Research Library

HousingForward Virginia’s Research Library is sorted by topic and geographic focus. All our resources can be sorted by geographic category: National, Virginia, and Other States. Our resources span some of the best and most widely cited housing and related research that is publicly available online. Our database is always growing as recent studies and reports are added, so please check back often.


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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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After a decade of slow growth, many of Virginia’s exurbs are booming again (UVA Weldon-Cooper, 2023)

Before the Great Recession in the late 2000s, Louisa County was among the fastest growing counties in the nation. Lake Anna’s 200 miles of shoreline helped attract thousands of retirees to the county, while Louisa’s low cost of living and proximity to Charlottesville, Northern Virginia, and Richmond attracted many younger residents willing to make a long commute to the metro areas. After a decade of slow growth in population following the 2000s housing crash, the 2022 Virginia Population Estimates that our center released show Louisa and many other counties located on the borders of Virginia’s metro areas are booming again.

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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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Loudoun County Unmet Housing Needs Strategic Plan (September 2021)

The Unmet Housing Needs Strategic Plan (PDF), approved in September 2021, defines how the county will address the unmet housing needs of households in a systematic and comprehensive way with integrated programs. The plan recognizes that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the housing issue; it will take multiple approaches applied in combination to address the issue of housing affordability; and there is no one type of housing need. The plan was developed through a strategic planning process as a key implementation step of the Loudoun County 2019 Comprehensive Plan.

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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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Bath County Housing Needs Assessment & Market Analysis (March 2020)

The purpose of the study is to understand and quantify the county's housing affordability and availability challenge, envision how the county’s quality of life could change in light of a shrinking year-round population and limited workforce housing options, and offer tools and strategies for addressing the issue.

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City of Falls Church Master Plan: Housing (August 2019)

The Comprehensive Plan serves as the official policy guide for shaping the future of the City. It establishes strategies for housing efforts and projects to achieve the City’s vision. This chapter recognizes that implementation must remain flexible to changing conditions and that priorities will change.

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Fairfax County Communitywide Housing Strategic Plan (June 2018)

The Communitywide Housing Strategic Plan includes two phases. Phase 1 of the Plan identifies 25 short-term strategies that can be implemented, without major policy or revenue impacts, to encourage and produce additional housing units within the county. The strategies, which were adopted in June 2018, are expected to take one to two years to implement. Phase 2 of the plan looks at long-term strategies, tools, policies and resources to support the development and preservation of housing that is affordable in our community. To support the efforts of Phase 2 and to garner additional community input, the Board of Supervisors created an Affordable Housing Resources Panel (AHRP).

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James City County Housing Conditions Study (2016)

James City County commissioned this study to survey housing conditions and to quantify housing needs related to poor condition and lack of affordable and appropriate housing options. The Virginia Center for Housing Research (VCHR) at Virginia Tech and czb, LLC teamed up to collect data, conduct data analysis and provide strategy recommendations to County staff.

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