State of the Nation's Housing 2016, The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

Since 1988, this annual report assesses the state of housing in the U.S and reviews affordability concerns,
explains how housing continues to affect the economy, and cites factors that could drive growth in the future.

Mapping America's Rental Housing Crisis,  June 2015, Urban Land Institute

Many households struggle to afford a decent, safe place to live. Over the past five years, rents have risen while the number of renters needing affordable housing has increased. These two pressures make finding affordable housing even tougher for America’s poorest households.

The Shrinking Supply of Affordable Housing,  February 2012, National Low Income Housing Coalition

In 2010 there were 9.8 million extremely low income renter households in the Unites States and only 3 million rental homes affordable and available to these households. This shortage pf 6.8 million rental units means that only 30 rental homes are affordable and available for every 100 extremely low income renters. In Arizona, the numbers are even worse with only 20 rental homes affordable and available for every 100 extremely low income renters.


Out of Reach 2016,  March 2016, National Low Income Housing Coalition

The Housing Wage is a familiar figure to housing advocates. Every year for more than 20 years, NLIHC releases Out of Reach, our report on the Housing Wage: the wage one must earn in order to afford a modest rental home in communities across the country. Advocates can use this information to show Members of Congress, state legislators, and local elected officials the great need for affordable housing and its impact on the daily lives of their constituents. 


Affordable Housing is Nowhere to be Found for Millions,  March 2015, National Low Income Housing Coalition

The Housing Wage is a familiar figure to housing advocates. Every year for more than 20 years, NLIHC releases Out of Reach, our report on the Housing Wage: the wage one must earn in order to afford a or the first time in decades, the federal government will invest funds in the creation of rental housing units explicitly targeted to extremely low income (ELI) households, those with incomes at or below 30% of area median income (AMI). This will be achieved with the implementation of the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF). The NHTF was signed into law in 2008 but up until now, had not received funding. It will finally begin distributing funds to state agencies early in 2016. This investment in deeply affordable housing comes at a critical time, as this report will show. 


Paycheck to Paycheck,  September 2016, Center for Housing Policy

Wages and the Cost of Housing in America - When full-time wages are not sufficient to afford housing, the health and vitality of America's communities suffer. Unfortunately, renting or buying typical housing in many U.S. metro areas requires higher than median earnings for police officers, nurses, teachers, janitors, and other key roles that make our communities safe, healthy, and vibrant places to live.  What's in a Paycheck to Paycheck?



The Tucson Metropolitan Housing Commission, September 2013, Tucson

The website contains current news, legislation and research about housing in Tucson, Pima County, Southern AZ and state-wide.  It is intended to be used by public officials, researchers, housing developers, not-for-profits, housing organizations, citizens looking for housing that is affordable, and the general public.


Briefing Report 1: Affordable/Workforce Housing Recommendations and Barriers, August 2008, LISC Phoenix

Briefing Report #1 is a compendium of affordable/workforce housing recommendations, illumination of
the barriers in Arizona and Metro Phoenix, from 2001-2007, August 2008, LISC Phoenix. It covers the development of affordable/workforce housing and illustration of the best practices of some of the leading policy, program and development recommendations – employer-assisted housing programs, housing trust funds and development tools. 


Briefing Report 2: Recommendations on Local and Regional Trust Funds, April 2008, LISC Phoenix

In 1997, Pima County established a Housing Trust Fund to assist the County’s low-income residents purchase
and improve housing.  While there exists a framework for the County’s trust fund, no dedicated source of revenue was established.  Building on the recommendations and best practices identified in Briefing Report
#1, Briefing Report #2 seeks to determine the revenue potential vis-à-vis the public burden/opposition for
the Housing Trust Fund and the extent to which funding sources could be subject to legal challenges by
citizens or government entities. 


Briefing Report 3: Case Studies for Transit Oriented Development, March 2009, LISC Phoenix

A short summary of the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) tools that are used by communities all across the country. Ten tools have been selected by the Center for Transit Oriented Development and Reconnecting America to represent the best and most relevant ideas for the Phoenix metropolitan areas in promoting TOD.


Homelessness in Arizona Annual Report 2015, December 2015, Arizona Department of Economic Security.

This year's report includes information on local and national research on homelessness and housing and is an important resource for all stakeholders striving to prevent and end homelessness in Arizona.


Housing Arizona, November 2008, 93rd Arizona Town Hall.

Participants of the 93rd Arizona Town Hall traveled from throughout the state to decide how best to meet Arizona's housing needs by considering the larger economic, social, political and historical contex.


Arizona Incentives for Affordable Housing Task Force ReportJuly 2006.

The Task Force, consisting of professional from the private, public and non-profit sectors, including housing industry and economic development representatives, recommend mechanisms to provide greater housing opportunity throughout Arizona.



Preserving and Expanding Mobile/Manufactured Home Communities:  An Affordable Housing SolutionJanuary 2016.

Mobile home parks provide an important source of affordable housing for many low and moderate income Arizonans. According to the 2010 Census, 10.1% of Arizona’s occupied housing units are mobile homes.

In December 2015, LISC was proud to partner with the Arizona Housing Alliance in creating a Mobile Home Working Group (MHWG) to look at the issues surrounding distressed mobile home parks and to identify strategies that can be implemented to alleviate the hardship to residents of these parks.

Building off a 2001 study prepared by ESI Corporation; Taking Stock of Arizona’s Distressed Mobile Home Parks – A Pilot Study, the MHWG group identified key issues affecting distressed mobile home parks. The issues were divided between four committees: Resources, Community Engagement, Legal, and Research. Over the next six months the committees met and identified the issues within their area and potential solutions to these issues.

This REPORT is a compilation of the work of the committees and the MHWG.


Smoke Free Housing: A Toolkit for Owners/Management Agents, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

This document is for property owners, landlords, and property managers who are interested in exploring a smoke-free policy for their multi-unit buildings. 


Rural Data Portal, Housing Assistance Council

The Rural Data Portal provides over 350 indicators on social, economic and housing characteristics for rural communities in the United States. 


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