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Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies Report: State of the Nation’s Housing 2021 Release
Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies Report: State of the Nation’s Housing 2021 Release

Falling unemployment rates, reopening businesses, and increases in spending are indicators that the economic recovery period from the COVID-19 pandemic is underway.



Equitable Rebuilding in Detroit Through the Strategic Neighborhood Fund
Equitable Rebuilding in Detroit Through the Strategic Neighborhood Fund

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.



The Atlantis Apartments Provide Affordable, Accessible Units for Residents With Disabilities in Denver, Colorado
The Atlantis Apartments Provide Affordable, Accessible Units for Residents  With Disabilities in Denver, Colorado

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.


Los Angeles ADU Standard Plan Program Captures a New Demographic To Increase the Affordable Housing Supply
Los Angeles ADU Standard Plan Program Captures a New Demographic To Increase the Affordable Housing Supply

Land scarcity — the lack of vacant, developable land — is an obstacle to eliminating Los Angeles’ affordable housing shortage.



Bringing New Affordable Housing to the Historic Town Center of Surprise, Arizona
Bringing New Affordable Housing to the Historic Town Center of Surprise, Arizona

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.


New Affordable Housing and New Opportunity in LaGrange, Georgia
The New Rolland Curtis Gardens Preserves and Expands Transit-Adjacent Affordable Housing in Los Angeles

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.



Evaluation of the HUD Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program: Early Implementation Report
Evaluation of the HUD Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program: Early Implementation Report

In the last decade, federal entities responsible for addressing homelessness have paid increasing attention to the situation of youth who are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing homelessness.



Centering Equity and Efficiency in Coronavirus Housing Responses
Centering Equity and Efficiency in Coronavirus Housing Responses

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.



Housing Indigenous Youth Helps Heal Intergenerational Trauma
Housing Indigenous Youth Helps Heal Intergenerational Trauma

In Minnesota, residents identifying as Native American comprise 2 percent of the state’s population yet represent 22 percent of all homeless youth.




Closing the African American Homeownership Gap
Closing the African American Homeownership Gap

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.



Uncovering the Spatial Heterogeneity of Gentrification
Uncovering the Spatial Heterogeneity of Gentrification

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.



Findings of a Paired-Testing Pilot Study of Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples and Transgender Individuals in the Rental Housing Market
Findings of a Paired-Testing Pilot Study of Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples and Transgender Individuals in the Rental Housing Market

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.



COVID-19 Risk Factors Among HUD-Assisted Renters
COVID-19 Risk Factors Among HUD-Assisted Renters

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.



The State of the Nation’s Housing in 2020
The State of the Nation’s Housing in 2020

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.



Coordinating Housing and Health Care for Vulnerable Populations
Coordinating Housing and Health Care for Vulnerable Populations

Among affordable housing advocates and public health experts, consensus is growing on the need for more coordination between the housing and health sectors.



When the Rent Eats First From Incomes Large and Small, Is the Traditional Measure of Cost Burden Still Useful?
When the Rent Eats First From Incomes Large and Small, Is the Traditional Measure of Cost Burden Still Useful?

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.



HUD’s New Research Awards in 2020
HUD’s New Research Awards in 2020

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.



An Intergenerational Colocation: Senior Affordable Housing and a Childcare Facility in Queens, New York
An Intergenerational Colocation: Senior Affordable Housing and a Childcare Facility in Queens, New York

The Corona neighborhood of Queens, New York, faces some significant challenges, such as providing affordable housing for seniors and reducing overcrowding in local childcare and education facilities.




An Overview of Historical Reports on HUD User
An Overview of Historical Reports on HUD User

Since its creation as a HUD office in 1973, the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) has sponsored and disseminated groundbreaking research.



HUD Releases 2019 Worst Case Needs Report on Severe Housing Problems
Family Options Study: Long-term Tracking Project

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.