth week, I, like many Americans, feel like screaming out a window à la Peter Finch in the movie “Network.” This shutdown is not just the longest. This one seems squarely aimed […]

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Out of Reach 2018

Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing in the United States.

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The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes

A detailed examination of the rental affordability crisis in our nation.

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$10 Million From 9 Foundations Will Call Attention the Lack of Low-Cost Housing

The Trust joined forces with eight national foundations to create Funders for Housing and Opportunity, a funding collaborative dedicated to ensuring ensure individuals and families across America can afford safe, stable rentals in thriving communities.

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Why Affordable Housing Could Become Harder To Find

by | January 9, 2018

Poor families in the United States are having an increasingly difficult time finding an affordable place to live, due to high rents, static incomes and a shortage of housing aid. Tenant advocates worry that the new tax bill, as well as potential cuts in housing aid, will make the problem worse.

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Affordable Housing for People with Disabilities — A Worsening Crisis

by | December 13, 2017

Kevin Martone, Executive Director of TAC, on the ever-worsening affordability gap for extremely low-income renters with disabilities.

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Priced Out: The Housing Crisis for People for Disabilities

There is no housing market in the United States where a person with a disability whose sole source of income is SSI can afford a safe, decent rental unit. Priced out shows the scope of the problem and proven solutions to fix it.

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Homeless Population Rises, Driven By West Coast Affordable-Housing Crisis

by | December 7, 2017

For the first time since 2010, the number of homeless people has increased due to the affordable housing crisis on the West Coast. Overall, the nation’s homeless numbers are 13 percent lower than they were in 2010 and some communities have all but eliminated homelessness among veterans,

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Out of Reach 2017

Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing in the U.S.

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Out of Reach

An in-depth report on the housing affordability crisis in each state.

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Anatomy of a Preservation Deal

Case study of the Billings Forge Complex in Hartford, CT and the partnership between the Melville Trust and the Preservation of Affordable Housing.

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State of the Nation’s Housing

A look at the current trends in housing affordability by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

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Living From Rent To Rent: Tenants On The Edge Of Eviction

by | March 29, 2016

For low-income renters, eviction is a constant threat.

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A Bipartisan Plan for Housing that Can End Homelessness?

by | February 28, 2013

“In many respects our housing system is outdated, and not equipped to keep pace with today’s demands and the challenges of the imminent future,” The Bipartisan Housing Policy Commission report, February 25, 2013 The Commission’s recommendations address the need for more sustainable approaches to homeownership, a reformed system of housing finance, a more comprehensive focus […]

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