Additional Resources

Affordable Comfort

  • Affordable Comfort, Inc.
    Affordable Comfort, Inc. (ACI) is a non-profit organziation aiming to advance the performance of residential buildings through unbiased education.
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  • Building America
    Building America is a private/public partnership sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that conducts research to find energy-efficient solutions for new and existing housing that can be implemented on a production basis.
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  • Partnership for Advancing Housing Technology (PATH)
    PATH is a public/private partnerhip dedicated to accelerating the development and use of technologies that radically improve the quality, durability, energy efficiency, environmental performance, and affordability of America’s housing.
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Affordable Housing Related Organizations

  • Affordable Housing Development Competition Introduction
    This site provides information on an Affordable Housing Development competition under the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston.
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  • Affordable Housing Institute
    Provides sustainable improvements in local housing finance ecosystems by working with governments, parastatals, NGO’s, and stakeholders to design, develop, pilot and improve housing finance policies and programs.
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  • Affordable Residential Communities (American Residential Communities)
    An affordable housing business that aims to create a real sense of community in manufactured home communities across the United States.
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  • Asian Neighborhood Design
    Created by a California non-profit organization, this site focuses on architecture and community planning, employment training, and family and youth services to low-income multicultural communities throughout the Bay Area.
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  • Center for Architecture and Building Science Research
    Created by the New Jersey Institute of Technology, this site provides affordable housing design, community development and evaluation research.
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  • Center for Housing Policy
    The Center, a research affiliate of the National Housing Conference, provides education and research on America’s affordable housing challenges and examines the impact of policies and programs developed to address these needs.
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  • HomeSafe
    This site provides information on transitional housing and support services for battered women and their children.
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  • Institute for Community Economics
    This site provides valuable information about affordable housing and community economic development issues.
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  • Living Cities
    Living Cities is an innovative philanthropic collaborative of 22 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions focused on improving the lives of low-income people and the urban areas in which they live.
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  • Minimum Cost Housing Group
    The Minimum Cost Housing Group of the McGill University School of Architecture is an educational and research unit that focuses attention on the human settlement problems of poor nations.
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  • National Housing Conference
    The Center for Housing Policy is the research affiliate of the National Housing Conference. The Center works to broaden the understanding of America’s affordable housing challenges and examines the impact of the developed policies and programs.
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  • National Housing Trust
    This is a national nonprofit engaged in housing preservation through real estate development, lending, and public policy initiatives.
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  • National Low Income Housing Coalition
    This organization is solely dedicated to ending America’s affordable housing crisis, with an advocacy focus on those with the most serious housing problems.
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  • Neighborhood Works America-LINKS
    Provided by a national nonprofit organization, the following links to organizational and governmental sites represent various aspects of the affordable housing and community revitalization field.
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  • NeighborWorks Net
    A national nonprofit organization created by Congress to provide financial support, technical assistance, and training for community-based revitalization efforts.
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Arizona-Related Practices, Policies, and Resources

  • Arizona Department of Housing
    Provides affordable housing information as well as resources for communities in Arizona.
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  • Arizona Housing Alliance
    Arizona Housing Alliance is a statewide housing organization that supports and advocates for quality housing that Arizonans can afford.
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  • Children’s Action Alliance-Fact Sheets
    Provide detailed information about the well-being of young children in Arizona and one-page summaries of some of the issues affecting them and their families.
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  • Elliot Pollack and Company
    A real estate and economic consulting firm that provides consultation on all aspects of the Arizona economy with specialization in the real estate market.
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  • Phoenix LISC
    Helps resident-led, community-based development organizations transform distressed communities and neighborhoods into healthy ones.
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Best Practices & Case Studies in Affordable/Workforce Housing

