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Our research is regularly cited in national and local news outlets; below is some of our recent press coverage.

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The Wall Street Journal

Economy Could Spoil Home-Improvement Party

Home-improvement expenditures are expected to decline in most of America’s largest metropolitan areas this year in response to the economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to projections published April 30 by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

The Washington Post

Security deposits can be a high-cost hurdle to affordable housing

“Many of the households with earners in at-risk industries were already struggling with housing affordability,” says Whitney Airgood-Obrycki, research associate at the Joint Center for Housing Studies, “and the pandemic has only made the situation worse.”

The New York Times

America’s Cities Could House Everyone, if They Chose To

The government calculates $600 is the most a family living at the poverty line can afford to pay in monthly rent while still having enough money for food, health care and other needs. From 1990 to 2017, the number of housing units available below that price shrank by four million.

The Architect's Newspaper

Lead with a mission-first design process to provide affordable housing

One of the words most often associated with affordable housing is “crisis.” Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies annual report reveals that 31.5 percent of all households are paying more than 30 percent of their income on housing.

Consumer Affairs

The coronavirus has delayed many home remodeling projects

“With the pandemic exacerbating localized slowdowns in house prices, existing-home sales, and homebuilding, many metros will see even more pronounced erosion of home renovation activity this year,” said Abbe Will, associate project director in the Remodeling Futures Program at JCHS.

The New Yorker

Cancel the Rent

From June of 2018 to July of 2019, Harvard researchers found that the median rent for an unfurnished apartment in a new building was $1,620, a 37% increase from the median rent in 2000. To state the obvious, that’s more than Trump’s one-off stimulus check.