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How Housingā€™s New Players Spiraled Into Banksā€™ Old Mistakes


Matthew Goldstein, Rachel Abrams, and Ben Protess | New York Times | June 26, 2016


"Housing advocates argue that large private equity firms investing in rental housing should do more for the communities where they operate. 'The urban areas took a big hit, and they have stayed down,' said Alan Mallach, senior fellow at the Center for Community Progress, a nonprofit that advises communities on dealing with vacant and blighted homes. 'These firms are going into markets which would have recovered anyway.'”



How to Make City Housing More Affordable


Mark Peters | Wall Street Journal | April 24, 2016


"Housing-assistance programs often help the neediest, while leaving a large swath of the population shut out. And requirements that builders set aside affordable units or pay into a fund to build such units come with their own challenges, notably that growth in affordable housing comes to rely on a much larger increase in market-rate housing. So, while such programs help, they don’t provide a huge bang for the buck, says Alan Mallach, a senior fellow at the Center for Community Progress. The number of affordable units they produce 'is incredibly sensitive to how strong the market is,' he says.”



EDITORIAL: Help for homeowners facing tax sales

Robin Jacobs | Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2016


"Baltimore City's communities deserve a system in which no homeowner loses his or her house and all its equity as a result of the privatized and byzantine tax collection process; where vacant, nuisance properties are swiftly put into productive re-use; and where the city collects sorely needed revenue to fund city services.”



Land bank works to revive at-risk neighborhoods, one house at a time

Joseph Popiolkowski | Buffalo News | February 29, 2016


"Land banks came to New York with the passage of legislation in 2011 as part of the third generation being created nationwide in Ohio, New York and many other states, he said.”


In Baltimore's battle with blight, some best practices

Tom Hall & Jonna McKone | WYPR | February 19, 2016


"Today we want to get some context for these plans - what policies and practices make eliminating blight successful for city economies and the people who live in them?  And what locks communities out of economic growth and change? Alan Mallach joins Tom in the studio.”



Can we fix American cities by tearing them down?

Patrick Clark | Bloomberg Business | January 13, 2016


"In its 2016 budget appropriation, passed last month, Congress allocated an additional $2 billion to the Hardest Hit Fund. Advocates for blight elimination would like Treasury to expand the number of states that can use the money for demolitions from six to 18, said Dekonti Mends-Cole, policy director at the Center for Community Progress, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit dedicated to the issue.”



Detroit-led blight fight may spur demolitions across U.S.

Todd Spangler | Detroit Free Press | December 18, 2015


"'Even if we’re talking half (of the $2 billion) for blight, that’s more or less triple what has been committed so far,' said Alan Mallach, an urban expert and senior fellow at the Center for Community Progress in Washington. 'This is clearly going to be a lot of money for places like Detroit and Cleveland and Toledo and Gary.'”



The threat to Detroits rebound is not crime or the economy, it is the mortgage industry

Anna Clark | Next City | December 7, 2015


"When home sales are artificially low because of the lack of mortgages and fair-value appraisals, 'it can essentially collapse a neighborhood,' she says. I ask her if the impact is disparate enough to echo the redlining of years past. She says, simply, 'I do.'”



Blight Inc.: How our government helps investors profit from neighborhood decay


Brian Eason | Indianapolis Star | November 14, 2015


"He said government tax sales don’t function like normal markets. They’re designed only to collect taxes, not necessarily to seek a fair market price for the property. As long as the taxes come in, the government doesn’t mind giving up the homes for less than they are worth.”


Detroit Future City initiative uniting communities through vacant land revitalization


Russ White | M Live | November 2, 2015


"One of the more tactical tools the implementation office has created is a field guide to redeveloping and repurposing vacant lots in Detroit. Kinkead says the goal is to unite communities and residents by showing them how to beautify and improve their neighborhoods. 'We're taking a lot of our broader land use strategies and open space strategies connected to beautification and innovative systems and tying them into a key document,' he says."