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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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May 2, 2013

Housing Landscape 2013

Maya Brennan, Janet Viveiros

This annual report explores severe housing cost burden among working households in the U.S. Drawing on the latest U.S. Census American Communities Survey data from 2008-2011, report authors Janet Viveiros and Maya Brennan find that more than a quarter of all working households in the U.S. spend more than half of their income on housing, and that this figure rose in communities and state around the country over the study period. Working renter households bore the brunt of this trend, with incomes falling by more than 3 percent while their housing costs rose by nearly 6 percent.

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Keywords: Housing Affordability, Housing Costs, Landscape, Housing Landscape, Rental, Homeownership, Cost Burden, Renters, Working Households

Feb 21, 2013

Comparing the Costs of New Construction and Acquisition-Rehab In Affordable Multifamily Rental Housing

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

This research working paper uses the lifecycle cost methodology to compare the total cost of developing and maintaining multifamily affordable rental housing over a 50-year period using either acquisition-rehab or new construction. Our analysis of a convenience sample of more than 200 properties found that, all else equal, new construction added approximately $40,000 to $71,000 (25 to 45 percent) per-unit to the lifecycle costs.   

This paper is part of a suite of materials exploring lifecycle underwriting, including an online tool and two additional working papers.

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Keywords: Preservation, Multifamily Rental, Lifecycle Underwriting

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