Research Topic: Affordability

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Housing America’s Older Adults 2023 (JCHS)

This report examines the realities of older adults' housing in the U.S. It begins with demographics and data about seniors' living situations, and then dives into challenges around affordability, accessibility, and housing quality. It closes out by focusing on the special challenge that is the "dual burden" of housing and elder care on low-income households.

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Inclusionary Zoning Primer (NAHB, 2019)

This resource collects and summarizes research on inclusionary zoning, arguing that it may not be as effective as advocates hope at closing the affordability gap, and may also have deleterious effects on market-based housing development.

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America’s Rental Housing 2024 (JCHS)

A report from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Research on the state of rental housing in the U.S., including data about households, housing stock, markets, affordability, and the many challenges facing rental housing in 2024.

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In the era of remote work, housing costs may slow Virginia population growth further (UVA Weldon-Cooper, 2022)

On July 13, 2022, the Demographics Research Group of the UVA Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service presented an analysis of the interrelationship between Virginia’s housing market and population trends to the General Assembly’s Housing Commission. After receiving a number of inquiries regarding the presentation, they shared a summary of the presentation with expanded commentary on some noteworthy trends.

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Housing GVA: Goochland County Housing Study & Strategy (HDAdvisors, April 2021)

The picturesque rural setting and strong community of Goochland County has been why many residents continue to call Goochland home, but those same characteristics have drawn residents from near and far. The attractiveness of Goochland County has only increased as COVID-19’s impacts on the housing market are being felt as new buyers look for more open space and privacy. But Goochland County faces a difficult balancing act: preserving its rural character while also ensuring that a diverse set of people can afford to live there. This report was prepared by HDAdvisors, who also staffs HousingForward Virginia.

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City of Harrisonburg Comprehensive Housing Study & Market Analysis (February 2021)

The more than 200-page report, the first ever conducted by the City, views housing needs through the lens of social determinants of health, introduced by the World Health Organization, to quantify existing housing supply, assess demand for different housing types, identify barriers to meeting demands, and list potential policy tools to address housing gaps. The study produced 21 recommendations structured to establish a foundation to address affordable housing now and in the future.

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