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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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May 19, 2011
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Insights from Affordable Housing: The Impacts of Affordable Housing on Education: A Research Summary

Maya Brennan

The Impacts of Affordable Housing on Education: A Research Summary, a brief by Senior Research Associate Maya Brennan, uncovers a wealth of research suggesting that stable, affordable housing provides children with enhanced opportunities for educational success.  The brief reviews literature showing that the supportive and stable home environment encouraged by high-quality, affordable housing often leads to better educational outcomes.

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May 19, 2011
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Insights from Housing Policy Research: The Impacts of Affordable Housing on Health: A Research Summary

Rebecca Cohen

The direct effects of poor quality or unsafe housing on health are well established; researchers have also increasingly turned significant attention to the role of housing affordability in fostering stability and reducing stress. In her brief, The Impacts of Affordable Housing on Health: A Research Summary, Cohen details the results of research on the pathways through which affordable housing can affect the health of residents, especially children.

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Apr 6, 2011
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Should I Stay or Should I Go? Exploring the Effects of Housing Instability and Mobility on Children

Rebecca Cohen, Keith Wardrip

The report  finds that low-income families move much more frequently than the general population.  While reasons for moving vary, the data and  interviews of low-income families show that moves resulting from unplanned or involuntary circumstances, such as an eviction or foreclosure, and moves that occur one after another as part of a pattern of frequent mobility tend to have negative impacts on child and family welfare, such as increased school absenteeism and a higher incidence of neighborhood problems.

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Feb 9, 2011
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Balancing Asset-Building Opportunities with the Ability to Preserve Affordability in a Homeownership Program

Ryan Sherriff

There are many different goals that affordable homeownership programs may seek to achieve. Among them, there are several common goals that are often linked to balancing individual opportunities to build assets with community goals of ensuring long-term affordability and preserving the opportunities and assets that public investment helped to create. This report aims to provide communities and advocates with a general overview of three major approaches to long-term affordable homeownership, and how each functions under different market conditions and serves a community's asset-building and affordability goals.

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Keywords: asset building, wealth, long-term affordability, shared equity, shared equity homeownership, state policy, publications


Jan 25, 2011
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Challenges and Policy Options for Creating and Preserving Affordable Housing near Transit and in Other Location Efficient Areas

Rick Haughey, Ryan Sherriff

This report examines specific, actionable non-statutory changes that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development--and partner agencies--could adopt to better facilitate and encourage the development and preservation of affordable and workforce housing in location-efficient areas. This report, prepared for by the What Works Collaborative, addresses four topical areas, all related to providing affordable and workforce housing in the context of development oriented around transit, employment centers, and other locations-efficient areas. 

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