In a piece for Greater Greater Washington, Libby Solomon discusses a new report on the DC Flexible Rent Subsidy Program. According to Solomon, the report suggests that “it’s too soon to tell what effect the program has on long-term housing stability, but the results look promising.”
In a post for Greater Greater Washington, Jeff Wood provides a list of links related to land use policy from around the United States.
In a guest essay for the New York Times, Eli Dourado argues that many of America’s problems – housing shortages, homelessness, absent public transportation, power outages – can be solved by improvements in our ability to build. Dourado argues that, by eliminating various legal and regulatory barriers, America can build itself out of these problems.
In an issue brief for the Manhattan Institute, Connor Harris discusses how inclusionary zoning (IZ) policies can distort the housing market and can even reduce housing construction. First, Harris starts with a theoretical, a priori explanation of how IZ can distort housing markets. Next, Harris examines the empirical evidence to conclude that “though the evidence is not consistent, it suggests that at least some IZ policies can noticeably reduce housing construction and raise market-rate house prices.” Finally, he discusses IZ case studies of New York City, Portland, and Minneapolis.
In a Slow Boring piece, Matthew Yglesias that supporting reform of single family zoning does not mean opposing single family homes. He argues that zoning reform will simply allow would-be homeowners and renters more choices when deciding where and in which sort of home to live.
In a piece for Greater Greater Washington, Jane Lyons covers news that Montgomery County is considering allowing more multifamily homes to be built, particularly in areas close to public transit.
In a piece for Greater Greater Washington, Jenny Schuetz discusses the housing challenges that will be faced by Virginia’s next governor. These challenges include risks of future housing shortages in specific localities, cost burdens on low income Virginians, poor housing quality, and climate risks.