Housing

Who’s after rare metals in the Klamath Mountains?
Who’s after rare metals in the Klamath Mountains?
While the region has a small cache of tellurium, politics and economics are in the way.
Why rural communities struggle to bring in much-needed federal grants
Why rural communities struggle to bring in much-needed federal grants
A new analysis suggests that over half of communities in the West lack the capacity to take advantage of infrastructure bill funding. Now what?
Portland community leaders bring the heat to building standards
Portland community leaders bring the heat to building standards
An activist collective says making buildings carbon-free is just the start.
Cultural extraction at the edge of the abyss
Cultural extraction at the edge of the abyss
Butte, Montana, doesn’t have a major art museum. Instead, it has a gigantic toxic pit.
Income inequality proliferates across the West
Income inequality proliferates across the West
How history, tax policies and gentrification play into wealth inequity.
Vacation resort replaces affordable housing in Teton Valley
Vacation resort replaces affordable housing in Teton Valley
Once-affordable towns near Jackson Hole have become real estate magnets since the pandemic.
Wildland firefighters struggle with homelessness
Wildland firefighters struggle with homelessness
Workers are being pushed out of the field by low pay and few affordable housing options.
7 statistics that illuminate the housing crisis
7 statistics that illuminate the housing crisis
Headwaters Economics shines a light on record-breaking costs in the West.
Home after fire: A new housing model aims to give kids stability
Home after fire: A new housing model aims to give kids stability
Wildfires often hit low-income, minority families the hardest. Talent, Oregon, offers a home-grown solution to the displacement that follows.
How community control of housing and land can help solve the housing crisis
How community control of housing and land can help solve the housing crisis
Communities are turning to land trusts and real estate cooperatives as possible solutions.
Where do public lands factor into the homelessness crisis?
Where do public lands factor into the homelessness crisis?
As the housing crisis in the West deepens, more unhoused people are making a home outside.
Could casitas help prevent displacement in the West’s cities?
Could casitas help prevent displacement in the West’s cities?
As the housing crisis worsens, advocates sound off on how to bring homes to the people.
Film: After wildfire, a motel becomes a temporary refuge
Film: After wildfire, a motel becomes a temporary refuge
Nearly 8,000 people lost their housing in Oregon’s Labor Day fires. Some are finally finding a home, for now.
Hotels for those left unhoused by wildfires
Hotels for those left unhoused by wildfires
As climate change ratchets up wildfire intensity, an Oregon program provides a step toward home.
Solving the West’s housing crisis
Solving the West’s housing crisis
We need to care for the priced-out average worker or something is bound to break.
The story of Stephen Vest’s killing and how wildfires intensify tragedy
The story of Stephen Vest’s killing and how wildfires intensify tragedy
Vest survived California’s largest wildfire but was left unhoused. Last year he was killed in an incident where police shot at him 11 times.
Albuquerque’s racist history haunts its housing market
Albuquerque’s racist history haunts its housing market
Policymakers and activists fight to remove pro-segregation, anti-immigrant provisions from property deeds.
Did James Plymell need to die?
Did James Plymell need to die?
How homelessness is criminalized in small cities and towns across the West.
Bozeman’s sole multicultural enclave faces evictions amid a housing crisis
Bozeman’s sole multicultural enclave faces evictions amid a housing crisis
For some residents, the displacement signals the loss of affordable housing — and the only diverse neighborhood in the Montana city.
Is it time to decolonize the housing market?
Is it time to decolonize the housing market?
In California, COVID-19 is exacerbating housing inequities. Indigenous activist Jackie Fielder believes she has a solution.
Utah housing advocates take on a cost crisis made worse by COVID-19
Utah housing advocates take on a cost crisis made worse by COVID-19
A new fund aims to acquire properties and maintain them at affordable rents.
The housing policy that’s turning back gentrification
The housing policy that’s turning back gentrification
In the wake of COVID-19, some California cities are introducing tenant protections.
COVID-19 pushed Seattle to provide housing for homeless people
COVID-19 pushed Seattle to provide housing for homeless people
Advocates hope to lock in this assistance beyond the pandemic.
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