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Housing Solutions

Publications in this section highlight tools and strategies for addressing housing challenges in your community.  The Center’s housing solutions resources cover a broad range of topics – from state and local policies to preserve and expand the supply of affordable homes to efforts to meet the housing needs of older adults and families in areas vulnerable to natural disasters.


Mar 27, 2014
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Aging in Every Place: Supportive Service Programs for High and Low Density Communities

Janet Viveiros, Maya Brennan

As the Baby Boom generation ages, the number of older adults living in America will double by 2050, with nearly 19 million of those adults age 85 or older. Authors Maya Brennan and Janet Viveiros examine the success that home-and community-based supportive service programs have on older adult populations aged 65 or older to maintain their quality of life as they age in their homes, whether those homes are in cities, suburbs, or rural America. Home- and community-based supportive service programs offer many types of assistance, often including case management, medical services, social activities and personal care assistance, which address difficulty completing essential tasks like eating, bathing, dressing and walking. Some programs also include home safety evaluations, help with minor home repairs, and other services to increase the suitability of older adults’ homes.

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Keywords: Older Adults, Supportive Housing, Supportive Services, aging in place, community-based supportive services, home-based supportive services


Oct 3, 2013
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Building Support for Affordable Homeownership and Rental Choices: A Summary of Research Findings on Public Opinion and Messaging on Affordable Housing

Rebecca Cohen, Janet Viveiros

This brief is designed to provide affordable housing advocates and practitioners with information on the lessons learned from research about how to effectively communicate about affordable housing with the public and policymakers. This brief draws from 35 research studies related to affordable housing communications and summarizes key findings about public opinion, messages, and suggestions for further research that could add to our understanding of how to communicate effectively about housing affordability. 

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Keywords: Communications, Messaging, Public Opinion, Polls, Language, Framing, Marketing


Jul 10, 2013
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The Role of Community Land Trusts in Fostering Equitable Transit-Oriented Development: Case Studies from Atlanta, Denver, and the Twin Cities

Robert Hickey

This report, published in conjunction with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the National Community Land Trust Network, explores how Community Land Trusts (CLTs) are helping to ensure that affordably priced, transit-accessible homes will continue to be available for lower-income households as regions like Atlanta, Denver, and the Twin Cities expand and create new transit systems.

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Keywords: Transportation, Transit-Oriented Development, Transit Accessibility, Shared-Equity Homeownership, Community Land Trusts


May 8, 2013
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Veterans Permanent Supportive Housing: Policy and Practice

Maya Brennan, Ethan Handelman, Sarah Jawaid

A guide to policy and practice for veterans permanent supportive housing, highlighting essential elements, funding programs, and examples of developments across the U.S.

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Keywords: Supportive Housing, Veterans, Supportive Services, Policy Guide


Feb 21, 2013
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Comparing the Costs of New Construction and Acquisition-Rehab In Affordable Multifamily Rental Housing

Maya Brennan, Amy Deora, Anker Heegaard, Albert Lee, Jeffrey Lubell, Charlie Wilkins

This research working paper uses the lifecycle cost methodology to compare the total cost of developing and maintaining multifamily affordable rental housing over a 50-year period using either acquisition-rehab or new construction. Our analysis of a convenience sample of more than 200 properties found that, all else equal, new construction added approximately $40,000 to $71,000 (25 to 45 percent) per-unit to the lifecycle costs.   

This paper is part of a suite of materials exploring lifecycle underwriting, including an online tool and two additional working papers.

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Keywords: Preservation, Multifamily Rental, Lifecycle Underwriting