African-American residents of Detroit experienced devastating effects from the Great Recession. Job losses in the auto industry set off a chain reaction of income loss, declining property values, and depressed municipal tax revenue that induced the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history.
Denver, Colorado, like many communities across the United States, has struggled to address the affordable housing needs of people with disabilities because housing that is both affordable and accessible to people experiencing physical, sensory, intellectual, or developmental disabilities is in short supply.
The fast-growing city of Surprise, Arizona, located 20 miles northwest of Phoenix in geographically expansive Maricopa County, is now host to Heritage at Surprise, a 100-unit affordable housing development serving low-income residents, with some units set aside for people who have experienced chronic homelessness and people living with severe mental illness.
For the first time in nearly 50 years, the LaGrange Housing Authority (LHA), which serves the small city of LaGrange, Georgia, as well as the rest of Troup County and other nearby areas, completed a new affordable housing project.
As the coronavirus pandemic began to unfold, forcing business closures and spiking unemployment, local government leaders worried that the broad loss of income among low-wage renters would result in mass evictions and produce a surge of homelessness.
The Fair Housing Act of 1968 prohibits discrimination based on race in the sale of housing, yet African Americans still experience the effects of explicit and implicit policies that barred them from the housing market before the act’s passage as well as ongoing discrimination in some cases.
Although gentrification is a significant concern among affordable housing and community advocates, most research examining the significance and patterns of gentrification has produced inconsistent results.
Housing Discrimination against Same-Sex Couples and Transgender Individuals is a HUD-commissioned pilot study that used paired testing to determine the extent of discrimination in the rental housing market based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have far-reaching effects on societal health and well-being. Certain groups are more at risk than others for becoming infected with COVID-19 or for experiencing more severe health outcomes if they do get infected.
For more than 30 years, the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University (JCHS) has compiled an annual State of the Nation’s Housing report that reviews present housing conditions in the United States and analyzes long-term trends.
The 30 percent measure of housing affordability, a longstanding guideline in both public policy and academic circles, posits that a household is cost burdened if it spends more than 30 percent of its income on housing costs.
It is the mission of HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) to provide reliable and objective housing research and market data for its constituents — housing and community development researchers, academics, policymakers, and the American public.
Launched in 2008, the HUD-funded Family Options Study, the largest experimental study of its kind, was designed to evaluate the effects of different housing and service interventions — long-term housing subsidy, community-based rapid rehousing, project-based transitional housing, and usual care — on families experiencing homelessness. A recent report, Family Options Study: Long-term Tracking Project, documents the research team’s efforts to reconnect with the study families for the first time since 2014.