  • Architecture for Humanity 
    This site provides many different links to outside building and community development design.
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  • California State Best Housing Projects
    State of California’s Housing and Community Development site highlights the State’s best housing projects encompassing rehabilitation, new designs, materials or methods of construction, resulting in exceptional value or affordability.
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  • Center for Innovation in Affordable Housing Design
    This center provides affordable housing design research, outreach on housing design and the community planning process, and construction in Mantua-West Powelton neighborhood in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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  • Design Advisor
    A tool, resource, idea bank and step-by step guide to Design in affordable housing provided by USHUD.
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  • Design Matters
    Provided by the City Design Center at the University of Illinois-Chicago, this site provides a catalog of affordable housing located throughout the U. S.
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  • Policy Link-Affordable Housing
    Provided by Policy Link, this site describes the term “affordable housing” and explains the many issues defining it.
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Cohousing

  • The Cohousing Association of the United States
    This association combines the advantages of private homes with the benefits of more sustainable living, including shared common facilities and ongoing connections with neighbors.
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  • The Elder Cohousing Network
    This site provides a national database of individuals, businesses and organizations wanting to create and/or live in an age-targeted cohousing neighborhood.
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Community Research and Measurements

  • Aspen Institute
    The Aspen Institute, a non-partisan think-tank that provides measures for community research.
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  • Catalog of Administrative Data Sources for Neighborhood Indicators
    Prepared by Claudia J. Coulton (2008) for the Urban Institute, the monograph is a catalog that describes 42 data sources and gives examples of the types of neighborhood indicators that can be constructed from each.
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  • Genuine Progress Indicator-Maryland
    The Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI), an alternative to the gross domestic product (GDP), enables policymakers at the national, state, regional, or local level to measure how well their citizens are doing both economically and socially.
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  • Institute of Community Economics (ICE)
    Through technical assistance, financial support, and advocacy, ICE builds the capacity of a national network of community land trusts (CLTs) and other locally controlled organizations for permanently affordable housing and community economic development.
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  • National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership
    A collaborative effort by the Urban Institute and local partners to further the development and use of neighborhood-level information systems in local policymaking and community building.
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  • Prevention Institute
    Focuses on complex health and social issues in fields such as injury and violence prevention, traffic safety, health disparities, nutrition and physical activity, and youth development.
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  • Research to Develop a Community Needs Index
    This research provides a foundation for future analysis of community needs by testing the feasibility of relying on the American Community Survey (ACS) and devising a methodology to compare conditions in communities over time.
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  • Sustainable Measures
    Sustainable Measures is a private consulting firm dedicated to promoting sustainable communities, primarily through the development, understanding and use of effective indicators and systems for measuring progress.
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  • The Asset-Based Community Development Institute
    Established by the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. Challenges the traditional approach to solving urban problems and instead focuses on community assets in sustainable community revitalization.
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Compact Development & Residential Density

  • Measuring Density: Working Definitions for Residential Density and Building Intensity
    From: Design Center for American Urban Landscape, Design Brief, Number 8 / July 2003. This design brief outlines a number of general considerations in measuring density and then proposes twenty measures that quantify different aspects of place.
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  • This View of Density
    This interactive site, developed by Sierra Club, shows how neighborhood density impacts the environment (land, materials, energy and driving) by comparing San Francisco neighborhoods.
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  • Vancouver’s EcoDensity Initiative
    To face its housing challenges, Vancouver developed a new initiative called EcoDensity. The site provides information and a primer booklet that depicts specific efforts to build communities that are green, livable and affordable in the city.
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Databases and Resource Clearinghouses

