New arguments for employer-assisted housing
In some parts of the country, innovation and experimentation have helped employer-assisted housing (EAH) programs gain momentum, providing New Englanders additional rationale for implementing these programs. This article describes how EAH works, its potential benefits, how it is being implemented around the country, and how our region can make better use of these programs to promote competitiveness and affordable housing.
Tax credits for historic rehabilitation
Saving historic buildings preserves New England?s character while providing opportunities for affordable housing and economic development. The authors describe how to use federal historic tax credits as well as New England?s state-level historic tax credits.
Age-restricted housing in New England
Fair Housing Act amendments exempt housing restricted to ?older persons? from provisions protecting families with children from discrimination. But municipal leaders who believe that promoting over-55 housing will reduce education costs are in for a rude awakening.
Manufactured housing comes of age: a support network for resident-owned communities
Owners of manufactured homes who cooperatively purchase the park where they live are discovering benefits such as increased value of homes, decreased maintenance costs, faster resale, and willing lenders.
Youth flight: are housing costs the issue?
Young people are leaving New England. To combat the problem, the six states should not go it alone but should promote cooperation among governments, businesses, housing advocates, and educational institutions to devise regional strategies and solutions.
Environmental finance for affordable housing
Two wallets are better than one, as partnerships between environmental groups and affordable housing advocates are demonstrating.
The lack of affordable housing in New England: how big a problem?: why is it growing?: what are we doing about it?
Although housing costs in greater Boston and elsewhere around the region have leveled off, affordable housing is still high on the public policy agenda in every New England state. A growing chorus of employers and policymakers are warning that the region's high cost of housing is now undermining its ability to attract and retain workers and businesses. This paper presents a thorough, region-wide analysis of the housing affordability problem in New England. We construct three affordability indicators to examine differences in the cost of housing across socioeconomic, demographic, and ...
Mapping New England: 2005 housing permits in New England
Housing permits in New England increased from 57,872 in 2004 to 58,742 in 2005, with Rhode Island experiencing the greatest uptick. The map shows 2005 housing permits relative to population.
New England's share of a quiet crisis
Seniors have particular needs that make finding appropriate and affordable rental housing difficult. With a surge in senior population expected over the next two decades, the housing situation will likely get worse. George Samuels describes how New England is faring.
The New England rental market
New England?s rental prices are high but relatively affordable to most residents.