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Center Publications and Resources

The Center for Housing Policy’s publications cover a range of topics, programs and policies related to the broad goal of identifying and meeting the nation’s housing challenges.  

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Aug 29, 2011

Public Transit’s Impact on Housing Costs: A Review of the Literature

Keith Wardrip

Building and expanding a fixed rail public transit system is a considerable undertaking for any metropolitan region. Investments on this scale, which can run in the billions of dollars, certainly reshape how people move throughout a region, but their impacts do not end at the turnstile. For residents and businesses that place importance on accessibility, such investments can also essentially redistribute the value of location within a region, making a place more or less desirable than before simply because of its proximity to the transit system. And as we know, a residential location’s value is best reflected in how much people are willing to pay to live there. 

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Keywords: Transportation, Transit-Oriented Development, Housing Costs, Transit Accessibility

Aug 4, 2011

The Economic and Fiscal Benefits of Affordable Housing

Rebecca Cohen, Keith Wardrip

Drawing on literature reviews published by the Center for Housing Policy in January 2011, this Planning Commissioners’ Journal article outlines the various ways in which affordable housing can create jobs, increase tax revenues, and generally foster economic growth. The article also includes an overview of several effective state and local strategies for developing affordable housing.

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Keywords: Housing and Economic Development, State and Local Housing Policy

Jul 25, 2011

Taking Asset Building and Earnings Incentives to Scale in HUD-Assisted Rental Housing

Reid Cramer, Jeffrey Lubell

In the United States, housing assistance is not an entitlement. Despite annual federal expenditures in excess of $30 billion for housing subsidies distributed to roughly 4.8 million households, millions of eligible families with low incomes and high housing costs do not receive any support. Some families have applied for assistance from their local housing authorities but must wait for their names to come to the top of the list; others have not applied but may pay large shares of their income for rent, reducing available funds for basic necessities, such as food and health care. To ensure that our limited federal housing resources are available to assist as many families as possible, we should be actively searching for innovative ways to encourage existing subsidy recipients to build assets and make progress toward economic security. By helping families take advantage of the stability that federally-subsidized housing provides as a foundation for income and asset growth, we can free up existing housing subsidies for other families in need.

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Jul 21, 2011

Paycheck to Paycheck 2011: Is housing affordable for Americans getting back to work?

Maya Brennan, Laura Williams

After a prolonged recession, employers are slowly starting to hire again. But will the newly created jobs pay enough for workers to afford housing, or will workers have to struggle to get by with each paycheck? This edition of Paycheck to Paycheck focuses on housing affordability for the five largest jobs in the industry sector currently doing the most hiring.

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Keywords: Housing Affordability, Workforce Housing, Paycheck to Paycheck, Fair Market Rents, Median Home Prices

Jun 10, 2011

The Role of Housing Counseling in Reducing Serious Delinquency and Foreclosure

Laura Williams

This fact sheet reviews recent literature on the subject of housing counseling and finds that there is strong evidence that housing counseling can be an effective intervention in helping distressed homeowners avoid foreclosure.

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