At Station Center in Union City, California, which includes 157 affordable rental units, the design team commissioned a mural by San Francisco artist Mona Caron for the five-story entry tower. (© bruce damonte)Market Trends

Product Council Outlook for Affordable Housing

Experts on affordable housing and members of ULI’s Affordable/Workforce Housing Council discuss how to make affordable housing less costly to build and more supportive for residents.

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  • Rethinking Private Accessory Dwellings

    March 6, 2015

    Owners of detached single-family houses are finding ways to add accessory dwellings to their homes. Planners have only recently started to address the trend, crafting regulatory changes that can help PADs enrich the intergenerational fabric of communities.

  • ULX: 10 Next-Wave Mixed-Income Housing Projects

    February 23, 2015

    Ten new multifamily developments blend units for residents at a variety of income levels in or near urban cores.

  • Seven Strategies for Making U.S. Housing More Affordable

    As U.S. home prices have bounced back, activists, advocates, and community developers have struggled to make housing more affordable.

  • 11 Strategies for Building Community with Affordable Housing

    February 13, 2015

    The design quality of affordable housing can have a substantial positive effect on both residents and the surrounding community.

  • Will Cutting FHA Premiums Boost Homeownership?

    January 26, 2015

    The big housing news of 2015 so far has been the Obama administration’s announcement that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) will reduce the annual premiums new borrowers pay for FHA-insured home mortgage loans by 50 basis points—a half percentage point. But what impact will that have on affordability?

  • Florida’s Economy Has Rebounded from Its Downward Slide

    January 23, 2015

    Ferris wheels, roller coasters, and the Florida economy—they are all famous for their ups and downs.

  • Thinking Bigger about Micro Units

    December 18, 2014

    New research from the Urban Land Institute suggests that micro units—typically larger than a one-car garage, but smaller than a double—have staying power as a housing type that appeals to urban dwellers in high-cost markets who are willing to trade space for improved affordability and proximity to downtown neighborhoods.

  • Product Council Insight: Outlook for Master-Planned Communities

    December 15, 2014

    Members of ULI’s Master-Planned Communities Council discuss factors that homebuyers look for in communities; ways that developers are partnering to enhance access to retail, health care, education, and other services; strategies for fostering a sense of community among residents; and other trends.

  • How Best to Retrofit Housing for Earthquakes? Rezone and Densify

    December 11, 2014

    Could San Francisco’s landlords finance badly needed earthquake retrofits by converting garages into “granny flats” while also adding badly needed affordable housing?

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