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The New York Times

Racing to Head Off Evictions and Foreclosures

About 44 million American households rent their homes, and many were struggling long before the new coronavirus emerged. In 2018, close to half of renters spent more than a third of their income on rent, while a quarter spent more than half, according to a report released in January by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

As Coronavirus Spreads, Universities Stall Their Research to Keep Human Subjects Safe

“As fieldworkers, sometimes we can delude ourselves into thinking that we are truly members of the community,” Joint Center for Housing Studies postdoctoral researcher Sharon Cornelissen said. “This crisis really puts into focus that ultimately we are researchers” who represent universities. “That comes with different responsibilities.”

Harvard Political Review

A Call for Intersectional YIMBYism

At least on the issue of a housing shortage, YIMBYs are right. Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies estimates that current levels of population growth would support the construction of 300,000 more units than are currently built each year.


Why Demographic Trends Support Continued Multifamily Growth

A report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies found that by 2035, 1 out of 3 US households will be headed by someone over the age of 65. This population of nearly 79 million people who will require a variety of different housing options.

The Washington Post

3D-printed homes: A concept is turning into something solid

“While many households now of retirement age have the means to age in place or move to other suitable housing, a record number are cost burdened and will have few affordable housing options as they age,” according to the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, a shortage some think could be addressed by innovations like 3D-printed homes.


Vacant Hospitals Help Address Ills Of Limited Affordable Senior Housing

Many experts believe it’s important at least some of these institutions are reborn as affordable housing. “Rental markets in the U.S. remain extremely tight,” noted the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University in its America’s Rental Housing 2020 report.


New York City needs a public housing renaissance

Since public housing caps were imposed, the ability of working people to afford housing has diminished. Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies cites a 2017 study showing that there were “37 affordable and available units for every 100 extremely low-income renters,” and “58 units affordable and available for every 100 households’’ of very low income renters.