Substandard Housing: The Choice No American Should Have to Make

I heard a story recently about a man who lived in a crooked apartment. The floor was sloped, so that if you placed a bottle at one end of the room, it would roll downhill until it hit the other wall. The apartment was rent-controlled, and the man who lived in it was terrified that…

The Black History of Housing in America: How the Dream Was Deferred

During this Black History Month, and for many to come, we must never forget the dream—and fight for a new inheritance, one woven not of exclusion but instead of that universal human spirit that calls us each home. If you want to understand the black-white wealth gap, it helps to know the story of William…

The Flint Lead Poisoning Disaster: Why We Must Invest in Healthy Homes

About 150 years ago, people figured out that lead pipes could kill them. In 1861, fifty prisoners in King County Jail in Brooklyn started vomiting uncontrollably, until a doctor realized that the water supply was contaminated with lead. Seven years later, a New York City woman named Elizabeth Galler was accused of poisoning her husband…

The Biggest Issue That No Presidential Candidate Is Talking About

The U.S. presidential race has done an amazing thing: It has made $28 trillion disappear. That’s how much all the homes in the United States are worth. It’s one tenth of everything the U.S. owns. It’s more money than the entire economy produces in a year. And if you only listened to the presidential candidates, you’d…