Brief Envisioning a National Preservation Strategy
Erika C. Poethig, Julia Stasch, Michael Stegman, Aaron Shroyer
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Addressing a national housing crisis—the mismatch between the supply and demand of rental homes for households with modest incomes—requires a comprehensive strategy to produce new affordable units, preserve existing inventory, and protect at-risk residents. Because more affordable units are lost than are produced, preservation must be a higher priority in this strategy. This essay proposes such a robust preservation strategy, including more resources, better tools, innovation, engagement of all relevant actors, and a nationwide network of local and state coordinating bodies dedicated to preserving the maximum number of affordable housing options. This essay is part of the Opportunity for All project.

Research Areas Wealth and financial well-being Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Race and equity Housing
Tags Federal urban policies Multifamily housing Housing affordability Wealth inequality Mobility Racial barriers to housing
Policy Centers Research to Action Lab