Housing Costs

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Push and Pull: The Link Between Walkability and Affordability

The increased demand for walkable urban spaces could make them more and more exclusionary if cities don’t pursue policies to limit displacement and boost affordability.

January 27, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Granny Flat

Pre-Approved ADUs Now Available in Sacramento

The city of Sacramento is making it easier to develop accessory dwelling units.

January 25, 2023 - CBS Sacramento

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White House Announces Policies Aimed at Protecting Renters

The administration acknowledges its limited powers in solving the nation’s housing affordability crisis, but says new actions will examine unfair rental practices and recommend policies to state and local governments.

January 25, 2023 - The Washington Post

Rent

U.S. Now Thoroughly Rent Burdened

Average U.S. rent burden reached 30 percent for the first time ever at the end of 2022, according to a recent analysis.

January 24, 2023 - Moody’s Analytics CRE

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Study: Vacation Rentals Compounding South Florida Housing Crisis

A new study suggests that short-term rentals are contributing to the region’s housing shortage and helping drive up costs for renter households.

January 24, 2023 - South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Quincy Market

Boston Mayor Fights for Rent Control

Mayor Wu says putting a rent control policy in place is just one of several ways the city plans to improve housing affordability and prevent evictions, but the proposal requires state approval.

January 24, 2023 - The Boston Globe

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Over 40 Percent of U.S. Tenants Are ‘Rent Burdened’

Despite a small downturn in average rents at the end of last year, American renter households continue to struggle with unaffordable housing costs.

January 11, 2023 - FiveThirtyEight

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How Philadelphia Prevented Mass Evictions

By requiring landlords to enter mediation before filing eviction cases, the city’s eviction diversion program has successfully kept thousands of people at risk for displacement in their homes.

December 28, 2022 - Next City

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Renters Expected To Fare Better Next Year

After years of rising housing costs, renters will see some relief in 2023 as supply rises and more tenant households stay put.

December 25, 2022 - Globe St.

Los Angeles Protest

California Home to Almost One Third of U.S. Unhoused Population

Despite efforts at the state and local level to address the growing homelessness crisis, California is seeing the fastest increase in its unhoused population in the country.

December 22, 2022 - Cal Matters

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Orange County Lagging on Supportive Housing Goals

The county is far behind its goal of building 2,700 supportive housing units as the region grows more unaffordable.

December 18, 2022 - Voice of OC

Arizona Sprawl

Is Sprawl the Only Answer to High Housing Costs?

A recent article argues that sprawl is the solution to high housing costs, pointing out that low-density Sunbelt cities are more affordable than some more compact metro areas. What's wrong with this argument?

December 15, 2022 - Michael Lewyn

Low aerial view of two-story suburban Houston homes

Houston Becoming a Region of Renters

The area has seen a sharp increase in renters as rising housing costs put homeownership out of reach for more households and investors convert single-family homes to multifamily rentals.

December 14, 2022 - Houston Chronicle

San Jose, California

San Jose Eliminates Parking Minimums

The California city is the largest in the country to abolish parking requirements, joining a bevy of other localities that are shifting to less car-oriented development.

December 8, 2022 - The Mercury News

Gray houses under construction

U.S. Housing Least Affordable in History

American households are spending more of their income on housing than at any other point in recorded history.

December 7, 2022 - The Real Deal

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The Misperceptions Restricting the Housing Supply

How local attitudes toward zoning reform hinder efforts to boost housing production.

December 1, 2022 - City Journal

Home Sold Sign

Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae to Back $1 Million Mortgages

Expensive housing markets are about to cross a symbolic threshold.

November 30, 2022 - The Wall Street Journal

Multicolored four-story New York City buildings with storefronts on ground floor

New York’s Small Landlords Protest for the Right to Exclude

Landlords with fewer properties say rent stabilization, eviction moratoriums, and rising costs for repairs and maintenance are making it impossible for them to keep their businesses going.

November 17, 2022 - Curbed

Aerial view of Grand Junction, Colorado

Colorado Voters to Weigh in on Affordable Housing Measures

Around the state, measures aimed at increasing tax revenues for affordable housing and limiting the impact of out-of-town investors are up for a vote next week.

November 3, 2022 - Colorado Public Radio

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Flagstaff Housing Needs Outstrip Supply

Data from Flagstaff shows a growing need for affordable rental housing and homeownership options, which the city’s ten-year housing plan is working to address.

November 1, 2022 - KNAU NPR

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