to read Joshua Holland's article published on December 1, 2014, click on
"Some cities — and some states — are taking an aggressive approach to their affordability gaps. Others are doing little or nothing to increase the supply of affordable housing.
What's clear is that at the federal, state and local levels, a lot more could be done...
Some metropolitan areas have established "regional housing trust funds" which take developer fees, federal block grants for community development and other sources of funding, then turn those dollars around to give developers an incentive to build affordable housing. These programs have borne fruit in communities like Clark County, Washington; Sacramento, California and Columbus, Ohio...
Section 8 voucher program, named after a provision of the Housing Act of 1937. This program makes up the difference between 30 percent of qualified tenants' incomes and market based rents. It provides tenants with vouchers they can give to their landlords, or guarantees that the government will make up what landlords who choose to build affordable housing projects would lose compared to building market-rate housing...
The take-away from all of this is that while many of our communities are facing a crisis of affordable housing, it doesn't have to be that way. There are a number of approaches to this very real problem, but so far our political class hasn't been up to the task. The real estate lobbies don't want the restrictions, and, as is true with so many other bread-and-butter issues, the politicians effectively have turned a blind eye to the problem."
see also Arnold Kunzli "Housing as a Human Right," 2003
Housing as a human right is subverted by the right of speculation.