Housing Affordability Hearing
Nov 6, 2023 | 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM ET
National Press Club | Washington, DC
The National Institute of Building Sciences recently held a three-part public hearing, bringing together veteran building industry experts to discuss the state of housing affordability.
Affordable housing generally is defined as housing where the occupant pays no more than 30% 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.
NIBS will publish a report of hearing events and key findings in early 2024.
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
Senior Technical 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
Ivan Rupnik, Ph.D
Founding Partner, MOD X & Assoc. Professor, Northeastern University
Director of Strategic Partnerships of the Greater New York Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (GNY- LECET)