Solving Two Problems: Converting Unused Office Space to Residential

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

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  • 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.

  • Many Suburbs Dodging Issue of Affordable Housing

    May 31, 2016

    With the trend toward urbanization increasingly pricing families out of housing in cities, one solution to the problem would be to simply construct more affordable multifamily housing stock in the suburbs.

  • Regulatory Environment One of Many Impediments to More Homeownership

    Panelists at the recent ULI Housing Opportunity Conference discussed the impediments to low- to moderate-income wage earners achieving homeownership, saying that most large lenders and many regional and smaller lenders have lost their ability to originate layered mortgages, due to the increased complexity of the new regulatory environment.

  • New England Mayors Facing Cities’ Affordable Housing Shortage

    May 25, 2016

    Despite a regional economy that is faring better than that in much of the United States, many of New England’s major cities are struggling to provide enough affordable housing for their middle-income workforce.

  • Four Solutions for Housing Cost-Burdened Families

    May 23, 2016

    In February, Enterprise Community Partners unveiled an ambitious policy platform that is intended to improve the lives and outcomes of housing-insecure families.

  • Japan Copes with Shifting Demands in Tourism

    May 16, 2016

    Japan welcomed just under 20 million visitors last year and is targeting 40 million arrivals by 2020, the year Tokyo holds the Summer Olympics. ULI members attending the event at the Tokyo Midtown conference center heard that the Japanese government is having trouble keeping up with the pace of change in the tourism industry. For example, due to licensing requirements, 99 percent of Airbnb apartment owners in Japan are breaking the law.

  • Even in Affordable U.S. Cities, Energy Adds to Cost of Housing

    May 13, 2016

    Improving energy efficiency in low-income households could create a ripple effect of health, economic, and environmental benefits for individuals, families, and communities, says a new report on low-income households in 48 of the largest U.S. cities.

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