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Effects of Low-Income Housing on Property Values


The effects of low-income, public, and subsidized housing on the values of surrounding properties, the challenge of NIMBY, and some possible resources people can use to educate community groups and local governments.


NAR Library & Archives has already done the research for you. References (formerly Field Guides) offer links to articles, eBooks, websites, statistics, and more to provide a comprehensive overview of perspectives. EBSCO articles (E) are available only to NAR members and require a password.

Housing Pulse Surveys

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Source: Housing Pulse Surveys (National Association of REALTORS®, 2017)

Impacts of Low-Income Housing on Neighboring Properties

Columbus Considers Tax Breaks to Spark Affordable Housing on Far East Side (WOSU Public Media, Jun. 19, 2019)

New Affordable Housing Bill Aims to Add 1.9M Units Nationwide (Curbed, Jun. 5, 2019)

Affordable Housing is Doable for Builders and Buyers, But Here’s the Problem (Forbes, Jun. 2, 2019)

Chicago Finds a Way to Improve Public Housing: Libraries (New York Times, May 15, 2019)

Attainable Housing: Challenges, Perceptions, and Solutions (Urban Land Institute, 2019)

Six Things You Might Not Know About Affordable Housing (Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Aug. 17, 2018)

3 Housing Myths, Debunked: Poverty, Property Values, and Gentrification (Chicago Tribune, Oct. 18, 2017)

Opposition to Public Ho​using (NIMBYism)

From Brooklyn to Ballantyne: The Story Behind Charlotte’s Affordable Housing Crisis (The Charlotte Observer, Jun. 17, 2019)

Separated by Design: How Some of Connecticut’s Wealthiest Towns Keep Affordable Housing Out (Hartford Courant, May 26, 2019)

Forget YIMBY vs. NIMBY. Could PHIMBYs Solve the Housing Crisis? (KQED News, Mar. 11, 2019)

How NIMBYs Made “Back Yard” Mean “Entire Neighborhood” (CityLab, Feb. 6, 2019)

Neighbors Sue Oak Park Over Affordable Housing Project (Wednesday Journal, Jan. 15, 2019)

“This Will Negatively Impact Home Values” - California Parents Oppose Plan to Build Affordable Housing for Teachers (MarketWatch, Oct. 8, 2018)


Housing Opportunity Program (National Association of REALTORS®) — NAR's Housing Opportunity Program helps REALTORS® become leaders in promoting home ownership at local, state and national levels

HUD User (U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development) — Numerous reports, articles, data sets, and other information on affordable housing from HUD's research department

National Low Income Housing Coalition — Includes numerous studies and reports on the state of affordable housing in the U.S., including the monthly NIMBY Report.

National Housing Conference — A national nonprofit affordable housing advocacy organization, featuring an Affordable Housing Clearinghouse, affordable housing publications and studies, and more

eBooks & Other Resources

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Member Support. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Member Support at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

The Effects of Subsidized Housing on Property Values: A Survey of Research (California Department of Housing & Community Development, 1988) HD 1387 C12e

Growth Management and Affordable Housing: Do They Conflict? (Brookings Institution Press, 2004) HT166 G74

Impacts of Social Housing: Final Report (Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation, Jan. 1994) HD 1387 C16

Low-Income Homeownership: Examining the Unexamined Goal (Brookings Institution Press, 2002) HD 7287 L68

Why Not in My Backyard? Neighborhood Impacts of Deconcentrating Assisted Housing (Rutgers University - Center for Urban Policy Research, 2003) HD 7293 W52w

Why Not in Our Community? Removing Barriers to Affordable Housing (HUD, 2005) HD7293 Un3wn

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