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The Center for Housing Policy’s publications cover a range of topics, programs and policies related to the broad goal of identifying and meeting the nation’s housing challenges.  

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Oct 24, 2014
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Bringing Health Care Home for Low-Income Older Adults

The Center for Housing Policy

A Profile of the Richmond Health and Wellness Program at Dominion Place in Richmond, Virginia

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Keywords: Economic Development, Supportive Services, economic self-sufficiency, housing intersections


Sep 23, 2014
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Paycheck to Paycheck 2014: A Snapshot of Metropolitan Housing Affordability for Health Workers

Janet Viveiros and Lisa Sturtevant

It is expected that the number of health care jobs in health practitioner offices and other non-hospital and nursing home settings will increase by 31 percent and home healthcare jobs will increase by 60 percent between 2012 and 2022.(By contrast the overall number of jobs in the U.S. is projected to increase by only nine percent.) However, growing job opportunities do not necessarily ensure that health workers will be able to afford homes in the communities where they work. This year’s edition of Paycheck to Paycheck examines housing affordability in 210 metro areas for workers in five important and growing health care occupations: medical records transcriptionist, medical billing clerk, home health aide, geriatric nurse, and case manager.

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Keywords: Jobs, Paycheck to Paycheck, Rental, Homeownership, Working Households


Jul 29, 2014
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Inclusionary Upzoning

Robert Hickey

This paper profiles six localities that have adopted inclusionary housing policies tied to upzoning, referred to here as “inclusionary upzoning.” Each profile provides a sketch of how the policy is structured and how effective it has been. Drawing on these examples, the paper explores how neighborhood context, market context, and policy design may affect the success of inclusionary upzoning policies and their potential for adoption in new areas of the country where inclusionary housing has not yet been implemented. The paper concludes with a discussion of areas for future research.

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Keywords: Affordable Housing, Inclusionary Housing, Inclusionary Zoning, Upzoning


Jul 15, 2014
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Achieving Lasting Affordability through Inclusionary Housing

Robert Hickey, Lisa Sturtevant and Emily Thaden

Inclusionary housing policies are local land use policies that link approvals for market-rate housing to the creation of affordable homes for low- and moderate-income households. The primary goals of inclusionary housing programs are to expand the supply of affordable housing and promote social and economic integration. The ability to not only produce affordable homes, but also to ensure their long-term affordability, is critical for meeting the housing needs of the lower-income families and individuals that inclusionary housing programs aim to serve. This paper analyzes a set of 20 inclusionary housing programs to highlight how long affordability periods, strong legal mechanisms, carefully designed resale formulas, dedicated program stewardship, and strategic partnerships can help preserve affordable homes produced through inclusionary housing programs for multiple generations.

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Keywords: Affordable Housing, Inclusionary Zoning, Inclusionary Housing,


Jun 3, 2014
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Strengthening Economic Self-Sufficiency Programs: How Housing Authorities Can Use Behavioral and Cognitive Science to Improve Programs

Maya Brennan

Toxic stress resulting from persistent poverty, trauma and social bias can hijack brain functions and lead to impulsive, ‘fight-or-flight’ behavior patterns that may impede individuals’ economic progress. How can public housing authorities (PHAs) use this information to design economic self-sufficiency programs that accommodate the needs of affected residents and reduce reliance on public assistance? A new report applies lessons from behavioral and cognitive science to give PHAs new insight into programs that can support residents’ economic progress. 

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Keywords: Family Self Sufficiency, economic self-sufficiency, poverty programs, brain science, housing finance agencies