A large and growing share of US households cannot find housing they can afford. A major focus of our research is to document the housing cost burdens that both renters and homeowners face, and to analyze the complex interrelationships among household incomes, housing prices, and the market dynamics driving affordability trends. We incorporate our findings into our signature reports and make our national, state, and metro-level cost burden data available through a variety of interactive tools.

Reports & Papers

Strategies for Sustainable Growth in Community Land Trusts

April 22, 2019

Author: Aneliese Palmer

Estimating the Gap in Affordable and Available Rental Units for Families

April 02, 2019

Authors: Whitney Airgood-Obrycki, Jennifer Molinsky

Measuring Housing Affordability: Assessing the 30 Percent of Income Standard

September 25, 2018

Authors: Christopher Herbert, Alexander Hermann, Daniel McCue


May 16, 2018

Author: Ingrid Gould Ellen

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Data & Charts


David Luberoff

Deputy Director

Strategies for Sustainable Growth in Community Land Trusts

Monday, April 22, 2019

With increasing concern about housing affordability, there has been growing interest in Community Land Trusts (CLTs), place-based non-profits that hold...

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Whitney Airgood-Obrycki

Senior Research Analyst

American Families Can’t Afford the Rent

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Housing is a central component of family life and can provide a foundation for family well-being. While we typically think...

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