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Alexander Roberts: Homelessness and the wealth gap

I do not like visiting the 35 homeless shelters our company operates too often. It’s not because of any issue with the facilities as...

Alexander Roberts: Westchester may prohibit employers from asking about convictions on...

Westchester County is poised to enact a law that would prohibit private employers from asking about an individual’s criminal record on the initial job application.

Alexander Roberts: A different approach to creating affordable housing

Every year the National Low Income Housing Coalition releases its “Out of Reach” report showing how much you need to earn to afford a modest apartment in your county. And every year Westchester County and Long Island rank among the least affordable places to live. 

Roberts Report: Housing, addiction and a society in decline

As a social services agency dealing with the homeless, we are seeing more deaths from drug overdoses.

Roberts Report: Astorino’s winning frame

Ever since I heard a lecture from Malcolm Gladwell, author of “The Tipping Point,” I have been fascinated by “framing,” as in how a public issue is framed.

The Roberts Report: Is the affordable single-family house dead?

It is poorly understood that there is no such thing as affordable new construction in Westchester and Fairfield counties without huge federal, state and...

Roberts Report: Dream hoarding is bad for business

A senior fellow of the Brookings Institution says it’s not just the top 1 percent of Americans by income who are responsible for growing income and wealth inequality. 

Roberts Report: It’s time to re-engineer government regulation for growth

In November, Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner announced on Facebook that the town had just installed solar panels on the roof of town hall,...

Rye Brook and the common good

The room at Rye Brook Village Hall was packed on Oct. 18. Forty residents turned out to unanimously oppose a multifamily development in their...

Roberts Report: Regulation, not government, is choking business

Goal-based regulation would insure that projects receive time limits and bureaucrats who delay consideration of approvals would be held accountable.

The Roberts Report: Lessons of the Consent Decree

Changing market forces may present an opportunity to expand fair housing opportunities in Westchester County.

Column: Is inequality killing the American Dream?

Social science is on the cusp of a revolution as the introduction of big data is allowing us to measure social ills and inequality, as well as evaluate taxpayer-funded social programs that have been long on promise but short on objective results.

Column: HUD protects a criminal’s right to housing

The HUD Office of General Counsel issued an advisory that says that owners must look at the nature, severity or “recency” of the criminal conduct and then make an “individualized assessment.”