Housing Commission Blog

Jul. 8, 2014

Sharon Wilson Geno Our second speaker spotlight is shining on Sharon Wilson Geno, a partner at the law firm Ballard Spahr LLP. She will take part in a lively discussion of the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 16. 

Jun. 26, 2014

Dowell MyersWe are pleased to introduce our first Summit speaker, Professor Dowell Myers, Ph.D. a demographer and urban planner from the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy. Don’t miss his luncheon keynote presentation on Monday, September 15.

Jun. 26, 2014

In anticipation of BPC's 2014 Housing Summit, we are excited to launch a new blog series, intended to give you a sneak peek behind the scenes as we finalize programming. We will ask a speaker to answer questions about what he or she looks forward to sharing with you at the summit. We will post a new entry every other week – so check back often.

How have shared equity housing models created positive impacts on the supply of affordable housing?
Jun. 3, 2014

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Shared Equity Models Fill A Vital Place in the Housing Continuum
By Jeff Lubell

Shared equity models fill a vital place in the housing continuum between rental housing and traditional homeownership. Shared equity homeowners receive most of the benefits of traditional homeownership, including: security of tenure (no one can force you out so long as you pay your mortgage on time), ability to modify the home to fit your needs, increased affordability over time (due to fixed mortgage costs) and the ability to build wealth through the forced savings and high leverage of a 30-year fixed rate mortgage.

With so much of housing assistance going just to maintain the existing stock of affordable housing, there is little left over to support new construction
Apr. 30, 2014

As Congress continues to consider an overhaul of the federal tax code, a key priority must be to protect and expand federal support for the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit.

It is possible to inject greater flexibility into the underwriting process without necessarily increasing the risk of default
Apr. 24, 2014

Long-term housing finance reform is essential for removing the uncertainty surrounding mortgage finance. In addition, there are a number of immediate challenges for homebuyers trying to finance a house. Most importantly, it is far too difficult for many qualified people to obtain a mortgage.  

The plan builds on the work of Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Mark Warner (D-VA), who helped renew congressional interest in reform last year
Apr. 23, 2014

Achieving housing finance reform received a major boost when Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) and ranking member Mike Crapo (R-ID) recently unveiled their long-awaited reform proposal.  

CBO and OMB have widely different perspectives on the appropriate budgetary treatment of the GSEs
Mar. 21, 2014

BPC’s forum on the “Implications of GSE Reform for the Federal Budget and National Debt” provided a primer on how the federal government currently accounts for the conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the budgetary impact of proposals to wind down the two institutions.

Increasingly, investor demands on expiring tax credit partnerships threaten the long-term quality and affordability of housing credit properties
Mar. 11, 2014

Developers of affordable housing properties rely on the Low Income Housing Tax Credit to provide the equity needed to build quality housing that would otherwise be unaffordable to low-income households. 

A year after the release of the BPC Housing Commission report, Co-Chair Henry Cisneros examines priority areas
Feb. 25, 2014

Today marks the first anniversary of the release of the Commission’s report, Housing America’s Future: New Directions for National Policy. As readers of this blog know, our report highlights what we consider the most urgent housing challenges facing our country.

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