New IGS Research: Effect of Housing Production on Neighborhood Affordability
The ongoing crisis of housing affordability in California has deepened the divide between those who believe it can be resolved by expanding the supply of market-rate housing and those who believe that market-rate construction on its own will not meet the needs of low-income households, for whom more subsidized housing needs to be built or stabilized. This debate continues to preoccupy policymakers, developers, and advocates. The new IGS Research Brief "Housing Production, Filtering and Displacement: Untangling the Relationships," by Miriam Zuk and IGS affiliated faculty member Karen Chapple provides a nuanced analysis of the relationship between housing production, affordability, and displacement in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Although more detailed analysis is needed to clarify the complex relationship between development, affordability, and displacement at the local scale, this research implies the importance of not only increasing production of subsidized and market-rate housing in California’s coastal communities, but also investing in the preservation of housing affordability and stabilizing vulnerable communities.