Research Topic: Affordability

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Community Development Outlook Survey

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ Community Development Outlook Survey (CDOS) collects original data that informs and guides the long-term programming of the St Louis Fed’s Community Development staff and informs community development practitioners about trends and outlooks that affect low- and moderate income (LMI) communities in the Eighth Federal Reserve District.

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The Affordable Housing Gap Analysis 2016

The Gap, a National Low Income Housing Coalition report, documents a shortage of 7.2 million affordable and available rental units for the nation’s 10.4 million extremely low income (ELI) renter households, those with income at or below 30% of their area median (AMI).

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Understanding the Myths and Realities of Manufactured Housing

This report explores the challenges and benefits of manufactured housing. The report finds that some types of manufactured housing offer significant affordability benefits to lower income households and points to the improved quality of this type of housing that was manufactured after 1976.

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Balancing Paychecks and Public Assistance: How Higher Wages Would Strengthen What Government Can Do

A report by David Cooper of the Economic Policy Institute, titled Balancing Paychecks and Public Assistance: How Higher Wages Would Strengthen What Government Can Do, finds that raising the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2020 would reduce public assistance expenditures by $17 billion annually. The author suggests these savings could be used to strengthen the existing safety net of housing and other assistance programs.

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