Monthly Archives: September 2017

Defining Housing Affordability

Source: HUD User (Reposted with Permission from HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), ) Housing programs in the United States have long measured housing affordability in terms of percentage of income. In the 1940s, the maximum affordable rent for federally subsidized housing was set at 20 percent of income, which rose to 25 percent of income in 1969 and 30 percent of income in 1981. Over time, the 30 percent threshold also became the standard for owner-occupied housing, and it remains the indicator of affordability for housing in the … Read More

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Proposed ‘UN Urban’ would coordinate global approach to urbanization

The following article appeared in citiscope on August 17, 2017 and is written by Gregory Scruggs. “A global panel of experts has recommended the creation of a first-ever international body focused on urban sustainability. The panel was formed at the behest of U. N. Secretary-General António Guterres, who subsequently indicated his support for the creation of such an entity, being referred to as “UN Urban”. read more  

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