affordable housing

The cost and inequity of children’s access to opportunity

By Michael Brenneis Housing and transportation are the two biggest expenses for average households in the United States, and geographic location has a significant impact on these costs. But living in areas with affordable housing and transportation is not enough to assure that children will

Planners reevaluate parking requirements for affordable housing

By Brian Lutenegger The most recent issue of Planning, the magazine of the American Planning Association, examines how cutting parking requirements can also improve the supply of affordable housing. Minneapolis lowered multifamily parking requirements in some neighborhoods and the market

How Denver and Seattle are working to preserve affordable housing near transit

By Rayla Bellis The Denver and Seattle regions are experiencing a challenge common to a number of cities around the country: despite an influx of transit-oriented development projects, much of that new housing is unaffordable to the people who rely on transit the most. In a recent guest post for

Seattle’s parking reforms

By Rayla Bellis The Seattle City Council passed a number of parking reforms earlier this month to further support the city’s ongoing efforts to become less car-oriented, advance local climate change goals, and reduce housing costs in the city. Seattle is one of many cities to recognize that its

California blocks parking requirements where housing needs aren’t met

By Chris McCahill In an effort to streamline affordable housing development, a new California law (SB-35) will preclude cities from requiring parking on certain projects, beginning January 1. As the New York Times recently reported, zoning ordinances such as parking requirements are central to

700,000 carless renters pay extra 13 percent for unused garage parking

By Chris McCahill A new study finds that garage parking costs the average renter an additional $1,700 per year (17 percent) nationwide. For the average carless renter, the extra cost of unused parking is $621 per year (13 percent). That amounts to $440 million in losses across more than 700,000

Not so affordable HUD homes

By Bill Holloway A recent study by researchers at Florida Atlantic University found that 44 percent of HUD-subsidized households spend at least 15 percent of their income on transportation. In their Housing + Transportation Index the Center for Neighborhood Technology uses 15 percent of area

The value of walkability

By Bill Holloway Is a home worth an $850 price premium for each additional Walk Score point? That’s the value that Emily Washington and Eli Dourado came up with using a fixed-effects model to analyze home sales across all metro and micropolitan areas in the U.S. Along with that finding,

FTA pushes to link transit and affordable housing

By Chris Spahr In August, New and Small Starts Evaluation and Rating Guidance was released by the Federal Transit Administration. The New and Small Starts Programs are FTA’s primary grant program for funding major capital investments for rapid rail, light rail, bus rapid transit, commuter rail,

American parking requirements: Massive (mostly), arbitrary, and costly

By Eric Sundquist The abundance of parking in American cities and suburbs, most of it on surface lots without direct costs to parkers, is readily apparent by taking a virtual tour via Google Earth or a similar program. The view below (Figure 1), of a mixed-use section of SSTI’s own Madison,