Effects of Low-Income Housing on Property Values


The effects of low-income, public, and subsidized housing on the values of surrounding properties, the challenge of NIMBY, and some possible resources people can use to educate community groups and local governments.


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Housing Pulse Surveys

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Source: Housing Pulse Surveys (National Association of REALTORS®, 2017)

Impacts of Low-Income Housing on Neighboring Properties

San Jose: Council Approves A Pilot Program for ‘Tiny Homes’ for Homelessness (San Jose Mercury News, Aug. 30, 2017) E

Wary of Low Income Housing: Neighbors Express Opposition to Rock Spring Retail, Apartment Complex (The Aegist, July 20, 2017) E

Pittsburgh Considers Bigger Incentives for Building Cut-Rate Housing (Pittsburgh Times Review, June 6, 2017) E

Potential Mobile Home Park Causes Concerns Near Nitro (The Charleston Gazette, Feb. 1, 2017) E

How Affordable Housing Helps Companies (REALTOR® Magazine, Feb. 19, 2016)

REALTORS® Applaud House Passage of “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act” (National Association of REALTORS®, Feb. 2, 2016)

Opposition to Public Ho​using (NIMBYism)

Housing Crisis (The Sydney Morning Herald, Mar. 10, 2018) E

Residents Wary of Proposed Wheaton Drug Treatment Site (The Chicago Tribune, Jan. 9, 2018) E

Let’s Call it What It Is:  A Cynical Financial Tactic (The Age, Dec. 6, 2017) E

‘YIMBY’ Movement Urges Affordable Housing (REALTOR® Magazine Online, Oct. 12, 2017)

EDITORIAL:  Council, Residents Must Reject Classism (Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, Aug. 13, 2017) E

Three Disputes Over Business Locations Result in Three Different Endings (Midland Reporter Telegram, Aug. 9, 2017) E

Even Renters Say NIMBY, Study Shows (REALTOR® Magazine Online, Feb. 21, 2017)

Walsh: Engaging the Public is A Powerful Tool for Development (Long Island Business News, Feb. 28, 2017) E

Southwest Colorado Springs Residents Keep Up Pressure To Reject Affordable Housing Project (The Colorado Springs Gazette, Feb. 16, 2017) E

EDITORIAL: Homes Near Haskin Park Deserve Better From City, Google (San Antonio Express News, Jan. 18, 2017) E

NIMBY Resources (California Department of Housing and Community Development, 2016)

NIMBYism ruining our neighborhoods (Toronto Star, Jan. 7, 2016) E


Housing Opportunity Program, (National Association of REALTORS®) — NAR's Housing Opportunity Program helps REALTORS® become leaders in promoting home ownership at local, state and national levels

HUD User (U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development) — Numerous reports, articles, data sets, and other information on affordable housing from HUD's research department

National Low Income Housing Coalition — Includes numerous studies and reports on the state of affordable housing in the U.S., including the monthly NIMBY Report.

National Housing Conference — A national nonprofit affordable housing advocacy organization, featuring an Affordable Housing Clearinghouse, affordable housing publications and studies, and more

eBooks & Other Resources

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Member Support. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Member Support at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

The Effects of Subsidized Housing on Property Values: A Survey of Research (California Department of Housing & Community Development, 1988) HD 1387 C12e

Growth Management and Affordable Housing: Do They Conflict? (Brookings Institution Press, 2004) HT166 G74

Impacts of Social Housing: Final Report (Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation, Jan. 1994) HD 1387 C16

Low-Income Homeownership: Examining the Unexamined Goal (Brookings Institution Press, 2002) HD 7287 L68

Why Not in My Backyard? Neighborhood Impacts of Deconcentrating Assisted Housing (Rutgers University - Center for Urban Policy Research, 2003) HD 7293 W52w

Why Not in Our Community? Removing barriers to affordable housing (HUD, 2005) HD7293 Un3wn

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