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Housing Affordability

Publications in this section document the nature and extent of the nation’s affordable housing challenges, including analyses of trends and point-in-time snapshots.  Several publications shed light on the the impacts of affordable housing on other outcomes.  With a better understanding of local and national housing needs, practitioners and policymakers can work to develop appropriate solutions. 


Feb 19, 2014
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Housing Landscape 2014

Janet Viveiros, Lisa Sturtevant

Even as the economy continues to improve, many American workers are still struggling to make ends meet. Authors Lisa Sturtevant and Janet Viveiros analyze 2009-2012 American Community Survey data to find that for millions of households, housing costs account for more than half of the household's monthly income. And even though the share of working households with a severe housing cost burden fell in 2012, housing affordability remains a severe challenge for millions of working individuals and families. Renter households are more than twice as likely to be housing cost burdened than owner households. In 2012, 24.7 percent of all renter households were severely burdened compared to 10.5 percent of all owner households. 

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Keywords: Housing Affordability, Housing Costs, Landscape, Housing Landscape, Rental, Homeownership, Cost Burden, Renters, Working Households


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


Aug 15, 2013
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Paycheck to Paycheck 2013: A Snapshot of Metropolitan Housing Affordability for Travel and Tourism Workers

Maya Brennan, Janet Viveiros

As signs increasingly point to a housing market recovery, finding affordable housing can be difficult for low- and moderate-income workers, including workers in the travel industry. In this edition of Paycheck to Paycheck, we look at housing affordability in 207 metropolitan areas for mid-career workers in the following five travelrelated jobs: auto mechanics, flight attendants, hotel front desk managers, housekeepers, and wait staff.

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Keywords: Jobs, Paycheck to Paycheck, Rental, Homeownership, Working Households


May 2, 2013
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Housing Landscape 2013

Maya Brennan, Janet Viveiros

This annual report explores severe housing cost burden among working households in the U.S. Drawing on the latest U.S. Census American Communities Survey data from 2008-2011, report authors Janet Viveiros and Maya Brennan find that more than a quarter of all working households in the U.S. spend more than half of their income on housing, and that this figure rose in communities and state around the country over the study period. Working renter households bore the brunt of this trend, with incomes falling by more than 3 percent while their housing costs rose by nearly 6 percent.

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Keywords: Housing Affordability, Housing Costs, Landscape, Housing Landscape, Rental, Homeownership, Cost Burden, Renters, Working Households