Understanding the Housing Crisis at America's Doorstep is Now Just a Click Away

New Up for Growth Action online toolkit provides treasure trove of easy-to-access community-level data and housing research

September 25, 2018
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WASHINGTON, DC – Up for Growth Action has developed a new online data and communications toolkit to provide those passionate about housing policy the data and research needed to better understand how key housing indicators are affecting metropolitan areas in the U.S. Developed in concert with ECONorthwest – the economic research firm that produced Up for Growth National Coalition’s “Housing Underproduction in the U.S.” report – the Housing Market Affordability Indicators Dashboard aggregates statistics on increases in rent, land use, home sales prices and growth, cost burdening for both renters and homeowners, and how new housing development compares to both household and job growth. The dashboard is searchable by metro areas across the U.S. and provides data from various sources, including the Census, Zillow, CoStar, and the Wharton School of Business, to provide a more complete picture of the unique housing challenges for each metro area.

Accompanying the Housing Market Affordability Indicators Dashboard is a communications toolkit with additional background, statistics, and academic research on some of the policy areas and societal issues directly and indirectly affected by housing. These include land and infrastructure use, the cost of housing, environmental and air quality concerns, housing equity, urbanization, and combating the outsized influence of NIMBYism. The data undergirds a powerful and compelling argument for those who want to make a difference in and communicate about how we approach housing, including candidates for federal office.

“Accessible and compelling facts and data are needed to change the policy conversation about housing,” said Mike Kingsella, Executive Director of Up for Growth Action. “Our Housing Market Affordability Indicators Dashboard and communications toolkit provide the information needed to better understand – and talk about - how metropolitan areas across the United States have been affected by the housing shortage and affordability crisis, building on our previous state-level research on housing underproduction. We hope these tools are used far and wide by lawmakers, candidates, activists, and others who know we can and must take a different approach to housing.”

The dashboard and communications toolkit are featured on Up for Growth’s newly redesigned website. The toolkit is the latest research project from Up for Growth, building on the Housing Underproduction report which found that from 2000 – 2015, the U.S. failed to produce the 7.3 million units of housing needed to keep up with demand. The shortage was felt in 22 states and Washington, DC.

You can download a pdf of the press release by clicking here.

About Up for Growth Action: Up for Growth Action is a 501(c)(4) that represents a vibrant, diverse and growing coalition of advocates who believe communities should grow for the benefit of every person. We support federal and state policies that improve equitable, environmental and economic health by promoting vibrant, walkable communities with housing close to jobs, transportation and amenities.

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