Housing Stock

 The remains of a mobile home park in Sylmar, California. 480 of the park's 600 mobile homes were burned in the Sayre Fire in November 2008.

Rental Housing at Risk From Environmental Hazards

From wildfires to hurricanes, environmental risks pose a threat to around 40 percent of U.S. rental units.

March 10, 2022 - Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

Earthquake damage

Protecting Affordable Housing After Natural Disasters

Research shows that low-income communities suffer most and take the longest to recover from disasters, which can often wipe out affordable housing stock and displace vulnerable households.

February 16, 2022 - The Conversation

Old houses with large porch and colorful siding

Opinion: New Construction Is Safer, Better for the Environment

The emotional attachment to old homes can obscure the benefits of new buildings, which consume less energy and provide more amenities for residents.

January 14, 2022 - The Atlantic

Condos Smart Growth

U.S. Condos Face a 'Midlife Crisis'

An overlooked but important part of American housing stock, many condominium complexes are facing the consequences of decades of deferred maintenance as their buildings and infrastructure reach a critical age.

August 17, 2021 - Greater Greater Washington

Massachusetts

Nantucket Residents Pass on More Stringent Regulation of Short-Term Rentals

A recent Nantucket Town Meeting resolved a long-simmering controversy regarding short-term rentals.

June 10, 2021 - The Inquirer and Mirror

Tokyo Skyline

Japan's Rental Housing Market Defined by Land Scarcity, Earthquakes, Demographic Shifts

The island nation's housing market faces a discrepancy between existing stock and rapidly changing demographics.

May 9, 2021 - Brookings Institution

San Francisco Apartments

Research: Low-Cost Rental Housing Disappears While Rental Stock Grows

There are more rental units in the United States than ever, but fewer of them are available at low cost, so there are more cost-burdened renters than ever, according to new research.

September 18, 2019 - Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

Seattle Apartments

In Seattle, One-Room Units More Common Than Ever

Over ten percent of housing units in Seattle are single-room units, a new high and the result of a shift in housing costs and trends in recent years.

October 16, 2018 - The Seattle Times

Seattle Apartments

Seattle Housing Not Family-Sized

As Seattle grows, families are finding it harder to find homes, because the city has a disproportionate number of one-bedrooms and studios compared to other American cities.

September 19, 2017 - Curbed Seattle

Vancouver Skyline

Housing Construction in Seattle and Vancouver a Study in Contrasts

Planning is only one ingredient of the cocktail that produces new housing, but planning should bear in mind all the other factors influencing the process. Vancouver and Seattle provide case studies and sharp contrasts in housing outcomes.

August 17, 2017 - Sightline Institute

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