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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.
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.
In this report, the Center for Housing Policy and CNT have partnered to gauge the housing and transportation cost burdens of moderate-income households living in the 25 largest metro areas at the end of the decade. Newly available data give us an opportunity to assess the impact on combined costs of the rapid rise and fall of home prices during the 2000s, the recent rebound in rents, and the nation’s increased suburbanization over the past decade.
This report from the Center for Housing Policy explores the effects of the growing population of older adults on the demand for housing, the challenge of providing meaningful housing choices for older adults of all incomes, and the policies that could help communities across the country respond to the dual challenges of providing older adults with affordable housing and adequate services.
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 2008-2010, report author Laura Williams finds that nearly one in four working households in the U.S. spends more than half of its income on housing, and that this figure rose over the study period. Despite falling home values, housing affordability worsened significantly both for working owners and renters between 2008 and 2010.
This case study, one of three prepared by the Center for Housing Policy presented at the National Building Museum's How Housing Matters Conference, looks at how secure and affordable housing can provide a platform for children's educational success.