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Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies Releases State of the Nation’s Housing 2022
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Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies Releases State of the Nation’s Housing 2022




Applications of Emerging Digital Technology in Furthering Fair and Equitable Housing
Applications of Emerging Digital Technology in Furthering Fair and Equitable Housing

In March 2022, the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University hosted “Bringing Digitalization Home,” a symposium exploring how digital technology might influence how housing is built, used, and financed.



Examining Housing Experiences by Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Examining Housing Experiences by Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The social science research community has a poor track record when it comes to studying the housing experiences of the LGBTQI+ community, defined here as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and individuals whose orientations differ from those who identify as heterosexual and cisgender.



Eviction Prevention Strategies To Promote Housing Stability
Eviction Prevention Strategies To Promote Housing Stability

When the COVID-19 pandemic began in late 2019, its economic impact threatened the ability of many households to pay their rent and mortgages.



Using Artificial Intelligence To Promote Equity in Home Mortgage Access
Using Artificial Intelligence To Promote Equity in Home Mortgage Access

Access to fair mortgage products is crucial to many families’ ability to become homeowners. Mortgage access depends on assessments of the risk that a borrower will default, which typically are made through traditional credit scores and other financial information from lending institutions.



Promoting Homeownership as a Strategy for Housing Affordability
Promoting Homeownership as a Strategy for Housing Affordability

In the United States, owning a home is the largest generator of wealth for families, exceeding even a household’s income or their level of educational attainment.



Los Angeles-Based Pilot Stabilizes Small Landlords in Vulnerable Neighborhoods
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A coalition of philanthropic and nonprofit partners are piloting a new initiative in select neighborhoods in Los Angeles that is intended to stabilize small landlords whose tenants have been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.



PD&R Quarterly Update: Advancing Equity in the Home Valuation Process
PD&R Quarterly Update: Advancing Equity in the Home Valuation Process

On July 29, 2021, HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) held its Quarterly Update event titled Advancing Equity in the Home Valuation Process.



Local Housing Strategies in the Wake of the Pandemic
Local Housing Strategies in the Wake of the Pandemic

In June 2021, the national housing development and advocacy nonprofit Enterprise Community Partners hosted HUD officials and local government executives from around the country in a webinar to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on housing, the vital importance of federal resources, and plans to ensure that affordable housing is equitable.



Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies Report: State of the Nation’s Housing 2021 Release
Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies Report: State of the Nation’s Housing 2021 Release

Falling unemployment rates, reopening businesses, and increases in spending are indicators that the economic recovery period from the COVID-19 pandemic is underway.



Centering Equity and Efficiency in Coronavirus Housing Responses
Centering Equity and Efficiency in Coronavirus Housing Responses

As the coronavirus pandemic began to unfold, forcing business closures and spiking unemployment, local government leaders worried that the broad loss of income among low-wage renters would result in mass evictions and produce a surge of homelessness.



Closing the African American Homeownership Gap
Closing the African American Homeownership Gap

The Fair Housing Act of 1968 prohibits discrimination based on race in the sale of housing, yet African Americans still experience the effects of explicit and implicit policies that barred them from the housing market before the act’s passage as well as ongoing discrimination in some cases.



Increasing Multifamily Housing Near Transit in Massachusetts
Increasing Multifamily Housing Near Transit in Massachusetts

Despite economic growth from 2009 to 2020, housing supply in Greater Boston fell short of demand, and at the same time, housing prices increased 53 percent.



Promoting Research-Informed Policy and Practice With Evidence Matters
Promoting Research-Informed Policy and Practice With Evidence Matters

Since 2011, HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research has published Evidence Matters, a journal aimed at policymakers, researchers, and practitioners that focuses on the ways in which research informs housing and community development policy.



Cityscape: Collecting 25 Years of Housing and Community Development Research
Cityscape: Collecting 25 Years of Housing and Community Development Research

For 25 years, HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) has furthered research on housing and community development issues through its journal Cityscape.



Older Households Face Significant Housing Challenges
Older Households Face Significant Housing Challenges

Headlining the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University’s (JCHS’) supplement to the State of the Nation’s Housing report, “Housing America’s Older Adults 2018,” is the notable fact that the majority of U.S. households — 65 million — are headed by someone who is at least 50 years old.


Measuring Discrimination in Rental Housing Among Individuals With Mental Disabilities
Measuring Discrimination in Rental Housing Among Individuals With Mental Disabilities

The U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation indicates that among Americans aged 15 and older, 15.2 million people had challenges with cognitive, mental, or emotional functioning in 2010.