As housing prices have fluctuated widely in recent years, and wages have stagnated or declined, homeowners are struggling to stay in affordable homes. Given the current economic climate, the issue of housing affordability has spread to those not traditionally perceived as seeking “affordable housing.” More importantly, these households receive little or no public assistance. A new term has been coined to address these emerging households: workforce housing. This group may include teachers, police officers and fire fighters as well as health care workers, retail clerks, administrative personnel and other moderate income workers, all essential to the economic vitality of an area and its success. However defined, the key to housing affordability is that it meets the needs of the people who provide services we depend on. Information found here will help you frame the discussion of workforce housing and housing affordability so that regulators and other groups can best address these issues.
- Addressing NIMBY Attitudes towards Housing Affordability
Have you ever faced a hostile audience at a local public hearing for a new development? You have experienced the growing NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) phenomenon. Learn from experts how to deal with these sticky situations here.
- Encouraging Fair Housing Issues
Learn how regulations that increase the cost of housing can have a discriminatory impact on groups protected by the Fair Housing Act.
- Strategies and Funding Sources for Housing Affordability
There are literally thousands of state and local programs and comprehensive funding sources to help home builders provide for housing affordability and workforce housing.
- Regulatory Barriers to Housing Affordability
With home builders facing increasing costs associated with ever expanding local state and federal regulations, it has become increasingly difficult to construct housing in a manner affordable to many Americans.