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Understanding Scope of the Housing Shortage in the U.S.

Newly released data and analysis from several sources illustrate a major obstacle to a fully healthy housing market in the United States: the nation is not building nearly enough new residential units.

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  • ULI Case Studies: Mercantile Place, Dallas, Texas

    August 16, 2016

    Mercantile Place is a rental apartment community in downtown Dallas consisting of four separate and diverse buildings with a total of 704 apartments. Two of the apartment buildings were converted from office buildings, one of which was historic; the third is a renovated historic apartment building previously converted from office space; and the fourth is a new 15-story apartment building. Though the buildings are located on three separate blocks, they share amenities and parking, and the four buildings have been positioned and marketed together as one residential community.

  • Loosening the Restrictions on FHA Condo Finance

    August 15, 2016

    The U.S. Congress has thrown its support behind new legislation that aims to fix some of the problems in the condo financing program of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act (H.R. 3700) will loosen some of the more stringent regulatory requirements specific to condo mortgage insurance that were introduced in the wake of the housing finance crisis.

  • Getting Inclusionary Zoning Right

    August 3, 2016

    The laws of supply and demand—and the need for neighborhood evolution—still apply when communities try to boost their supply of affordable housing.

  • Tackling Affordability in Asia

    August 1, 2016

    Affordable housing means many different things across the Asia Pacific region, but in every nation, the driving issue in its provision is the cost of land. That should come as no surprise; the Asian population of 4.3 billion represents 57 percent of the world total, according to United Nations data, but Asia has only 30 percent of the world’s land mass.

  • Industry Outlook for Student Housing

    What matters most to college students living off campus? Members of ULI’s Student Housing Council discuss how private developers of student housing can create residences that appeal to students, their parents, and their academic institutions; which amenities are most in demand; which technological features are most important; and other trends.

  • Solving Two Problems: Converting Unused Office Space to Residential

    July 22, 2016

    A resurgence of office-to-residential conversions is happening in markets around the world. What conditions are necessary to make it work?

  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

    June 27, 2016

    In his recently released book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, sociologist and 2016 MacArthur Fellow Matthew Desmond explores life for low-income renters and their landlords in two high-poverty Milwaukee communities. How Housing Matters spoke with Desmond about his research and its implications for housing policy.

  • Four Affordable and Workforce Housing Policies, Initiatives Selected as ULI Award Finalists

    June 13, 2016

    The finalists for this year’s ULI Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Awards include Arlington County, Virginia, the City of Chicago, Illinois, New York City, and the State of Iowa.

  • Small-Scale Strategies Promote Affordable Renting in Connecticut

    June 6, 2016

    Small apartment buildings are often overlooked or underserved by housing policy and traditional housing and commercial real estate finance mechanisms. Because this housing type is so prevalent in New England and important in the state’s housing stock, the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority has created a three-pronged program to address rental needs at a scale that works for the state’s smaller communities.

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