Congress May Give USDA Tenants a Rent Increase Reprieve

In the Continuing Resolution enacted to keep the government in business, Congress included an “anomaly” that permits the USDA to ignore the “no re-renewal” rule. Now, Secretary Vilsack has the discretion to renew Rental Assistance contracts that have run out of funds.


Promoting Affordable Housing Development: A Tale of Two Portlands

Coast to coast, cities are looking for ways to promote the development of affordable low-income housing. In Maine, city officials are using a consensus-building approach to manage the housing economy to make room for a variety of income levels. In Oregon, politicians are offering short-term emergency solutions to longstanding needs in a “hot” rental market.