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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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    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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    America: Land of opportunity

    I follow real estate agent Michelle Vega on Facebook, and this post appeared on my feed yesterday.  I love it.  Marlon is an entrepreneur who worked hard and earned enough money to snag this lovely home. So, no, there is no shame in wearing work clothes in this photo. …
    Terry Stoops, October 20, 2020
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    Professor calls on governor to suspend rent, mortgage, and utility payments

    An English professor from UNC Greensboro is asking public school teachers to sign on to a petition calling on Gov. Cooper to suspend rent, mortgage, and utility payments.  The petition is part of Rent Strike 2020, an “organizing campaign working in partnership with Socialist Alternative, the Rose Caucus, and branches of…
    Terry Stoops, March 18, 2020
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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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    Does Protecting the Middle Class Hurt Young People?

    This week, JLF’s Joe Coletti wrote a research brief on a recent Ed Glaeser interview that sheds light on how America’s programs to mitigate risk for the middle class have impaired opportunities for young people. Coletti writes: Over the past century, our rich country has taken steps to protect…
    Brenee Goforth, January 28, 2020
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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