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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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Sep 23, 2011

State Policy Options to Support Sustainable and Equitable Development

Rebecca Cohen

Briefs in this series present options available at the local, regional, and state levels for creating and preserving affordable housing in areas where transportation costs are likely to be low. 

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Sep 15, 2011

Principles for Responsible Disposition of REO Properties

Ethan Handelman

All together, FHA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac hold an REO inventory of over 92,000 homes upon which they have foreclosed. Housing markets across the country remain fragile, and many are burdened by large numbers of distressed homes for sale.  In a laudable effort, FHFA and HUD have asked for ideas via a Request for Information (RFI) on how to dispose of that inventory. Therefore, the undersigned members of the Foreclosure Prevention and Neighborhood Stabilization Task Force offer several principles in response to the RFI to ensure that creative strategies to deal with the REO inventory protect and strengthen foreclosure-impacted neighborhoods.

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Keywords: Foreclosure Prevention, REO, Neighborhood Stabilization

Sep 7, 2011

The Role of Subsidized Rental Housing in Creating Jobs and Stimulating Local Economic Development

Keith Wardrip, Laura Williams

The construction of affordable housing provides clear benefits for families whose wages aren’t sufficient to afford market-rate housing. But research shows that affordable housing development also drives local economic growth. This fact sheet summarizes the different ways in which subsidized rental housing can contribute to rising employment and economic recovery.

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Aug 29, 2011

Public Transit’s Impact on Housing Costs: A Review of the Literature

Keith Wardrip

Building and expanding a fixed rail public transit system is a considerable undertaking for any metropolitan region. Investments on this scale, which can run in the billions of dollars, certainly reshape how people move throughout a region, but their impacts do not end at the turnstile. For residents and businesses that place importance on accessibility, such investments can also essentially redistribute the value of location within a region, making a place more or less desirable than before simply because of its proximity to the transit system. And as we know, a residential location’s value is best reflected in how much people are willing to pay to live there. 

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Keywords: Transportation, Transit-Oriented Development, Housing Costs, Transit Accessibility

Aug 4, 2011

The Economic and Fiscal Benefits of Affordable Housing

Rebecca Cohen, Keith Wardrip

Drawing on literature reviews published by the Center for Housing Policy in January 2011, this Planning Commissioners’ Journal article outlines the various ways in which affordable housing can create jobs, increase tax revenues, and generally foster economic growth. The article also includes an overview of several effective state and local strategies for developing affordable housing.

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Keywords: Housing and Economic Development, State and Local Housing Policy