Housing Underproduction™ in the U.S. 2022

America is experiencing a housing crisis.

As people migrate in search of jobs, education, and economic opportunities, the demand for housing in our most economically productive regions far exceeds the production of new homes. With 3.8 million homes short of meeting housing needs, double the number from 2012, the nation is in an extreme state of Housing Underproduction™.

This report aims to deliver practical and tangible solutions to advocates and policymakers. By providing regionally relevant, annually replicable data that considers unique drivers of housing underproduction, advocates and policymakers can spot trends more easily and respond to them in ways that will improve lives, economies, and the planet.

“Our nation faces a severe housing affordability crisis that urgently requires investment in housing supply with an eye toward eliminating longstanding barriers to housing opportunity for underserved communities. Up for Growth’s new report, Housing Underproduction in the US, is a must-read for policymakers and advocates who seek to address this challenge effectively.”

– The Honorable Julián Castro, Former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (2014 – 2017)

Latest News


The New York Times: The Housing Shortage Isn’t Just a Coastal Crisis Anymore

An increasingly national problem has consequences for the quality of American family life, the economy and the future of housing politics.

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National Public Radio: There's a massive housing shortage across the U.S. Here's how bad it is where you live

"We're seeing a shortage, or housing underproduction, in all corners of the U.S.," says Mike Kingsella, the CEO of Up for Growth.

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Bloomberg: Housing Shortage Spreads Across US, Becoming Coast-to-Coast Crisis

New analysis shows deficits surging just before the pandemic, even in areas that had few supply challenges a decade ago.

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"The acute shortage of homes, both for rent and sale, is the main driver of today’s housing affordability crisis. Up for Growth’s report, Housing Underproduction in the U.S., is a major contribution to our understanding of the full dimensions of the mismatch between housing supply and demand. The report will be an invaluable resource to policymakers at all levels of government as they seek to help boost housing production and improve housing affordability."

– The Honorable Pamela Hughes Patenaude, Former United States Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (2017 – 2019)

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