Understanding the experiences of van dwellers is important not just for those looking to cut their ties to rents and mortgages, but also for community planners and employers.
Ghettos of crime, drugs and vice? Full of people bludging off the state? That's typical of the unfair stigma attached to public housing, and it distracts us from more fundamental issues.
A loose patchwork of measures and systems has left millions at risk of slipping through the cracks as the pandemic's economic downturn hits.
Current measures prohibiting the eviction of tenants and helping them through the financial crisis won't last forever. A 40-year-old voucher program might be a longer term solution.
Even as Americans are all told to remain at home, millions are now unemployed and must scramble to figure out how to pay for that home.
COVID-19 has brought about unprecedented unemployment and financial insecurity, but it's not the first time people have faced challenges fulfilling some of their most basic needs.
It's time to reset Canada's housing policies to make cities more affordable and more socially just places to live.
More than 10 million older Americans struggle to make ends meet, with many going without necessary health care and basic needs as living costs rise.
Record numbers of people are in work but the number of those in employment and in poverty is also rising.
The Earned Income Tax Credit was established in 1975 to reduce payroll taxes and help with rising prices for low-income families. Today, it could help poor families with housing.
New York City's municipal budget relies heavily on the property taxes of extremely high-value real estate. That drives gentrification and distorts local policy in other ways that hurt residents.
Not all landlords see their properties purely as investments. As welfare reforms take hold, some are starting to take greater responsibility for the well-being of their tenants.
Housing laws in England can still leave tenants without proper protection, but the latest reforms offer hope for the future.
Landlords could have a big impact on public health, if they help their tenants to feel at home.
Eleven percent of Americans spend more than half of their paycheck on housing. These households rate their health as lower and are less likely to have access to enough nutritious food.