Join us Wednesday, November 4 from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. EDT
(11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. PDT) to learn more about a new report from the AARP Public Policy Institute, in collaboration with the National Housing Trust and Reconnecting America, Preserving Affordability and Access in Livable Communities
, and get answers to your questions from authors of the report.
- Hear about the report: The two-part event begins at 2:30 p.m. EDT (11:30 a.m. PDT) with a 30-minute conference call, where major findings from the report will be presented by authors Rodney Harrell, Allison Brooks, and Todd Nedwick. The call-in number is (712) 432-1001 and the access code is 498796833#.
Thank you to all who participated in this Live At the Forum event. Audio from the conference call portion of the event can be accessed here.
- Interact with the authors: Immediately following the call, from 3 - 4:30 p.m. EDT, authors of the report will be online to answer your questions. All questions for the authors should be posted to this thread, and you are welcome to post at any time leading up to or during the event. Questions will be answered on a first-come, first-served basis until time runs out, so post early to be sure yours is addressed.
About the Report
Preserving affordable housing near transit is one of the challenges that communities must address to increase livability and ensure adequate mobility options and access to supportive services for all people, regardless of age or physical ability. Because housing near transportation is desirable, property values tend to rise over time reducing the incentive for property owners to accept federal subsidies to keep housing affordable. This study analyzes the location of affordable housing in 20 metropolitan areas by mapping federally subsidized rental apartments within certain distances of transit. The study uses five areas as case studies—including site visits and interviews with residents 50 and older—to provide more information on the challenges and benefits of different locations of affordable housing.
While a substantial number of affordable apartments are located near public transit in these 20 metropolitan areas, more than two thirds of the federal subsidies that keep these apartments affordable will expire within the next five years. Among the report's conclusions are that subsidized housing near transit meets a crucial need for residents with few housing options; and that affordable housing must be both well served by quality public transit and within walkable distances of amenities and services to benefit older residents. The report contains policy recommendations for federal, state, and local policy makers to ensure that these areas provide affordable housing and transportation options in addition to a range of features that allow people to retain independence as they age.
to read the report and related policy brief, or click here
to access resources from a related event, "Getting it Right: Smart Housing and Transportation Planning for Livable Communities," including a webcast of the event and related fact sheets.