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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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Sep 30, 2010
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Insights from Housing Policy Research: Rental Housing Affordability – A Review of Current Research

Rebecca Cohen, Keith Wardrip, Laura Williams

This brief looks at recent trends among renters and in the rental market, drawing from research conducted with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation by the Center for Housing Policy, the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, and the National Low Income Housing Coalition.Findings from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s report on “worst-case needs” households are also discussed.

Taken together, the reports point to a growing demand for affordable rental homes, a shrinking and at-risk affordable rental stock, and an increase in the number of renters that have difficulty affording their monthly housing costs.

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Jun 23, 2010
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Building California's Future

Maya Brennan, Keith Wardrip

Prepared for the California Department of Real Estate, the California Department of Housing and Community Development, and the California Housing Finance Agency, this report demonstrates the largely positive economic and fiscal effects of building the median-priced home in the state. The report suggests that even after a period of falling prices, the state of California, as well as its typical city and county, experience real gains both while new homes are being built and after they are occupied.

View basis report: Blue Sky Consulting Group

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May 1, 2010
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Shared Equity, Powerful Results: Helping One Generation of Homeowners After Another

Center for Housing Policy

This suite of educational materials reviews the benefits of “shared equity” – a unique approach to affordable homeownership. Under this approach, a state or local government provides funding to help a family purchase a home. In return for this investment, the government entity shares in the benefits of any home price appreciation that may occur. Homebuyers benefit from a substantially lower home price and the opportunity for significant home equity gains. Local communities benefit by retaining vital workers who otherwise couldn’t afford to live in the communities they serve. And, by ensuring that the public’s investment keeps pace with the housing market, shared equity strategies allow governments to help generations of families achieve homeownership with a single initial investment.

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Apr 1, 2010
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HousingPolicy.org Toolkit: Make Homes More Resistant To Natural Disasters

Center for Housing Policy

The Center for Housing Policy, with support from WeatherPredict Consulting, developed an online toolkit to emphasize the need for greater attention to improving the disaster resistance of housing in areas vulnerable to natural disasters. The toolkit explores ways to help lower income families pay for upgrades and retrofits that can improve the disaster resistance of homes.

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Apr 1, 2010
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The Boston Regional Challenge: Examining the Costs and Impacts of Housing and Transportation on Area Residents, their Neighborhoods, and the Environment

Center for Housing Policy, Center for Neighborhood Technology, Urban Land Institute Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing

This report finds that the average working household in the Boston region spends over $34,000 a year -- or 54 percent of their income -- on the combined costs of housing and transportation.

Visit the Cost Calculator

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