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Empowering Resident Leaders: Lessons from NeighborWorks’ Community Leadership Institute

Author: Margaret Haltom | April 24, 2020

Since 1993, NeighborWorks America has convened over 15,000 lower-income resident leaders at the Community Leadership Institute (CLI). From nearly three decades of large-scale resident support, the CLI stands out as the nation’s largest effort to amplify resident voices, but no research has explored the CLI’s outcomes, or sought to understand what the resident experience is like, or what community initiatives have resulted following the CLI. This paper offers the first review of the CLI, informed by conversations with more than 70 resident participants, qualitative and quantitative data from 493 participant questionnaires, and case studies of two affordable housing provider....

More for Less? An Inquiry into Design and Construction Strategies for Addressing Multifamily Housing Costs

Author: Hannah Hoyt | March 16, 2020

How can developers, architects and contractors address multifamily housing costs through design and construction decisions?...

A Home Builder Perspective on Housing Affordability and Construction Innovation

Authors: Kent Colton, Gopal Ahluwalia | July 15, 2019

The backdrop for the HIVE (Housing Innovation Vision Economics) Home Builder Survey was a shortage of housing and a serious housing affordability challenge – some would call it a crisis – in many parts of the nation. By surveying top single-family and multifamily builders around the United States, it was possible to identify key issues of interest to the homebuilding industry....

PRO Neighborhoods: Innovative Strategies for Affordable Housing

Authors: Alexander von Hoffman, Matthew Arck | June 13, 2019

This brief describes five novel and replicable programs that are providing housing for low- and moderate-income Americans....

Strategies for Sustainable Growth in Community Land Trusts

Author: Aneliese Palmer | April 22, 2019

While there has been significant research on the formation and impact of Community Land Trusts (CLT), less has been written on either the obstacles that have stymied the growth of existing CLTs or the strategies used by the handful of CLT leaders who have significantly expanded their group’s housing portfolios....

Estimating the Gap in Affordable and Available Rental Units for Families

Authors: Whitney Airgood-Obrycki, Jennifer Molinsky | April 02, 2019

While we typically think of family households as homeowners, renters are more likely than homeowners to have children in their household. However, migration, development, and tenure trends over the last decade have affected the availability of rental housing suitable for families. For low-income households with children, finding an affordable, right-sized, and safe unit can be a significant challenge....