Finding Creative Solutions to the Housing Affordability Crisis

Housing Affordability
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Safe, decent, affordable housing provides fundamental benefits that are essential not just to the well-being of families, but to communities and the nation. But in today’s market, a limited supply of land, a shortage of skilled labor, and rising fees are all contributing to higher prices. NAHB analysis shows that regulatory requirements alone account for 25% of the cost of constructing a single-family home, and 30% of the cost of a multifamily unit. These factors make it difficult to increase the supply and diversity of housing and to ensure that it meets the needs of increasingly diverse households. Addressing housing affordability concerns is a top issue for NAHB in 2019, and we will be working with Congress, the administration, and state and local officials and policymakers to achieve this goal. There is no single "silver bullet" solution to the challenge of making housing more affordable. The effort requires comprehensive strategies and a variety of tools that can be used alone or in combination to reduce costs, boost supply and empower aspiring home buyers. To help empower — and encourage — builders and communities to take important first steps together, NAHB has compiled extensive research on state and local policies and incentives that are being used to help make housing more affordable in communities across the country. Key strategies that involve creative planning and zoning, cost reductions and other incentives, and public private partnerships are spotlighted in a new brochure and web page as a blueprint for collaboration and a springboard for innovation. The full, credentialed reports identify even more tools. Details about these strategies, including examples of viable, attractive projects and where they have been used, are available at and in NAHB’s Land Use 101 toolkit. For more information, contact Debbie Bassert, 800-368-5242 x8443.

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