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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. 


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


Oct 18, 2012
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Losing Ground: The Struggle of Moderate-Income Households to Afford the Rising Costs of Housing and Transportation

Robert Hickey, Jeffrey Lubell, Peter Haas, Stephanie Morse

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.

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Keywords: Transportation, Transit-Oriented Development, Cost Burden, Losing Ground, Center for Neighborhood Technology


Apr 5, 2012
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Housing an Aging Population: Are We Prepared?

Barbara Lipman, Jeffrey Lubell, Emily Salomon

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.

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Keywords: Housing Affordability, Older Adults, Elderly, Demographics, Population, Housing Choice, Supportive Housing, Disabilities, Residential Services