Robbie Sequeira is a staff writer covering housing and social services for Stateline, which first published this report.
Other cities take note as New York City tells Airbnb: Fuhgeddaboudit
By: Robbie Sequeira - December 2, 2023
NEW YORK — As New York City’s busiest tourist season approaches — with travelers visiting holiday attractions across the city and the famed New Year’s Eve ball drop — the options of where to stay are shrinking. For years, it has been illegal for homes in New York City to be rented out for fewer […]
States grapple with racist language in real estate deeds
By: Robbie Sequeira - November 17, 2023
Lisa Boccetti is horrified by the restrictive covenant that is in the deed to her 1950s ranch house in Raleigh, North Carolina: It states that the land cannot be sold or occupied by Black people. The property “shall not be sold to negroes or to any person or persons of negro blood, and said premises shall […]
States are trying to prop up the child care industry. It isn’t enough.
By: Robbie Sequeira - October 11, 2023
State efforts to prop up child care might spare some providers from the worst effects of last month’s expiration of pandemic-related aid — at least temporarily. But the unraveling of a system plagued by a lack of affordability and access, low wages, staffing turnover and burnout will continue, experts say. “The basic business model of […]
Some cities are pushing for rent control. They’re meeting resistance.
By: Robbie Sequeira - August 7, 2023
With rents soaring since the COVID-19 pandemic tightened the housing supply, more local governments are considering rent control to keep increases in check and, ideally, protect struggling tenants whose incomes haven’t kept pace. At the same time, some states are enacting measures to prohibit cities from adopting rent control, a policy that has long divided economists and […]