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Solving the Housing Affordability Crisis

Explore how to address the housing affordability crisis through federal, state and local advocacy to reduce building costs, increase housing supply, and provide diverse housing choices. Learn more about NAHB's comprehensive solutions and strategies.

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Nearly Half of U.S. Households Can’t Afford a $250,000 Home

NAHB has updated its housing affordability graph for 2024, and the latest data show that 66.6 million households, 49% out of a total of 134.9 million, are unable to afford a $250,000 home.

What Americans Say About Housing Affordability

The majority of Americans agree with NAHB on key topics surrounding the housing affordability crisis, according to a recent survey conducted on behalf of NAHB by Morning Consult.

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Comprehensive Strategies and Insights for Affordable Housing Options

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NAHB’s Blueprint to Address the Housing Affordability Crisis

NAHB offers a 10-point plan that outlines initiatives that can be taken at the local, state and federal levels to increase the nation’s housing supply.

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Cost of Housing Index

This quarterly analysis of housing costs represents the portion of a typical family’s income needed to make a mortgage payment on a median-priced home.

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Creating Housing for All Toolkit

Everyone wants affordable housing that meets their unique needs. Implementing these housing development strategies can help make that happen.

Key Issues to Reduce Building Costs and Increase Housing Supply

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“Missing Middle” of Housing

Providing a range of housing types is key to increase the supply of housing at varying home prices.

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Rent Control

Rent control policies limit supply and do not address the underlying issues of housing affordability.

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Building Codes

Building codes ensure safe homes. But many codes proposed today are done so without regard to the cost to home buyers.