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Freddie Mac tracks multifamily rental affordability at the unit level by comparing area median income (AMI) data from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) with rent data from the American Community Survey (ACS)i. The basic finding is that population growth is negatively correlated with an area’s ability to preserve affordable housing.read more
Technological innovation in homebuilding has been a research topic at HUD since the 1970s. Building Even Better Homes: Strategies for Promoting Innovation in Home Building reevaluates the significant findings of Building Better Homes. The report uses history and experience as a guide for what role HUD might play in fostering building technology innovation in the future. The report documents prior efforts and what we learned regarding successes and failures.read more
Housing affordability was a major issue for nearly every income bracket during 2018 and is likely to be a growing problem for years to come. A supply-driven affordable housing crisis ultimately can only be addressed by more housing supply that is affordable to more people. The 2018 edition of “Paycheck to Paycheck” focuses on the affordability challenges workers face in five job categories in the construction industry.read more
From Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University: Just as the recent housing downturn was longer and deeper than any other since the Great Depression, the residential construction rebound has been slower. Since reaching bottom in 2011 at just 633,000 new units, additions to the housing stock have grown at an average annual rate of just 10 percent. Despite these steady gains, completions and placements totaled only 1.2 million units last year—the lowest annual production, excluding 2008–2018, going back to 1982.read more
A worker earning the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour in Texas must work 112 hours per week (more than 2 full-time jobs) to afford a two-bedroom rental home.read more
AGE of Central Texas, a regional nonprofit organization delivering services, education, and assistance to older adults and family caregivers, surveyed residents to better understand the region’s perceptions about aging.read more
Gaston Place is a senior community owned by HACA. The development was initially built in 1978 to provide housing to the elderly (62 or older), disabled, or those displaced by natural disasters. Michael Gerber, CEO, and President of HACA, will commemorate the celebration with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. on May 22.read more
Houston makes list of top least affordable cities in the U.S. New research by USC housing experts reveals lack of affordable rent is a bigger problem than previously realized, not only in big coastal cities but across much of the United States.read more
Despite the need for affordable rental housing in rural communities identified, resources made available by the federal government are at a low point.read more
This report aims to fill gaps between the obstacles that have stymied the growth of CLTs and the strategies used by CLTs who have expanded their housing portfolios.read more
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