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What’s Driving the Huge US Rent Spike?

Multifamily construction is “robust” right now, says Whitney Airgood-Obrycki, a research associate at Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.


Where Will the Eviction Wave Hit? Follow the Big Landlords

According to a survey of property owners in 10 cities by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, 10% of small landlords and 8% of mid-sized landlords said that they were still owed half or more of their rent by the end of 2020, compared with just 3% of large landlords.

CBS News

Landlord faces homelessness amid eviction ban

A new report shows that nearly 10% of landlords around the country collected less than half of their rent in 2020. Landlords who owned fewer than six units were most affected.

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?