affordable housing

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    Should Doctors Prescribe Housing?

    Recently, California Governor Gavin Newsom shared a new idea for how the state can address its ever-growing homeless population: doctors’ prescriptions for housing. JLF’s Jordan Roberts examined the plan and its similarities with public health policies in North Carolina in a research brief this week. Roberts quotes the Washington Examiner:…
    Brenee Goforth, March 4, 2020
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    Sanders: Do Social Concerns Trump Housing Warren, Impeach Gentrification?

    More housing options (including granny flats, garage units, and multiple dwelling units per residence, not just apartments and townhomes) would relax  upward pressure on housing prices. But they would certain not prevent a neighborhood from changing.
    Jon Sanders, November 20, 2019
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    Charlotte Observer Features JLF’s Jon Sanders on Wage Increases

    Last week, the Charlotte Observer published an article on the intersection of wages and affordable housing. The story reads: Consider Charlotte’s affordable housing crisis as a math problem. Housing costs are too high. Wages are too low. How do you solve it? So far, the community has focused on half…
    Brenee Goforth, October 31, 2019
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    It’s Economics! Restricting the Supply of Housing Increases the Prices

    This week, JLF’s Jon Sanders published a research brief on restrictive housing regulations and their relationship with housing shortages in parts of the country. Sanders writes: Outdated zoning, rent controls, and other regulations are preventing people in high-demand urban settings from providing affordable housing arrangements, such as adding accessory dwelling units…
    Brenee Goforth, October 24, 2019
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    Restrictive zoning is doubly harmful to increasing housing options

    Housing options increase in high-demand areas unless restrictive zoning laws are in place. If they are in place, however, they're doubly harmful to affordable housing.
    Jon Sanders, October 21, 2019
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    Efficacy of housing for teachers questioned

    Last year, Durham County Schools announced that they planned to build an apartment complex with “below-market rents” for teachers. Durham school officials believe that the apartments will help the district recruit and retain teachers.  Unfortunately, we have only anecdotal evidence that it does. Liana Loewus of Education Week writes, A…
    Terry Stoops, February 1, 2018