  • ArchNewsNow
    This site provides national and international news, projects, products, and events in the world of architecture and design.
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  • Berkley-Universal Design Library
    This is a selected list of resources in the UC Berkeley libraries and on the Web prepared for the students and faculty at the University of California, Berkeley.
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  • BUBL Link
    Provided by BUBL, this site provides a catalogue of Internet architecture resources using the Dewey Decimal Classification System.
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  • Building Energy Codes Research Program
    U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Energy Codes Program is an information resource on national model energy codes.
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  • BuildingGreen.com
    Building Green offers print and electronic resources to help design and build construction projects from a whole-systems perspective and take an integrated design approach that minimizes ecological impact and maximizes economic performance.
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  • Cyburbia Resource Directory: Housing
    This part of Cyburbia provides Internet resources relevant to affordable housing, alternative building materials, cohousing, government agencies and housing research.
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  • Data Sets-HUD USER- Policy Development and Research Information
    This site contains a wealth of information that can be used by professionals in nearly every field for planning, decision making, market research, or various kinds of program development.
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  • Enterprise Resource Database
    This website provides hands-on, how-to documents and in-depth expertise on a variety of topics, such as affordable housing, community building, housing finance, preservation, and supportive housing.
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  • HCD Bibliographies (California Housing and Community Development Department)
    This site provides links to electronic bibliographies on selected housing and land use research topics, compiling best practices and current research.
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  • Housing Information Gateway (University of Colorado-Boulder/Housing Information Center)
    This site provides information on and links to housing resources on the Internet. This site is an “elaboration” of the Encyclopedia of Housing.
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  • HousingEconomics.com
    HousingEconomics.com, the online economics information resource, provides the latest housing forecasts, market trends, in-depth economic analysis and archival data relating to the housing industry.
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  • HousingPolicy.org Glossary
    HousingPolicy.org has an integrated Glossary to explain unfamiliar or complex terms related to affordable/workforce housing policies.
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  • HousingPolicy.org: Online Guide to State and Local Housing Policy
    HousingPolicy.org is a resource developed by the Center for Housing Policy to provide information on successful policies that states and localities have adopted to expand the availability of homes for working families.
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  • HUD User
    This site provides housing policy development and research information service which includes over 1,000 publications and data sets.
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  • InformeDesign
    This is a research and communication tool by University of Minnesota for designers including research summaries that are added weekly.
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  • Institute for Local Government Housing Resource Center: Inclusionary Housing Web Resources
    As the joint effort of the League of California Cities and its nonprofit research affiliate, the Institute for Local Government, this site offers helpful resources available to local officials in terms of understanding housing policy options and issues.
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  • Internet links for Housing (National Low Income Housing Coalition)
    This site provides links to government sites, and national policy and advocacy organizations within the US.
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  • KnowledgePlex (Fannie Mae Foudation)
    This site provides affordable housing and community development research aimed at professionals and contains information associated with the development, finance, management, and preservation of affordable housing.
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  • NeighborWorks Alerts
    This is a monthly e-newsletter in the field of community development, including up-dates on policy issues, news from organizations in the NeighborWorks network, funding opportunities, and training events.
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  • Planetizen
    This is a public-interest information exchange provided by Urban Insight for the urban planning, design, and development community.
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  • PolicyMap
    Produced by the Reinvestment Fund (TRF), a national leader in the financing of neighborhood revitalization, PolicyMap provides geographic data in the form of maps, tables and reports.
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  • Regulatory Barriers Clearinghouse
    Provided by HUD user, this site provides information on affordable housing state and local regulatory barriers and possible solutions to those barriers.
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  • Research Design Connections
    Research Design Connections is a knowledge tool that comprehensively covers new research and practitioner best practices.
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  • SustainLane.com
    SustainLane.com is an online guide to sustainable living. It provides a directory of local, green-friendly businesses with over 20,000 small business listings, a wide range of how-tos, news, and local business and product reviews for sustainable living.
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  • ToolBase Services
    ToolBase Resources combines product descriptions, design & construction guides, best practices, performance reports, case studies, and other resources in way that builders and remodelers will find useful.
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  • University of California Berkeley Environmental Design Library
    This site is a selective bibliographic research guide to the UC Berkeley library and Internet social housing literature, both American and international. Included are basic research tools, historical sources, and strategies for finding needed materials.
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Green & Environmentally Sustainable Housing Practices

