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Investing in Rural America

Senator Marin Heinrich (D-New Mexico), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, has released a report that provides a detailed examination of the state of the rural economy and the policies that may help advance opportunity in rural areas, including opportunities for affordable housing. Investing in Rural America points out that rural residents enjoy higher homeownership rates than their urban counterparts but have fewer adequate and affordable rental homes available, particularly in Indian Country. It also notes that rural areas have limited access to mortgage credit and that community banks can fill critical gaps left by big banks. Finally, the report emphasizes the importance of investing in housing revitalization, which can help attract and retain a high-skilled workforce and enable aging rural residents to remain in their communities. (The Senate Joint Economic Committee, June 2018)  (Report available below)


Investing in Rural America

Bringing Progress and Economic Opportunity to Rural Communities

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The State of the Nation's Housing 2018

Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard annual assessment of the housing market, demographic trends and housing challenges faced by U.S. households.

The report highlights a number of topics, including that renter households are still widely cost-burdened, the nation’s multi-family housing inventory remains tight at the lower end of the market, and federal housing assistance to low-income households continues to fall short of demand. According to JCHS, 20.8 million renter households were cost-burdened, paying more than 30 percent of their income on housing, and nearly 11 million renter households were severely cost-burdened, paying more than 50 percent of their income on housing.

Out of Reach 2018

A minimum-wage worker can't afford a 2-bedroom apartment anywhere in the U.S.

The Out of Reach report shows the Housing Wage for every state, metropolitan area, and county in the country. The Housing Wage is the hourly wage a full-time worker must earn to afford a modest rental home without spending more than 30% of his or her income on housing costs. The report compares the Housing Wage to average renter wages and minimum wages, as well as wages in the fast-growing occupations, nationally. The report also shows how many hours an individual must work each week for all 52 weeks per year at the prevailing minimum wage to afford a modest one- and two-bedroom apartment at the Fair Market Rent. Out of Reach 2018 also provides Housing Wages for ZIP codes in metropolitan areas.

2018 Fair Housing Trends Report

Making every neighborhood a place of opportunity

The GAP - a Shortage of Affordable Homes

No state has an adequate supply of affordable rental housing for the lowest income renters.

Housing Needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives in Tribal Areas

A Report From the Assessment of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs

Assessment of American Indian and Alaska Native housing conditions in tribal areas.

Designing and Operating Homeownership Programs on Tribal Lands

A comprehensive overview of the steps required to create homeownership programs on tribal lands.

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