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When subsidized housing isn’t safe, renters struggle to get help from HUD

Written By: Mollie Bryant (NATIONAL) Since June, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has inspected at least 1,200 HUD-subsidized properties, agency data shows. But...

Rising rental fees are feeding evictions and homelessness

Written By: Mollie Bryant (NATIONAL) Four years ago, Creeks Edge Apartments renters were frustrated by a slew of fees at the complex in Austin, Texas. Read this story on Streetlight...

Housing News How Tulsa band leader Ernie Fields pushed for opportunities for Black musicians

Written By: Mollie Bryant (TULSA, Okla.) As a jazz fan, I was excited to dig into Carmen Fields’ new book about her father Ernie Fields, a Tulsa band leader who performed in Oklahoma and...

HUD hasn’t inspected some subsidized properties for a decade or longer, agency data says

Written By: Mollie Bryant (NATIONAL) Last year, Deshundra Tate, 31, and her 5-year-old daughter, Kendra, died after a gas leak in their apartment at Sunset Village in Cleveland,...

Housing or treatment first? This Oklahoma shelter highlights complexity of reducing homelessness

Written By: Mollie Bryant (NORMAN, Okla.) Ending homelessness isn’t controversial—but how and where to do that can quickly draw opposition in many communities. Read this story on...

How curfews affect unhoused and runaway kids

Written By: Mollie Bryant (NATIONAL) In the past year, a wave of cities and counties have revived youth curfews. Cities like Oklahoma City, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Chicago have...

How rental assistance programs have evolved during the pandemic

Written By: Mollie Bryant (NATIONAL) A federal rental assistance program is drawing to a close, and housing stability programs are facing higher demand as eviction filings have...

Criminal records can lock people out of housing assistance. HUD’s creating new rules to help

Written By: Mollie Bryant (NATIONAL) Decades ago, a Clinton-era policy allowed people with criminal records to be denied public housing assistance, like Section 8 vouchers. Today, public...

Emotional support animals spark skepticism from some landlords

Written By: Mollie Bryant (NATIONAL) In 2021, a renter applied to lease a unit in the Madison Place Apartments, a newly renovated Winona, Minnesota apartment building that was originally...

How a shortage of foster placement options can lead to more youth arrests

Written By: Mollie Bryant (NATIONAL) About a fifth of incarcerated people in the United States lived in a foster home or institution at some point when they were growing up. Read this...