Housing Costs

Red sign with white text opposing Minneapolist 2040 rezoning plan.

Magical Thinking and NIMBYism

Comparing different types of NIMBYism and where they go wrong.

November 28, 2023 - Michael Lewyn

Rendering of three-story shipping container modular building for affordable housing in Watts, Los Angeles.

The Promises and Limitations of Modular Housing

Converted shipping containers offer the promise of fast construction and low costs, but face regulatory and accessibility challenges.

November 23, 2023 - Metropolis Mag

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Columbus City Council Proposes Actions to Stem Housing Crisis

Central Ohio needs roughly 14,000 new housing units every year to keep up with demand.

November 21, 2023 - ABC 6

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Evictions on the Rise in California

As rent costs continue to grow and eviction protection programs lapse, eviction rates are spiking across the state.

November 20, 2023 - CALmatters

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Fixing the Housing Voucher Shortage

As low-income families wait years to receive housing assistance vouchers, experts suggest new ways to improve the program and help more eligible households.

November 17, 2023 - Route Fifty

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The Link Between Employment and Housing

For many people experiencing homelessness, the process of finding and keeping a job is fraught with challenges.

November 13, 2023 - Urban Wire

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A Look at Milwaukee’s Zoning Reform Proposal

The ‘Growing MKE’ plan calls for allowing ADUs, reducing barriers to new construction, and expanding the types of housing available in the city’s residential areas.

November 8, 2023 - Urban Milwaukee

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Austin Ends Parking Minimums

The city approved changes called for by a May resolution that eliminate parking requirements in all neighborhoods.

November 6, 2023 - KUT

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Parking Reform Pays Off With Lower Rent Costs

Research continues to show that adjusting parking requirements to align with demand can lower the cost of housing.

November 2, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

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Chicago Mayor Calls for Permanent Rental Assistance

A proposed ordinance would extend a pilot program launched during the pandemic to support struggling renters and prevent evictions.

October 19, 2023 - The Real Deal

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The Role of ‘Anchor Institutions’ in the Housing Crisis

Major employers and economic drivers like universities can use various tools to make housing more affordable for their students and staff.

October 18, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

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Parking Reform is Sweeping the Country. Does it Work?

A new study shows a significant reduction in housing construction costs in cities that have reduced or eliminated minimum parking requirements.

October 12, 2023 - Bisnow

Family posing on stoop of white ADU.

Creating Affordable Housing is a Priority for ADU Owners

How accessory dwelling units can benefit homeowners and renters alike.

October 12, 2023 - Jessica Brown

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Solo Renters on the Rise Despite High Housing Costs

Between 2016 and 2021, the share of American tenants renting apartments and homes alone grew, with the fastest growth in Salt Lake City.

October 11, 2023 - RentCafé

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Study: Households With Children Face Highest Risk of Eviction

U.S. renter families with children are evicted at a rate twice as high as those without children.

October 10, 2023 - NJ Spotlight

Aerial view of destroyed home and cars after Lahaina, Hawaii wildfires.

Displacement Fears in Lahaina

Economists warn that reconstruction could put new housing out of reach for long-time residents.

October 6, 2023 - Route Fifty

Empty parking spots on top floor of multistory garage with Minneapolis skyline in background.

Twin Cities Parking Reform Shows Promising Results

Minneapolis and St. Paul both eliminated parking minimums, paving the way for less parking and more housing.

October 6, 2023 - Next City

Aerial view of Jersey City, New Jersey.

Jersey City Approves New Rental Assistance

The city will supply rental assistance grants through its Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

October 5, 2023 - Tap Into Jersey City

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NYC Mayor Proposes Eliminating Parking Minimums

Mayor Adams wants to stop requiring off-site parking for new buildings to reduce the costs of construction as part of the ‘City of Yes’ package of zoning reforms.

September 29, 2023 - StreetsBlog NYC

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How Homelessness Differs in Rural America

Although less visible than in major cities, the housing crisis is no less severe in many rural communities, where being unhoused poses unique challenges.

September 26, 2023 - The Daily Yonder

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