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Increasingly, housing policy is being shaped at the state and local levels with the participation of private and philanthropic entities. These actors are looking for a trusted source of evidence-based insights to inform their decisions. Policy & Practice will provide these insights, drawn from the experiences of policymakers across the country, to aid in the development of state and local policy. The publication is geared at both practitioners and other private-sector partners, such as property owners, developers, and philanthropic partners. Each issue will feature a single policy area or topic. By highlighting the ways that state and local leaders are solving local housing and community development challenges, Policy & Practice advances HUD’s mission and priorities to promote affordable housing and strong communities.

Current Issue: Mitigating the Impacts of Institutional Investors in the Single-Family Housing Market (October 2023)

Although many factors affect housing supply and affordability, the increased presence of institutional investors in many markets has garnered increasing attention from advocates, researchers, the media, and policymakers in recent years. Institutional investors are limited liability companies or other entities that purchase large volumes of residential properties, often sight unseen and with all-cash offers. This issue of Policy & Practice highlights research on the impact of institutional investors in the single-family housing market and provides an overview of state and local strategies to mitigate the negative impacts of institutional investment on families and neighborhoods. Read More >>