Robbie Sequeira is a staff writer covering housing and social services for Stateline.
States grapple with racist language in real estate deeds
By: Robbie Sequeira - November 20, 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 […]
Older adults want to ‘age in place,’ but their options are limited in most states
By: Robbie Sequeira - November 6, 2023
As older adults begin to outnumber young people in the United States in the coming decade, advocacy groups are challenging states to shift away from single-family zoning in favor of housing solutions that allow older adults to “age in place.” By 2035, the U.S. will have more people over the age of 65 than under […]
States are trying to prop up the child care industry. It isn’t enough.
By: Robbie Sequeira - October 9, 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 […]
Amid rising evictions and rents, states grapple with protections in tenant-landlord laws
By: Robbie Sequeira - September 26, 2023
At 90 years old, Hilda Chavera has found a new purpose in life: tenant organizing. A Minneapolis resident for 50 years, Chavera said she has seen her city change, with many of her neighbors struggling to stay in their homes. “People can’t afford their rent. They are getting kicked out of their homes. They feel […]
Couch, car or curb: Defining which young person is ‘homeless’ affects aid state by state
By: Robbie Sequeira - August 17, 2023
Youth homelessness takes less recognizable forms: couch-surfing teens and children whose families have been forced to double up with relatives or friends.
Some states protect Section 8 renters, but enforcement is elusive
By: Robbie Sequeira - July 23, 2023
Marcella Roberson is ready to move. She and her 17-year-old son have been looking for a new apartment for four years because, she says, they’ve suffered domestic violence in their current living situation in Camden, New Jersey. She hopes her federal housing voucher can bring them a new home and a chance at safety. But […]