Public support for affordable housing

affordable housing Opportunity AgendaOur friends at the Opportunity Agenda recently published this informative article about public attitudes toward affordable housing. The article reviews a wide range of surveys from several sources over the past few years. They summarize the survey data this way:

Despite negative experiences with the housing crisis, many Americans believe homeownership is an important part of the American Dream. While Americans are more confident in their ability to make housing-related payments, they also find obtaining a mortgage as difficult and costly. Recent data on falling home purchases and mortgage applications reflect these beliefs. Public opinion data also shows that Americans believe finding affordable housing is more difficult than ever. Affordable housing, an important way to invigorate communities and prevent poverty, is a top priority for minority groups and Millennials. However, the recession and the housing crisis have disproportionately affected these groups.

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