The following resources are outside products that can be helpful in providing additional understanding for your locality's housing needs.
This study provides such advice on what incentives work best in which development scenarios. The study’s purpose is to enable policy makers to better understand how an IZ policy affects real estate development and how to use the necessary development incentives for IZ to be most effective.
This report from the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing provides a broad-based overview of creative approaches among lending entities, including 16 examples, to preserve multifamily workforce and affordable housing, including below-market debt funds, private equity vehicles, and real estate investment trusts.
This PPT Presentation/report uses the CoStar Rental Housing Rating System to analyze the trends of affordable housing for renters alongside market rate housing. There are maps and charts available that outline how multifamily housing is impacted by the growing demand for housing in major metropolitan areas across the nation.
The National Housing Preservation Database was created by the Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation (PAHRC) and the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) in an effort to provide communities with the information they need to effectively preserve their stock of public and affordable housing. The National Housing Preservation Database incorporates all available data on federally subsidized housing properties and includes nine separate funding streams. The National Housing Preservation Database is not only searchable, but it also provides downloadable data extracts. Users can customize their searches by location, funding stream, or 'at risk of loss' status, in addition to other characteristics.
PrezCat is a comprehensive source of information on state policies and programs that promote the preservation of existing affordable housing.
NLIHC’s annual report, Out of Reach, documents the gap between wages and the price of housing across the United States. The report’s Housing Wage is an estimate
of the hourly wage that a full-time worker must earn to afford a modest and safe rental home without spending more than 30% of his or her income on rent and utility costs. This year’s findings highlight the struggle faced by millions of families in affording a safe and decent home.
This resource provides an overview of landbanking and how regional and local communities across the nation are considering how landbanks could, in conjunction with other policy tools, revitalize depressed areas. It provides answers to frequently asked questions, interactive maps, leading publications, and relevant news.
The Building American Cities Toolkit, produced thanks to support from Enterprise Community Partners, helps practitioners think through strategies, identify specific tools to carry out those strategies, and learn about communities elsewhere that have used those tools, to improve the land, buildings, neighborhoods and other areas that make up a city’s built environment.
The Center for Community Progress was asked by the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority tp assess rental housing, particularly housing affordable to the city's lower income households, and to identify impediments standing in the way of addressing that shortage and strategies to address it. This report is the response to that request.
By looking at one highly important indicator – where college-educated adults at different age levels are living and where they are moving – this research brief attempts to offer some initial thoughts on the recent demographic shifts that we're seeing in cities. At the same time, it is important to stress that this is only one indicator of change. Real and sustainable urban transformation will require change in many other aspects of the urban scene, and a readiness to confront the issues of poverty, lack of opportunity and inequality that continue to plague our cities.
This report describes the development and interaction of each of these four key components of housing program and policy development (dedicated community advocacy and strong coalitions; development of and access to substantial funding sources; a holistic vision of building “not just housing, but communities;” and constantly evolving housing programs that meet new challenges and opportunities) since the late 1960s and how they have resulted in the current dynamic affordable housing system in San Francisco.
This working paper anaylzes housing mobility and the impacts it has on a household's poverty rate and ways in which a new financing tool, Pay for Success, works to provide opportunities for low-income households to move while lowering risk of program innovation on the part of government agencies.
HUD’s new “Sustainable Communities Initiative” (SCI) represents the best of the new administration – looking forward creatively towards a new metropolitan future, and crossing bureaucratic silos to engage transportation policy, environmental policy, and housing policy in the same program. However, the SCI program also demonstrates the potential pitfalls of trying to move progressive policies without engaging the real continuing divisions of race and class in our society. We believe that the SCI program has the potential to advance the goal of racially and economically integrated and environmentally sustainable regions. This report outlines ten principles that will help reach this goal.
This data tool offers 27 national and state-level indicators of Latino child well-being, including demographic, health, education, housing, income, and juvenile justice variables. It is a valuable resource for advocates, policymakers, researchers, reporters and others seeking to understand the trends and challenges facing America’s Latino children through time and across the nation.
Emergency managers and other emergency responders need to ensure that the Latino/Hispanic residents of their cities, counties, and states receive needed information and assistance to prepare for disasters. Implications for any kind of planning process.
The fair housing investigation—commissioned by NCLR and conducted by ERC in Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; and San Antonio, Texas—explores the extent to which Latinos are subject to adverse and differential treatment when trying to secure rental housing or buy a home.
The FFIEC Geocoding/Mapping System (System) helps financial institutions meet their legal requirement to report information on mortgage, business, and farm loan applications.
The annual release of the Vital Signs report “takes the pulse” of Baltimore neighborhoods and the indicators serve as a common or shared measurement system for neighborhoods to understand where they stand relative to city benchmarks. This allows communities to track the impact of mutually-reinforcing activities towards the common goal of a better quality of life in every neighborhood.
The Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) for a given area is defined as the share of homes sold in that area that would have been affordable to a family earning the local median income, based on standard mortgage underwriting criteria. Therefore, there are really two major components -- income and housing cost.
NAHB has developed Land Use 101 to better equip members and HBAs to effectively engage in these efforts to revise local land use policies, plans, and codes as well as to be able to respond to the array of issues facing the industry as the pace of development picks back up. This one-stop shop toolkit assembles the best available resources from NAHB that are most relevant to the issues currently in play. It includes a series of MS PowerPoint presentations, with talking points in the notes page for each slide, which members and HBA staff can tailor for presentations in local and regional forums. We encourage users to add slides containing local examples and data wherever possible to make the connection to local issues and debates. Land Use 101 also includes NAHB briefing papers, credentialed research reports and other resources that support the advocacy logic used in the presentations. We also recommend that you print out all MS PowerPoint presentations using the “Notes” setting under “Print” function to have as talking points for presenting the PowerPoint slides.
This compendium of strategies being used at the state and local level to increase affordable housing is intended to help speed the spread of innovative ideas. Ideally, this resource will be valuable to developers, affordable housing advocates, and state and local officials in identifying new approaches to encouraging affordable housing in their locations. Although the focus of the report is on innovative strategies, it is also intended to be as comprehensive as possible, so some strategies included, such as property tax abatements for maintaining affordable housing, have been in use for decades. This collection builds on the work of many people, but in particular Jeffrey Lubell and Tasha Harmon, who have written shorter guides to tools for producing affordable housing.
This report focuses on strategies used recently—primarily since the end of the recession—to improve the efficiency of the land development review and approval process. The research was conducted by Abt Associates for NAHB. As a first step, Abt Associates compiled a comprehensive list of approaches being used based on an extensive review of popular and professional media, Internet searches, and interviews with practitioners, administrators, and industry observers.
The intent of this paper is to acknowledge the instances where inclusionary zoning may be feasible if the right incentives are built into it and pointing out the areas and circumstances where it has mostly failed as a policy tool. The “Statutory, Implementation, and Effectiveness Issues” section addresses the many details that should be included in any inclusionary zoning ordinance and operating program and the incentives necessary to make it work for the developer.
This checklist outlines the typical process developers should go through, from looking at a property prior to purchase to evaluating the site potential, obtaining development approvals, and preparing finished lots for sale to builders. Land development today involves a rigorous, comprehensive set of evaluations and approvals involving multiple parties in both the private and public sectors. This resource will help both developers and public officials better understand the many steps in the land development process, the timeline, likely costs, and required due diligence associated with residential development.
In this article, the focus is exclusively on the costs of regulation. Governments presumably impose regulations under the belief that they will generate some benefits, but no attempt is made to estimate such possible benefits here. The rest of this article explains the data underlying Figure 1 and discusses trends in regulatory costs since NAHB released its last set of estimates.
CART is an application that was developed by HUD's Office of Field Policy & Management in coordination with the Office of Policy Development & Research. This application endeavors to answer the question "How is HUD invested in my community?" by providing a picture of HUD investments at the community level using GIS mapping technology. The CART tool allows you to search for HUD investment information at five levels of geography: congressional district, unit of general local government (e.g. city, township), county, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) or state.
This page provides a number of resources related to HUD’s Final Rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH).
PolicyMap expertly curates the data to ensure it is the most accurate available, with the greatest geographic coverage of national data available at the local level across the US. The data comes from disparate sources, but is standardized to allow for simple analysis across indicators. We also create unique data, such as trends over time and indices that combine relevant indicators. Our team is always on the lookout for new data sources and requests from users, and as we add new content to the platform, it becomes available in your product immediately and at no additional charge on PolicyMap.
The Housing Development Dashboard is an interactive platform that allows policymakers, developers, and members of the public to quickly and easily understand the interaction of land use measures and market conditions on housing production. Want to know whether a higher level of inclusionary housing will stall production? It can tell you that. Curious to see how much more housing would get built if we streamline the approval process? It can estimate those impacts too. The Dashboard disrupts the status quo of limited, outdated, expensive and often highly politicized information about the potential implications of new policies and replaces it with accessible data that will result in more informed decision-making.
This tool provides all of the current HUD datasets including CDBG Grantee Areas, fair market rents, LIHTC properties, public housing authorities, HUD insured multifamily properties, housing choice vouchers, public housing developments, and more.
This website provides an extensive overview of inclusionary housing, guidance in designing a policy, and strategies for successfully implementing strategies.
This tool visually exclains how different factors such as median income levels and vacancy rates can impact the affordability of constructing affordable housing. Without subsidies, there will continue to be a shortage of affordable housing supply. It allows you to play around with the numbers and see their effect on a developer's profit/deficit.
This report provides case studies of 12 communities and how they used a implemented several policies in combination to promote affordable housing.
Exploration of the impact IZ policies have had, reasons they haven't been more effective, and possible alternatives.
Analyzes net fiscal impact of new market-rate housing production on LA's general fund budget.