affordable housing

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    Yet Again, Progressive Policy Makes Things Worse

    Determined to strike out on my own after college, I quickly realized that my eyes were bigger than my paycheck when it came to finding a place to rent. For a time, I shared an apartment with a relative. I could afford half the rent and utilities for a decent…
    Donna Martinez, November 15, 2021
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    Housing Must Keep Up With Job Growth

    The future belongs to the cities that can keep affordable housing growth properly matched to job growth. And that’s proving too difficult for some city governments, especially in states with extensive land-use regulations. Perhaps cities like San Francisco, Boston, and New York should take a lesson or two from North…
    Brooke Medina, July 20, 2021
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    SB 349, Increase Housing Opportunities is a good idea. Here’s what I had to say about it.

    I spoke in favor of SB 349, Increase Housing Opportunities this afternoon in the Senate Finance Committee. Here’s what I said: With the new census numbers in and as Apple’s recent announcement reminds us, North Carolina has been an attractive and affordable alternative for businesses and people to move.  You…
    Becki Gray, May 5, 2021
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    The boom and the short; NC’s growing chasm between population and affordable housing

    Americans are voting with their feet and many have chosen to migrate to North Carolina thanks to her beautiful economic climate. We have grown so much that we’ve even added a 14th congressional seat to our delegation. However, if there is…
    Brooke Medina, April 27, 2021
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    The free market can tackle the need for affordable housing

    This week, Locke’s Jon Sanders participated in a Davidson College virtual forum that brought together diverse views on how to address the need for affordable housing. Jon advocated for new and fresh thinking, including allowing the free market to work.   Jon also discussed further the concept of…
    Donna Martinez, April 1, 2021
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    Should Doctors Prescribe Housing?

    Recently, California Governor Gavin Newsom shared a new idea for how the state can address its ever-growing homeless population: doctors’ prescriptions for housing. JLF’s Jordan Roberts examined the plan and its similarities with public health policies in North Carolina in a research brief this week. Roberts quotes the Washington Examiner:…
    Brenee Goforth, March 4, 2020
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    Sanders: Do Social Concerns Trump Housing Warren, Impeach Gentrification?

    More housing options (including granny flats, garage units, and multiple dwelling units per residence, not just apartments and townhomes) would relax  upward pressure on housing prices. But they would certain not prevent a neighborhood from changing.
    Jon Sanders, November 20, 2019
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    Charlotte Observer Features JLF’s Jon Sanders on Wage Increases

    Last week, the Charlotte Observer published an article on the intersection of wages and affordable housing. The story reads: Consider Charlotte’s affordable housing crisis as a math problem. Housing costs are too high. Wages are too low. How do you solve it? So far, the community has focused on half…
    Brenee Goforth, October 31, 2019