Housing Affordability Hearing
Nov 6, 2023 | 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM ET
National Press Club | Washington, DC
Affordable housing is generally defined as housing on which the occupant is paying no more than 30 percent of gross income for housing costs, including utilities. According to Pew Research Center, a rising share of Americans say the availability of affordable housing is a major problem in their local community. In October 2021, about half of Americans (49%) said this was a major problem where they live, up 10 percentage points from early 2018. In the same 2021 survey, 70% of Americans said young adults today have a harder time buying a home than their parents’ generation did.
During this hearing hosted by the NIBS Consultative Council, attendees will question the causes of and shape solutions to the housing affordability crisis in America. The hearing is open to the public with an option to attend virtually or in-person. NIBS will publish a report of hearing events and key findings in early 2024.
If you would like to submit any questions or comments ahead of the hearing, please email Jennifer Hitzke, Director, Governance & Special Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org with that information.
Robert Dietz, Ph.D.
Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Economics and Housing, NAHB
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
Chris Herbert, Ph.D.
Managing Director, Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
Founder and Advisor, Terner Center for Housing Innovation, UC Berkeley & The Housing Lab
Building America National Director, Building Technologies Office, Dept. of Energy
Yonah Freemark, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute
|Hearing Introduction||8:30 AM - 9:00 AM|
|Session 1: The State of Housing Affordability
with Robert Dietz, Ph.D., Solomon Greene, Chris Herbert
|9:00 AM - 11:00 AM|
|Break||11:00 AM - 11:20 AM|
|Session 2: Examining Solutions – Innovation & Best Practices
with Carol Galante, Eric Werling
|11:20 AM - 1:20 PM|
|Lunch||1:20 PM - 2:00 PM|
|Session 3: Examining Solutions – Means and Methods
with Yonah Freemark, Ivan Rupnik
|2:00 PM - 4:00 PM|
|Wrap-up||4:00 PM - 4:30 PM|
|Adjourn (Reception to follow)||4:30 PM|