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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 Boston Globe

Why availability is the new affordability when it comes to home buying

Current mortgage affordability brought by low interest rates, however welcome, comes with a caveat, Alex Hermann of JCHS said. “Higher home prices are often going to require a larger down payment, which is often the biggest barrier to accessing homeownership, especially for first-time buyers with low or moderate incomes."

Al Jazeera

COVID crisis underscores need for ‘fundamental’ US housing reform

Even before the pandemic, more than half of Black and Hispanic renters were cost-burdened, spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing, according to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. The pandemic has only made these disparities worse, JCHS found.

Marketplace

Pandemic home improvement can lead to remodelers’ remorse

“We think that the increase in spending last year, a good chunk of it was a surge in what we would call DIY projects or small remodeling and repair projects,” said Abbe Will, a researcher with Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies.

The New York Times

People of Color Face the Most Pandemic Housing Insecurity

Among its many findings, the JCHS’s “The State of the Nation’s Housing 2020” report revealed that Black households were the most likely to be behind on rent payments, followed by Hispanic or Latino, Asian, multiracial and finally white households.

The Wall Street Journal

Amazon Pledging More Than $2 Billion for Affordable Housing in Three Hub Cities

But housing advocates also say these investments aren’t expected to solve the housing shortages for lower and even middle-income earners in these expensive metro areas. “It’s going to take a much larger investment of resources to address the problem at a scale that’s needed,” said Chris Herbert, managing director of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.

CBS News

Low-wage workers in 20 states will see a pay raise on New Year's Day

About half of all renters are "cost burdened," meaning they pay more than 30% of their income toward housing, according to Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies. After paying their rent, people who earn less than $15,000 a year have about $410 left each month for food, transportation, health care and other essentials, the study noted.