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Rental Housing

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?...

America's Rental Housing 2020

Author: Joint Center for Housing Studies | January 31, 2020

Despite slowing demand and the continued strength of new construction, rental markets in the US remain extremely tight. Vacancy rates are at decades-long lows, pushing up rents far faster than incomes. Both the number and share of cost-burdened renters are again on the rise, especially among middle-income households....

Documenting the Long-Run Decline in Low-Cost Rental Units in the US by State

Authors: Elizabeth La Jeunesse, Alexander Hermann, Daniel McCue, Jonathan Spader | September 17, 2019

Housing affordability has been a growing concern across the US over the past three decades. Low-income renters are particularly impacted by diminishing low-cost supply, as evidenced by a strong correlation at the US state level between the extent of losses of low-cost rentals and rising housing cost burdens for low-income households between 1990 to 2017....

Financial Intermediaries as Suppliers of Housing Quality

Author: Michael Reher | May 21, 2019

While rents for many households have grown faster than either inflation or renters’ wages since the Great Recession, most discussions have overlooked the role that financing practices may have contributed to the rent increases and loss of low-cost rental units....

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....

A PATHWAY TO PRESERVATION? PLANNING PROCESSES AT THE INTERSECTION OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA

A PATHWAY TO PRESERVATION? PLANNING PROCESSES AT THE INTERSECTION OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA

Author: Caroline Lauer | June 01, 2018

Cities across the United States have been actively planning for climate change for 20 years, but equity considerations, such as climate investments' impact on disadvantaged communities, have often been overlooked or ignored in the broader climate planning process. Most recently, scholars studying climate planning and its effects have identified the following questions for areas of future research: What policies have local municipal agencies developed that specifically benefit disadvantaged communities? Under what conditions do they develop and implement these proposals?...