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Publications in this section highlight the many ways in which affordable housing can help advance other important community objectives, such as good health, educational achievement, individual asset building, and economic development. The Center’s work in this area seeks both to clarify and document the benefits of affordable housing and to suggest ways to structure affordable housing to better achieve these broader goals.
Reducing the land costs of a residential project can be a valuable way to foster housing affordability for lower-income residents in the Washington, DC metro area. Given the region’s strong economy, growing population, and shortage of available land in desirable locations, the Washington, DC area is home to some of the highest land costs nationwide, making it difficult to build housing that is priced at levels affordable to low- and moderate-income households. By offering publicly owned land at reduced or no cost to developers, communities can reduce overall development costs significantly and make affordable housing possible with much lower direct public subsidy.
As an update to previous literature reviews in 2007 and 2011, the authors recently reviewed the academic research on the various ways in which the production, rehabilitation, or other provision of affordable housing may affect educational outcomes for children. This research review is organized around a series of hypotheses which have been investigated by academic and non-academic housing and other researchers. For this updated summary, new sources and summaries of recent research have been added to supplement previous research findings, and additional research areas have been included. The primary goal of this review is to provide policymakers and practitioners with key findings from the research on the link between housing and education in order to inform partners, advocate for policy change, and build support across the housing and education communities.
A Profile of the McCarver Elementary School Special Housing Program in Tacoma, Washington
A Profile of Paseo Verde in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
A Profile of the Richmond Health and Wellness Program at Dominion Place in Richmond, Virginia