Research

NATIONAL REPORTS

  • State of the Nation's Housing 2016
    The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
    Since 1988, this annual report assesses the state of housing in the U.S and reviews affordability concerns,explains how housing continues to affect the economy, and cites factors that could drive growth in the future.

  • Mapping America's Rental Housing Crisis
    June 2015, Urban Land Institute
    Many households struggle to afford a decent, safe place to live. Over the past five years, rents have risen while the number of renters needing affordable housing has increased. These two pressures make finding affordable housing even tougher for America’s poorest households.

  • The Shrinking Supply of Affordable Housing
    February 2012, National Low Income Housing Coalition
    In 2010 there were 9.8 million extremely low income renter households in the Unites States and only 3 million rental homes affordable and available to these households. This shortage of 6.8 million rental units means that only 30 rental homes are affordable and available for every 100 extremely low income renters. In Arizona, the numbers are even worse with only 20 rental homes affordable and available for every 100 extremely low income renters.

  • Out of Reach 2016
    March 2016, National Low Income Housing Coalition
    The Housing Wage is a familiar figure to housing advocates. Every year for more than 20 years, NLIHC releases Out of Reach, our report on the Housing Wage: the wage one must earn in order to afford a modest rental home in communities across the country. Advocates can use this information to show Members of Congress, state legislators, and local elected officials the great need for affordable housing and its impact on the daily lives of their constituents.

  • Affordable Housing is Nowhere to be Found for Millions
    March 2015, National Low Income Housing Coalition
    The Housing Wage is a familiar figure to housing advocates. Every year for more than 20 years, NLIHC releases Out of Reach, our report on the Housing Wage: the wage one must earn in order to afford a or the first time in decades, the federal government will invest funds in the creation of rental housing units explicitly targeted to extremely low income (ELI) households, those with incomes at or below 30% of area median income (AMI). This will be achieved with the implementation of the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF). The NHTF was signed into law in 2008 but up until now, had not received funding. It will finally begin distributing funds to state agencies early in 2016. This investment in deeply affordable housing comes at a critical time, as this report will show.

  • Paycheck to Paycheck
    September 2016, Center for Housing Policy
    Wages and the Cost of Housing in America - When full-time wages are not sufficient to afford housing, the health and vitality of America's communities suffer. Unfortunately, renting or buying typical housing in many U.S. metro areas requires higher than median earnings for police officers, nurses, teachers, janitors, and other key roles that make our communities safe, healthy, and vibrant places to live.  What's in a Paycheck to Paycheck?

STATE REPORTS

  • The Tucson Metropolitan Housing Commission
    September 2013, Tucson
    The website contains current news, legislation and research about housing in Tucson, Pima County, Southern AZ and state-wide.  It is intended to be used by public officials, researchers, housing developers, not-for-profits, housing organizations, citizens looking for housing that is affordable, and the general public.

  • Briefing Report 1: Affordable/Workforce Housing Recommendations and Barriers
    August 2008, LISC Phoenix
    Briefing Report #1 is a compendium of affordable/workforce housing recommendations, illumination of the barriers in Arizona and Metro Phoenix, from 2001-2007, August 2008, LISC Phoenix. It covers the development of affordable/workforce housing and illustration of the best practices of some of the leading policy, program and development recommendations – employer-assisted housing programs, housing trust funds and development tools.

  • Briefing Report 2: Recommendations on Local and Regional Trust FundsApril 2008, LISC Phoenix
    In 1997, Pima County established a Housing Trust Fund to assist the County’s low-income residents purchase and improve housing.  While there exists a framework for the County’s trust fund, no dedicated source of revenue was established.  Building on the recommendations and best practices identified in Briefing Report #1, Briefing Report #2 seeks to determine the revenue potential vis-à-vis the public burden/opposition for the Housing Trust Fund and the extent to which funding sources could be subject to legal challenges by citizens or government entities.

  • Briefing Report 3: Case Studies for Transit Oriented Development
    March 2009, LISC Phoenix
    A short summary of the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) tools that are used by communities all across the country. Ten tools have been selected by the Center for Transit Oriented Development and Reconnecting America to represent the best and most relevant ideas for the Phoenix metropolitan areas in promoting TOD.

  • Homelessness in Arizona Annual Report 2015
    December 2015, Arizona Department of Economic Security
    This year's report includes information on local and national research on homelessness and housing and is an important resource for all stakeholders striving to prevent and end homelessness in Arizona.

  • Housing Arizona
    November 2008, 93rd Arizona Town Hall
    Participants of the 93rd Arizona Town Hall traveled from throughout the state to decide how best to meet Arizona's housing needs by considering the larger economic, social, political and historical context.


  • July 2006
    The Task Force, consisting of professional from the private, public and non-profit sectors, including housing industry and economic development representatives, recommend mechanisms to provide greater housing opportunity throughout Arizona.

Other Research and Reports

  • Preserving and Expanding Mobile/Manufactured Home Communities:  An Affordable Housing Solution
    January 2016
    Mobile home parks provide an important source of affordable housing for many low and moderate income Arizonans. According to the 2010 Census, 10.1% of Arizona’s occupied housing units are mobile homes.

    In December 2015, LISC was proud to partner with the Arizona Housing Alliance in creating a Mobile Home Working Group (MHWG) to look at the issues surrounding distressed mobile home parks and to identify strategies that can be implemented to alleviate the hardship to residents of these parks.

    Building off a 2001 study prepared by ESI Corporation; Taking Stock of Arizona’s Distressed Mobile Home Parks – A Pilot Study, the MHWG group identified key issues affecting distressed mobile home parks. The issues were divided between four committees: Resources, Community Engagement, Legal, and Research. Over the next six months the committees met and identified the issues within their area and potential solutions to these issues.

    This REPORT
    is a compilation of the work of the committees and the MHWG.

  • Smoke Free Housing: A Toolkit for Owners/Management Agents
    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    This document is for property owners, landlords, and property managers who are interested in exploring a smoke-free policy for their multi-unit buildings.

  • Rural Data Portal
    Housing Assistance Council
    The Rural Data Portal provides over 350 indicators on social, economic and housing characteristics for rural communities in the United States.

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