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Our research is regularly cited in national and local news outlets; below is some of our recent press coverage.

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The New York Times

‘Grandfamily’ Housing Caters to Older Americans Raising Children

Less than 4 percent of US homes had basic accessibility features in 2011, the latest available measure, according to JCHS. This puts pressure on grandparents raising children who have a disability, which is roughly a quarter of all grandparents raising children.

The New York Times

America’s Housing Crisis Is a Choice

Why hasn’t more housing been built? The rising costs of labor and lumber are one reason, according to a recent report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.

The Washington Post

With tenants who won’t pay or leave, small landlords face struggles of their own

Individuals used to own two-thirds of apartment properties with five to 24 units. But from 2001 to 2015, that share fell to two-fifths, and researchers from Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies found that as large, Wall Street-backed investors purchased the buildings, they raised rents more quickly.

Black News Channel

Black Homeownership: The New Norm

With prices skyrocketing, homeownership is increasingly out of reach for many Black Americans. Is the end in sight and what solutions are possible to help people find a house they can afford?


Selling out: America's local landlords. Moving in: Big investors

Even before COVID-19 struck, America was plagued by a lack of affordable homes, defined by the government as one that a household can rent for 30% or less of their income. A quarter of American renters pay more than half their incomes on rent, the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies says.


How to Win in a Red-Hot Housing Market

Tight supply and continued strong demand from buyers has caused home prices to skyrocket, says Alexander Hermann, a research analyst and one of the lead authors of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies’ 2021 State of the Nation’s Housing report.