Legislation & Policy

Minneapolis, Tackling Housing Crisis and Inequity, Votes to End Single-Family Zoning

News Article
Dec 13, 2018
Sarah Mervosh for The New York Times
In a bold move to address its affordable-housing crisis and confront a history of racist housing practices, Minneapolis has decided to eliminate single-family zoning, a classification that has long perpetuated segregation.

Trump to Steer More Money to 'Opportunity Zones'

News Article
Dec 12, 2018
Jim Tankersley for The New York Times
President Trump directed federal agencies on Wednesday to steer spending toward certain distressed communities across the country — part of his administration’s push to turn a tax break included in last year’s $1.5 trillion tax package into a broader effort to combat poverty and geographic inequalit

Rent Regulation and Housing Affordability: Context, Evidence, and Program Design

Policy Brief
Dec 12, 2018
Ingrid Gould Ellen and Mark A. Willis for How Housing Matters (Urban Institute)
In many US cities and towns, housing costs are increasing faster than incomes. Americans who rent their homes have been hit especially hard: nearly half of renters shoulder unaffordable housing costs.

Montana Program Supports Work Without Causing Harm

Case study
Dec 11, 2018
Hannah Katch for Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
As the Trump Administration continues to encourage states to take Medicaid coverage away from people who don’t meet a work requirement, a new report describes Montana’s promising alternative: a workforce promotion program that targets state resources toward reducing barriers to work.

Penalizing immigrants for obtaining Medicaid coverage puts child and family well-being at risk

Publication
Dec 6, 2018
Emily M. Johnston, Genevieve M. Kenney, and Jennifer M. Haley for The Urban Institute
The administration has proposed an expansion of the “public charge” rule that would make it more difficult for applicants whom officials deem likely to rely on public assistance to obtain lawful permanent residence (a “green card”) or a temporary visa.

Restoring humanity: Changing the way we talk about people touched by the criminal justice system

Publication
Dec 6, 2018
Cameron Okeke and Nancy G. La Vigne for The Urban Institute
When we refer to people who are, or have been, in contact with the criminal justice system as “felons,” “offenders,” “inmates,” or “convicts,” we define them by the worst act of their lives, creating a stigma that lingers long after they’ve paid their debt to society.