How We Got Here
Factors Contributing to the Crisis
A limited supply of land, a shortage of skilled labor and increasing material costs are all contributing to higher prices and rents. The result? Americans are struggling to afford one of the most basic human needs — shelter. The only way to solve this crisis is to build more homes.
But local governments often stand in the way with excessive regulations and restrictive zoning policies. Housing isn’t one-size-fits-all; home builders need the flexibility to build what the market demands.
Addressing the housing affordability crisis and supporting new residential construction will make our communities stronger, more inclusive and more economically competitive, while boosting local tax bases.
During this key election year, NAHB’s Election 2020 efforts are helping to ensure that housing affordability is a central part of the conversation throughout the campaign season. Learn more.