Expanding housing choices has benefits far beyond fair housing compliance; housing diversity is equally important for community and economic development strategies. Housing types and price points that reflect the needs and means of community residents support a more stable labor force and educational system, reduce social costs of poverty, and lead to economic prosperity.
Housing that is affordable to a range of incomes serves as a wage subsidy to local employers.
Housing can be made affordable either by increasing wages or reducing the net costs of housing, which are often influenced by transportation, energy, land, construction, regulatory and financing factors. In some rural Idaho communities, workers must often commute long distances to find housing within their budget, while the cost to heat or cool inefficient housing can exceed rent. So we created the ‘HUT (Housing + Utilities +Transportation) Index’ to hint at real-world cost considerations.
We hope to update and expand these resources to be more useful to local and state policy makers and housing stakeholders. This data can help inform a larger statewide housing needs assessment and resource allocation process. See also “What Every City and County Needs to Know’ for additional information from the 2011 Analysis of Impediments.
County data sets for demographics, poverty and housing/transportation cost burden.
Conducting a local housing needs assessment
U.S. housing market: impressions, impacts and implications
- Breaking Down the Barriers to Affordable Housing
- MacArthur Foundation “How Housing Matters” study April 2014
- The Unintended Consequences of Housing Finance
- HUD’s Regulatory Barriers Clearinghouse
- HUD Form 27300 – America’s Affordable Communities Initiative
- Driving a Vibrant Economy: Housing’s Role in Colorado’s Economic Success
- Housing Affordability Burden for U.S. Cities
- Economic and household income projections for Idaho
- Cost burden maps from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies
Housing and Transportation: location-based costs
- Creating Connected Communities (HUD/CPD)
- Affordable housing and transit should go hand-in-hand
- 12 ways developers can guide tenants to better transportation decisions
- Housing + Transportation Affordability Index
Tiny Houses and Personal Shelters: implications and opportunities for housing, planning and economic development professionals
- Tiny Houses, and the Not-So-Tiny Questions They Raise
- Get Small Think Big: Housing for a New Economy and Legal Landscape (2015 APA/Idaho Chapter Conference)
- Sustainable Building Codes
- Idaho Division of Building Safety – Tiny Houses, Manufactured Homes, Modular Buildings and Recreational Buildings
- NEW! 12/07/2016 History is Made: Tiny Houses Approved, Incorporated into IRC
NEW! 10/2016 Idaho Chapter/APA Conference Presentations
Next Steps for Small-Footprint Housing
- We’re building more three-car garages than one-bedroom apartments
- Planning Behind
- (see also Tiny House section above)
Communities for Life: Aging-in-Place
The Changing Face of Fair Housing: Assessment of Fair Housing
Center for Budget and Policy Priorities
- Federal Housing Spending Poorly Matched to Need
- Idaho Fact Sheet 2015: Federal Rental Assistance
- Housing Choice Voucher Utilization Data by State
- Rental listing and locator services: www.housingidaho.com
- Landlord RackCard_Layout_2015
2016 NW CDI Course—Third Year: Housing as a Second Language