Housing Commission Blog

The monthly mortgage payment on the median-priced home was just $644 in 2012, the lowest level since 1972
Aug. 5, 2013

If homeownership is more affordable than ever, why is it so tough to get a mortgage? That’s a big question confronting many families who find themselves shut out of the mortgage market and unable to take advantage of today’s record low rates and favorable home prices.

QUESTION: Who are unconventional stakeholders who can help rally support for housing?
Jul. 31, 2013

Welcome to the BPC Housing Commission expert forum! This forum is intended to foster interactive and substantive discussion about pressing housing issues. Each month contributors from different parts of the housing sector will be invited to respond to a discussion topic.

Guest posts are shared regularly with Housing Commissioners to help inform their work.

Have a pressing question you’d like us to consider? Please leave it in the comments section. We encourage you and our expert bloggers to add comments, contributing to the national dialogue on solutions for the future of the housing sector.

Expert bloggers are not members of the BPC Housing Commission. Any views expressed on this forum do not necessarily represent the views of the Housing Commission, its Co-Chairs, or the Bipartisan Policy Center.


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HOPE SF: Rallying Support For Housing Through Unexpected Partnerships
By Terri Ludwig

As advocates of affordable housing, partnership needs to be in our DNA.

Advocates can’t solve our nation’s housing problems on their own—nor can governments, nor philanthropists, nor corporations. And we can’t build strong communities just by building homes. For low-income families to have any chance at a better life, housing must be linked to good schools, well paying jobs, quality health care and other opportunities.

Jul. 9, 2013

By Henry Cisneros

The American population is getting older every year. By 2030, there will be nearly 73 million Americans aged 65 or above and nearly nine million who are 85 or older. An overwhelming majority of these seniors will seek to remain in their own homes and communities and “age in place.”

Jun. 27, 2013

The Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission released an infographic illustrating how skyrocketing student loan debt levels hinder a full recovery of the housing market.

Jun. 20, 2013

New survey findings illustrate shifting perceptions of homeownership and rental housing

By Kit Bond and Henry Cisneros

The How Housing Matters Survey, a new national survey conducted by Hart Research Associates and commissioned by the MacArthur Foundation, is a "must read" for anyone interested in developing a relevant, effective national housing policy.

Jun. 17, 2013

On Monday, June 17, the Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission held a symposium on “Housing Finance Reform: Is Inertia Gaining Momentum?” The keynote speaker, Lew Ranieri - considered the “father” of the securitized mortgage market - answered the question by characterizing the status quo as not only unsustainable, but unacceptable! He outlined three reasons for this view: (1) The federal government should not “own” the mortgage market, (2) The current credit box is foreclosing homeownership opportunities for working families across the country, and (3) Tight credit is limiting economic growth.

Jun. 12, 2013

The legendary American inventor Thomas Edison once cautioned, “we shall have no better conditions in the future if we are satisfied with all those which we have at present.” Edison, of course, was warning that complacency, a satisfied acceptance of the status quo, could be the enemy of progress.

Jun. 10, 2013

This post was originally published by the Ripon Society.

A 1996 Wall Street Journal article once described us as the “odd couple” of federal housing policy. While hailing from different backgrounds and holding divergent political views, we remain united -- some 17 years later -- in our belief that ensuring broad access to decent and affordable housing is a goal our country must never abandon. This sentiment has guided the work of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Commission and is a key principle of the commission’s report, Housing America’s Future: New Directions for National Policy. We are privileged to serve as co-chairs of the commission, along with former Senators George Mitchell and Mel Martinez.

Jun. 5, 2013

Welcome to the BPC Housing Commission expert forum! This forum is intended to foster interactive and substantive discussion about pressing housing issues. Each month contributors from different parts of the housing sector will be invited to respond to a discussion topic.

Guest posts are shared regularly with Housing Commissioners to help inform their work.

May. 30, 2013

Mixed-Use Neighborhoods May Be Safer, Too

By Emily Badger

The Atlantic

"Neighborhoods with a mix of residences, offices and retail outlets are now conventionally thought to have a host of benefits, a departure in thinking from the years of urban planning when cities sought to segregate uses of land, with the houses in one corner of town and the shopping district in another. Mixed-use neighborhoods enable people to walk more, with downstream health benefits. They help cut down on traffic congestion, and therefore pollution. For many people, they create livelier communities and a higher quality of life." Read more here.

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