December 3, 2013

What kind of community do Americans want?

In today's post, VHDA's Brooke Scott brings us up to speed on an interesting national survey and how it relates to affordable housing.

In case you missed it, the National Association of REALTORS® recently released its 2013 Community Preference Survey. Because it provides timely insight into the housing needs and desires of the current population, planners and developers seeking to design or revitalize communities will find it a valuable resource.

Survey participants not only indicated their ideal community, type of home, changes in quality of life and transportation needs, they also identified issues they think should be a high priority for state government. Among those issues is affordable housing. According to the survey:

  • 57 percent of respondents believe having housing for people with moderate- to low-income should be a high priority for their state government (up 11 points from 2011, from 46 to 57 percent).
  • 59 percent believe improving the availability of affordable housing should be a high priority (up eight points from 2011, from 51 to 59 percent).

Whether you’re developing or revitalizing communities or creating policies to support affordable housing, you’ll find there is something for everyone in the survey. View the analysis and slides.

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