The United States faces a serious housing affordability crisis, and few places have succeeded in implementing policy changes at the scale needed to effectively address this crisis.

The research papers and case studies presented below were commissioned through the Lincoln Institute's Request for Proposals on Overcoming Barriers to Housing Affordability, developed to better understand the barriers to implementing housing strategies at the necessary scale in the United States, and specific strategies to overcome those barriers.

The papers focus on a diverse set of topics:

  • Accessory dwelling units as a pathway to creating more housing in single-family neighborhoods, with case studies of Minneapolis, Portland (OR), and Seattle
  • The approval process for multi-family housing in Massachusetts, including the logic behind this complicated system and options for reform
  • Principles to build political coalitions that can effectively advance housing policies that promote affordability, with case studies of New York City, Virginia, and Washington (DC)
  • Lessons from zoning reform in Oregon
  • The impact of France’s fair-share SRU law and how a similar law could work in the United States
  • Lessons from Colorado’s effort to expand production of modular housing units