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Center Publications and Resources

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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Feb 21, 2013

Lifecycle Underwriting

Maya Brennan, Amy Deora, Ethan Handelman, Anker Heegaard, Albert Lee, Jeffrey Lubell, Charlie Wilkins

Lifecycle underwriting represents a new way of thinking about the costs of multifamily affordable housing. A policy working paper explores the policy and practical implications of lifecycle underwriting and opens up a debate about the trade-offs of financing properties for a 50-year viability period, rather than the more typical 15-year time frame.

The suite of materials also includes L-Cycle, a free tool that enables users to estimate whether a property is likely to have sufficient funds to meet expected capital needs over a full 50-year lifecycle. 

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Keywords: Multifamily Rental, Lifecycle Underwriting, long-term affordability

Feb 14, 2013

After the Downturn: New Challenges and Opportunities for Inclusionary Housing

Robert Hickey

This paper examines how inclusionary housing policies fared during the nation’s historic housing downturn, as well as the major issues and opportunities that confront inclusionary housing today, as the housing market begins to recover.

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Keywords: Inclusionary Housing, Recovery, Inclusionary Zoning

Oct 18, 2012

Losing Ground: The Struggle of Moderate-Income Households to Afford the Rising Costs of Housing and Transportation

Robert Hickey, Jeffrey Lubell, Peter Haas, Stephanie Morse

In this report, the Center for Housing Policy and CNT have partnered to gauge the housing and transportation cost burdens of moderate-income households living in the 25 largest metro areas at the end of the decade. Newly available data give us an opportunity to assess the impact on combined costs of the rapid rise and fall of home prices during the 2000s, the recent rebound in rents, and the nation’s increased suburbanization over the past decade.

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Keywords: Transportation, Transit-Oriented Development, Cost Burden, Losing Ground, Center for Neighborhood Technology

Jul 16, 2012

Housing and Health: New Opportunities for Dialogue and Action

Jeffrey Lubell, Rebecca Morley, Marice Ashe, Jeff Levi

The National Center for Healthy Housing, the Center for Housing Policy, ChangeLab Solutions, and Trust for America’s Health released a new issue brief, “Housing and Health: New Opportunities for Dialogue and Action”, calling for greater collaboration between the public health and housing communities. The paper recommends a more coordinated and integrated approach among housing, environmental health, and public health agencies to help improve the health of children, older adults and other community members.

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Keywords: Healthy Housing, Environment, Public Health

Apr 5, 2012

Housing an Aging Population: Are We Prepared?

Barbara Lipman, Jeffrey Lubell, Emily Salomon

This report from the Center for Housing Policy explores the effects of the growing population of older adults on the demand for housing, the challenge of providing meaningful housing choices for older adults of all incomes, and the policies that could help communities across the country respond to the dual challenges of providing older adults with affordable housing and adequate services.

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Keywords: Housing Affordability, Older Adults, Elderly, Demographics, Population, Housing Choice, Supportive Housing, Disabilities, Residential Services