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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

Tenants Largely Stay Current on Rent, for Now

Despite a 14.7 percent unemployment rate and millions of new jobless claims each week, rent collections at many buildings are only slightly below where they were last year, when the economy was booming.

The Nation

It’s Time to Cancel the Rent

A recent report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies warned that at least 10 million people in the United States spend over 50 percent of their income on rent.

The Washington Post

Security deposits can be a high-cost hurdle to affordable housing

“Many of the households with earners in at-risk industries were already struggling with housing affordability,” says Whitney Airgood-Obrycki, research associate at the Joint Center for Housing Studies, “and the pandemic has only made the situation worse.”

The Wall Street Journal

Economy Could Spoil Home-Improvement Party

Home-improvement expenditures are expected to decline in most of America’s largest metropolitan areas this year in response to the economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to projections published April 30 by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

The New York Times

America’s Cities Could House Everyone, if They Chose To

The government calculates $600 is the most a family living at the poverty line can afford to pay in monthly rent while still having enough money for food, health care and other needs. From 1990 to 2017, the number of housing units available below that price shrank by four million.

The Architect's Newspaper

Lead with a mission-first design process to provide affordable housing

One of the words most often associated with affordable housing is “crisis.” Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies annual report reveals that 31.5 percent of all households are paying more than 30 percent of their income on housing.