Reports

Reports

The Mel King Institute report library houses research reports and policy briefs relevant to the community development sector from organizations all over the country.

  • Author: The National Low Income Housing Coalition | Year: 2017
    Description:

    The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes highlights the critical housing needs of the nation’s lowest income households. More than 11.4 million extremely low income renter households in the U.S, whose income is no greater than 30% of their area median income (AMI) or the poverty guideline, face a shortage of 7.4 million affordable and available rental homes. Nationally, only 35 affordable homes are available for every 100 ELI renter households. A shortage exists in every state and major metropolitan area.

  • Author: National Low Income Housing Coalition | Year: 2017
    Description:

    Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) published a new report called “A Place to Call Home: The Case for Increased Federal Investments in Affordable Housing.” The report provides a national overview of the need for and benefits of affordable housing and community development investments. The report is accompanied by a new toolkit to support advocacy efforts, including factsheets, sample op-eds and statewide data on the economic impact of investments by HUD and the USDA Rural Housing Program

  • Author: Keri-Nicole Dillman, PhD; CHAPA; DHCD; | Year: 2017
    Description:

    A new report, Strengthening Housing Investments for Community Revitalization: Research for Massachusetts Policy and Practice, concludes that enlisting affordable housing production as part of the revitalization of distressed neighborhoods ‘makes sense.’   Research from across the country demonstrates that producing Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) housing in high poverty neighborhoods positively impacts the immediate surrounding neighborhood – in terms of modest property value gains and increased safety. This paper provides recommendations to consider for sharpening goals and tools to advance community revitalization in Massachusetts, particularly through the Qualified Allocation Plan. 

  • Author: Department of Housing and Urban Development | Year: 2016
    Description:

    This report reviews the recent research on the causes and consequences of gentrification and identifies key steps policymakers can take to foster neighborhood change that is both inclusive and equitable. Best practices on the ground have been varied, but they all include a focus on the preservation and production of affordable housing and are strengthened by their collaboration and partnership with other local agencies. In particular, this report suggests four key strategies that could alleviate the pressures on housing affordability and community resistance to change.