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Community Acceptance of Affordable Housing
Virginia Tech University
June 2004

Community acceptance of affordable housing  faces challenges often summarized under the term "Not-In-My-Backyard" or NIMBY. This study reviews some of the ways to overcome hurdles to community acceptance of affordable housing.

Research Brief (595K pdf) | Executive Summary (227K pdf) |
Full Report (775K pdf)



Mobility, Residential Location and the American Dream

March 2004

It is well-known that racial disparities in homeownership have been persistent, despite efforts to reduce the gap between whites and minorities. This study examines the location, mobility and homeownership choice of whites and minorities in Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C., and highlights differences across both racial groups and metropolitan areas.

Research Brief (642K pdf) | Executive Summary (314K pdf) |
Full Report (438K pdf)



Priced High on a Hill: A Study of Housing Affordability in San Francisco

November 2003

This study looks at how affordable housing developers and advocates are making headway in one of the most expensive housing markets in the country -- San Francisco. Factors affecting housing affordability in San Francisco include extraordinary demand, growing incomes, increased formation of smaller households, seismic and environmental regulation, neighborhood opposition to new development and rent control. This report concludes with a set of case studies revealing a remarkable variety of developers and operators active in serving different categories of lower-income households in need throughout the city.

Research Brief ( 561K pdf) | Executive Summary (195K pdf) |
Full Report (1.9MB pdf)



Intra-Metropolitan Mobility, Residential Location and Homeownership Choice

March 2003

Homeownership has risen markedly during the past decade, although the ownership gap between whites and minorities has remained. This study highlights how homeownership choice, location and mobility interact among white, African-American, Asian and Hispanic households.

Research Brief (544K pdf) | Executive Summary (293K pdf) |
Full Report (438K pdf)



A Review of Existing Research on the Effects of Federally Assisted Housing Programs on Neighboring Residential Property Values

October 2002

Federal housing policy has emphasized deconcentration of poverty, while homeowners often fear that the dispersal of low-income or special needs households will have a detrimental impact on property values. This study reviews recent research on how property values are affected by the presence of subsidized housing.

Research Brief (537K pdf) | Executive Summary (177K pdf) |
Full Report (653K pdf)



New Orleans Affordable Housing Case Study

October 2002

New Orleans has made substantial progress during the past decade to expand economic opportunities for residents. Despite the economic gains, the need for affordable housing for low- and moderate-income households remains acute. This report examines several case studies that illustrate the complexities and successes of meeting the housing needs of underserved households.

Research Brief (467K pdf) | Executive Summary (166K pdf) |
Full Report (813K pdf)





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