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More than 18 million rental units at risk from climate hazards as extreme weather becomes more common, Harvard study finds

More than 18 million rental units across the U.S. are exposed to climate- and weather-related hazards, according to the latest American Rental Housing Report from Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. Harvard researchers paired data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Risk Index with the five-year American Community Survey to find out what units are in the areas that are expected to have annual economic loss from environmental hazards such as wildfires, flooding, earthquakes, hurricanes and more.


Is This The $129,000 Solution to America's Housing Crisis?

High mortgage rates, lack of supply and elevated prices of homes have made the dream of owning a house for a lot of first-time buyers out of reach. But some experts suggest that one option that could help ameliorate the challenge of affordability in the housing market—manufactured homes, which cost $129,000 on average.

These homes, which are built and then placed on a lot, cost less to build, according to a recent study from researchers at Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies, which could also mean that they'd be cheaper to buy than traditional homes. The researchers point out that building a basic manufactured home could cost 35 percent less than a typical home.

The New York Times

​This Florida Mall Has Gucci, Prada … and Soon, Affordable Housing?

Renters in the Miami metropolitan area are the most cost-burdened in the country, according to a new report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, which measured how many people spent at least 30 percent of their household income on housing. The report also found that Florida was the most unaffordable state for renters, followed by Hawaii and Nevada.


Rental markets are softening, but half of U.S. tenants spend more than they can afford, Harvard report finds

“If you go through any sort of life crisis, you’re on the brink of homelessness,” said Whitney Airgood-Obrycki, lead author and senior research associate focused on affordable housing at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

Half of renters in the U.S. spent more than 30% of their income in 2022 on rent and utilities, according to the new America’s Rental Housing report by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.


Half of US tenants can’t afford to pay their rent. Here’s what’s ahead

However, median rent is still $309 higher than the same time in 2019, before the pandemic. That’s a 22% increase. And people have been feeling it. In some places, rents aren’t dropping at all. Rent is just increasing at a slower pace. Still, even if rents aren’t dropping like a rock, they aren’t expected to be skyrocketing in the same way this year. This may come as some relief to the 22.4 million households who, according to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, pay more than a third of their income in rent.