Substandard Housing: The Choice No American Should Have to Make

by Raphael Bostic 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…

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

by Raphael Bostic 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…

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

by Raphael Bostic 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…

The Millennials Are Finally Moving, But Will They Find Home?

by Raphael Bostic The long-awaited moment is here. The Millennials are on the move. For the first time in almost a decade, America’s young adults are leaving home and forming their own households at a growing rate. The Millennial generation, now in their 20s and early 30s, have waited longer than any previous generation for this…

The Biggest Issue That No Presidential Candidate Is Talking About

by Raphael Bostic 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…