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Coronavirus and economic uncertainty put home renovation market on ice

After three years of 6% to 7% growth, the home renovation market is now projected to stop growing and even shrink by the fourth quarter of this year, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA), a quarterly measure of remodeling activity by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

US News & World Report

Cities Must do More to Protect Older Homeless Americans From COVID-19

The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies found that in 2019 in California, 35% of renters ages 65 to 79, and 42% of renters 80 or older, were rent-burdened, meaning that more than half of their incomes went to housing. The job losses and economic strains resulting from the coronavirus crisis are placing many more at risk of losing their homes.


Coronavirus economy could burst America's big-city rent bubble

The months ahead could bring a construction slowdown caused by a skittish luxury market, while landlords could face their own cash crunches as renters default, said Whitney Airgood-Obrycki, a research associate at Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies.

The New York Times

On the Streets of Los Angeles

A 2019 report by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing studies found that California has the highest share of households spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing, while 42 percent of Californians are struggling to make ends meet.

Boston Review

Should There Be a COVID-19 Rent Strike?

Millions of workers in the United States live paycheck to paycheck. According to the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, 18.2 million U.S. families pay more than 50 percent of their income on housing.

Minnesota Public Radio

State housing help likely on the way as part of pandemic response

Nearly half of Twin cities renters pay more than 30 percent of their income for housing, and more than half of area households earning less than $30,000 a year pay more than half their income for rent, according to a report in January from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.