Category Archives: Family. And stuff.

Housing rental market is in a crisis

imagesAnd that’s not just me saying it. That’s no less a body than the Urban Institute, which explores the housing affordability gap for extremely low-income renters. Finding housing is a crisis for some families, which means it’s a crisis for the rest of us, too.

Just 28 of every 100 extremely poor families are able to find adequate housing in this country. That’s down from 37 percent in 2000, and that is abysmal. (If you have the time, do read the link above. I did and it raises some interesting points, but I question the role privatization can play in increasing the country’s stock of affordable housing. But that just may be me.

More to the point, check out this cool graphic. You can learn a lot just playing around on that graphic.

And thanks, Leftover — as always, for these links.

Check out Fisher-Price’s new campaign

o-PROUD-PARENTING-570It’s called Proud Parenting, and you can read more here.

This story has everything: Family, drama, issues of class…

PhotoWSCampbell4-12I wrote about the Scarborough 11, the group of people who’ve banded together to form an intentional community in Hartford. They’ve been living in one for years in Hartford, but stuff started flying when they bought a mansion on one of the city’s toniest streets and the neighbors cried foul.

The column isĀ  here. For Mother Courant. I wrote about this group earlier for Connecticut Magazine. I really hope this family — now heading to court — prevails.

(Up top, that’s the Scarborough 11 minus 7: Simon DeSantis, Julia Rosenblatt, Hannah Simms, and Dave Rozza. They just happened to be around the day I visited. You should get to know them. They’re good people.)

We suck.

How to provide for your family if you’re famous but not-rich

 

Back in 1969, Neil Armstrong, who died Aug. 25, and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins, the other Apollo 11 astronauts, figured out a way to provide for their families when the threesome couldn’t afford life insurance back in the ’60s.

They signed autographs — lots and lots of autographs.

Look! Pakistan has more maternity leave than we do!

Of course, that’s not hard if your baseline is zero.

Those nutsy, krazy, kookie Swedes!

They’re looking to extend paternity leave.

Who has mandatory paternity leave? And who doesn‘t?