Seizing on Fertile Opportunities for Achieving Housing Policy Change

Posted by Jonathan Reckford on February 22, 2017

With a new administration and Congress starting to take action, opportunities for improving housing conditions in the U.S. are wide open—and the timing couldn’t be more crucial. While increased demand in the rental market is helping to drive recovery from the Great Recession, the number of cost-burdened renters is at an historic high, as 11.4 million people still struggle to afford a decent place to rent. Meanwhile, the ability of Americans to access credit and afford the purchase of a home is at an all-time low, resulting in homeownership levels dropping to the lowest in half a century.

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Jonathan T.M. Reckford is chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit Christian housing organization that, since 1976, has helped more than 5 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes in more than 70 countries. Jonathan serves on the boards of InterAction, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Duke Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship and Industrial Heat. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Urban Steering Committee for the World Economic Forum. He is the author of a book titled Creating a Habitat for Humanity: No Hands but Yours.

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