Preserving Affordable Transit-Oriented Housing

Overview

As the U.S. economy slows, the likelihood of significant federal or local investment in new mass transit diminishes. But low- and moderate-income families depend upon housing close to transit to reduce their commuting expenses and improve access to jobs, schools, and other opportunities. Not surprisingly, the rental market has already begun to grow tighter in communities near existing transit and will most likely lead to escalating property values, making it more difficult to ensure long-term housing affordability.

Getting Home: Transportation Equity and Access to Affordable Housing

Overview

Getting Home: Transportation Equity and Access to Affordable Housing highlights the need for the next surface transportation reauthorization to provide access to truly affordable housing. 

Getting Home: Transportation Equity and Access to Affordable Housing Summary

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Getting Home: Transportation Equity and Access to Affordable Housing highlights the need for the next surface transportation reauthorization to provide access to truly affordable housing. 

Walking the Walk: Executive Summary

Overview

Analyzed data from 94,000 real estate transactions in 15 major markets and found that in 13 of the 15 markets, higher levels of walkability, as measured by Walk Score, were directly linked to higher home values. Key Finding: Houses with the above-average levels of walkability command a premium of about $4,000 to $34,000 over houses with just average levels of walkability.

The Future of Fair Housing: Report of the National Commission on Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

Overview

Forty years ago, Congress passed Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (the “Fair Housing Act”), which prohibits discrimination in public and private housing markets that is based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or familial status. The Act requires communities and the federal government to proactively further fair housing residential integration, and equal opportunity goals; however, equal opportunity in housing remains a major challenge, with collateral impact far beyond four walls and a roof.

Building a Better Urban Future: New Directions for Housing Policies in Weak Market Cities

Overview

There are few tasks more important and more necessary in American society today than the regeneration of “weak market cities.” This paper outlines an extensive list of housing strategies for change in these cities as part of their revitalization efforts. It is intended to help CDCs, government agencies, lenders, community members, and foundations assess the effectiveness of current revitalization strategies and priorities in weak market cities; develop new, effective goals and strategies; and prioritize the allotment of resources to best achieve these goals.