Rachel M. Cohen

Rachel M. Cohen

Rachel M. Cohen is a journalist based in Washington D.C.

A child plays in a city-sanctioned encampment for homeless families in San Diego.

A Bill to Help Homeless Kids Has a Surprising Foe: Homeless Advocates

A bill designed to expand HUD’s recognition of homelessness has focused attention on the debate over who counts as the most vulnerable population.

Michelle Halonen with daughters Madilyn, right, and Ellie, in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. The Twin City suburb is one of several in the metro area that's making efforts to keep housing costs under control.

When a Suburb Tries to Densify, Forget ‘Minnesota Nice’

Outside the Twin Cities, housing advocates are fighting with local governments, reluctant neighbors—and, occasionally, each other.

An Unusual Idea for Fixing School Segregation

What if the answer lies in changing how college admissions work?

A family stands in front of their apartment building in a Chicago suburb.

A Five-Decade Fight to Improve Housing Choices for the Poor

The 91-year-old Chicago lawyer Alexander Polikoff, who argued the landmark Gautreaux case, is still working to increase housing mobility and desegregate urban areas.

Education Isn't the Key to a Good Income

A growing body of research debunks the idea that school quality is the main determinant of economic mobility.

Reeling from a Murder Spike, Baltimore Grasps at a Gun Bill

The controversial bill establishes a mandatory minimum penalty for illegal firearm possession.

The Hopes and Fears Around Ben Carson's Favorite Public Housing Program

HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration program tries to save public housing units by transferring them to the private sector. It’s earned bipartisan support, but some housing advocates worry about accountability.