housing affordability

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How Urban Form Impacts Housing Affordability

The way we design cities affects housing costs differently than you might think.

April 18, 2024 - The Conversation

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How Financing Restricts the Rental Housing Market

The way apartment buildings are financed has a major impact on supply and costs.

April 16, 2024 - Strong Towns

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Washington State Legislates Statewide Cohousing Development

The new law will prevent local governments from prohibiting the development of coliving multifamily development through zoning and other regulations.

April 4, 2024 - Spokesman-Review

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Soaring Property Insurance Rates Threaten Affordable Housing Development

Rapidly rising insurance premiums are forcing affordable housing developers to cut back on programming, lay off staff, and even sell. To add insult to injury, some insurers also seem to be adding penalties or withdrawing coverage for housing voucher holders.

April 3, 2024 - Shelterforce Magazine

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Colorado Town Fills Workforce Housing Need With ‘Dorm-Style’ Housing

Median rent in Steamboat Springs is $4,000 per month.

March 28, 2024 - CBS News

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New Jersey Law Clarifies Local Housing Needs

Cities will be required to submit plans for creating sufficient affordable housing under a new state law.

March 25, 2024 - Route Fifty

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Policy Prescriptions for Modular Housing

Tweaks to building codes, zoning regulations, and financing mechanisms could unlock the potential of modular construction in the United States.

March 15, 2024 - Center for American Progress

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Utah’s Affordable Housing Supply Dwindling

Rents and home prices are skyrocketing, forcing many residents to make difficult decisions or move out of major cities.

March 13, 2024 - KUTV

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HUD Reforms to Manufactured Housing Policy Could Unlock More Affordable Homes

The agency took a series of steps to make manufactured homes, often excluded from neighborhoods and loan programs, more accessible and affordable.

March 7, 2024 - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

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Opinion: Resort Towns Must Take Action to Keep Housing Affordable

The workers that keep many popular tourist destinations running find it more difficult to find affordable housing near their jobs as more remote workers move to scenic resort areas.

February 29, 2024 - Governing

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Commentary: San Antonio Needs ‘Thoughtful Reforms’ to Improve Affordability

The growing Texas city needs a new approach to meet its residents’ housing and mobility needs.

February 29, 2024 - San Antonio Report

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Running Rampant: How Short-Term Rentals Impact Communities With Loose Restrictions

Brendan O’Brien, author of “Homesick,” talks with us about his new book and what he's learned about the effects of short-term rentals in communities like Flagstaff, Arizona; Bozeman, Montana; and St. George, Utah.

February 28, 2024 - Shelterforce Magazine

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Facing Housing Crisis, Oregon Could Alter its Historic Land Use Law

A 1973 state law creates urban growth boundaries that limit urban sprawl, but rising housing costs are causing lawmakers to consider a one-time expansion.

February 26, 2024 - Associated Press

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How to Improve the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit

With the housing shortage only getting worse, updates to a key federal program could help.

February 21, 2024 - Federation of American Scientists

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Labor Unions Fight for Affordable Housing

Workers find it increasingly difficult to access affordable housing near their jobs.

February 19, 2024 - The Guardian

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Feds Confronted with New Workforce Housing Issue: Their Own

Rising housing costs in rural counties is undermining the U.S. Forest Service's ability to recruit employees.

February 19, 2024 - National Association of Counties

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Pre-Permitted Housing Plans Can Combat Blight, Revive Neighborhoods

Faced with blighted neighborhoods where the cost of building a house would exceed its eventual market value, the city of Kalamazoo, Michigan, streamlined the permitting process to help lower development costs.

February 14, 2024 - Strong Towns

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‘Worrying Trend’: Number of Housing Cost-Burdened Seniors At All-Time High

Nearly 11.2 million older adults in the U.S. are spending more than 30 percent of their household income on housing.

February 7, 2024 - Novogradac

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Proposed Legislation Targets Arizona Housing Crisis

A series of state bills address barriers to housing production including parking minimums and ADUs.

February 5, 2024 - Axios Phoenix

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Will Move States for Affordable Housing

Record-high housing costs are motivating households to change cities, states, and even regions in search of cheaper places to live.

January 25, 2024 - CNBC

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