  • Building and Social Housing Foundation
    Provided by an independent research organization, this site, promotes sustainable development and innovation in housing through collaborative research and knowledge transfer.
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  • Enterprise Community Partners
    This is a national nonprofit in the community development and affordable housing, providing funding and expertise in these fields.
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  • Enterprise Foundation-Green
    This section of the Enterprise foundation site provides Green and Healthy Affordable housing resources.
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  • Green Home Guide
    The Green Home Guide by US Green Building Council provides resources in the form of project profiles, videos, slideshows, interactive tools, links, etc. on green design and products.
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  • Housing Reports
    Provided on the Smart Growth site, they provide numerous reports on housing by various sources.
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  • National Association of Home Builders Research Center-Green links
    This site provides “green” information in the form of building guidelines, building programs, and books and resources.
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  • Smart House Designs
    The Living Smart house plan program is a pilot program intended to be an incentive to easily build well designed houses on narrow lots in the City of Portland.
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  • Sustainable Communities Network
    Sustainable Communities Network links citizens to sustainable housing resources.
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  • The Energy Yardstick: Using PLACE3S to Create More Sustainable Communities
    Produced for the Center for Excellence for Sustainable Development and the EERE, this document lays out a process for measuring the energy efficiency and sustainability of various community development approaches.
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Healthy Housing & Communities

  • Active Housing
    Active Housing takes research-based programs, introducing them into community settings, providing structured social marketing support and conducting independent evaluation to measure effectiveness.
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  • Active Living by Design
    This program establishes innovative approaches to increase physical activity through community design, public policies and communications strategies.
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  • Active Living Research
    A national program of the Robert Woods Foundation that identifies environmental factors and policies that influence physical activity.
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  • Alliance for Healthy Homes
    Alliance for Healthy Homes is a nonprofit organization working to prevent and eliminate hazards in our homes that can harm children, families, and other residents. These hazards include lead, mold, carbon monoxide, radon, pests, and pesticides.
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  • Building Healthy Communities 101
    A primer on growth and housing development for Los Angeles neighborhoods
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  • Healthy Building Network
    A national network of green building professionals, environmental and health activists, socially responsible investment advocates and others interested in promoting healthier building materials
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  • National Blueprint
    Focuses on increasing physical activity among adults age 50 and older.
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  • National Center for Healthy Housing
    A nonprofit organization founded in 1992 to bring the public health, housing, and environmental communities together to combat the nation’s epidemic of childhood lead poisoning.
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Housing Cooperatives & Limited/Shared Equity Models

  • Amalgamated Housing Cooperatives
    The oldest limited equity housing cooperative in the United States that provides affordable housing and a strong community for 1,500 moderate-income families.
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  • Limited Equity Housing Cooperatives
    This site provides technical assistance resources for residents interested in ownership building sharing.
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  • National Association of Housing Cooperatives
    This is a nonprofit national cooperative housing organization to represent, inform, perpetuate, serve and inspire the nation’s housing cooperatives.
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  • Policy Link
    Provided by a national research and action institute, this site describes the “Limited Equity Housing Cooperatives” program which provides various types of cooperative housing and various levels of density.
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  • University of Wisconsin’s Center for Cooperatives
    The Center provides links to publications, programs and conferences, provided by the University of Wisconsin.
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Housing for Seniors & Multigenerational Housing

  • AARP Housing Choices
    Provided by AARP, this site describes the different affordable housing choices available to older adults (assisted living, nursing homes, and various other apartments etc.)
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  • Campus Continuum Residences for Life-Long Learners
    This organization focuses on developing, marketing, and operating university-branded 55+ Active Adult Communities integrated with their academic hosts.
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  • Dementia Design Info
    This website was created to help designers, providers, and others interested in creating supportive shared residential care settings for people with dementia. It provides extensive literature review, practical information and a few case studies.
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  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
    A program of the Beatitudes Center D.O.A.R. offers support and assistance to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.
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  • The GrandFamilies House
    A 27-unit building that incorporates spaces and services that support an increasing phenomenon across the country — grandparents raising their grandchildren.
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Housing-Relevant Journals, Magazines & Newsletters

  • Archnet-IJAR, International Journal of Architectural Research
    This journal is published and archived by Archnet, an online community for architects, planners, urban designers, interior designers, landscape architects, and scholars working in these fields. (2007-Present). Full text PDF.
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  • Berkeley Planning Journal
    An annual peer-reviewed journal published by graduate students in the Department of City and Regional Planning (DCRP) at the University of California, Berkeley since 1985. Table of contents only (1985-Present)
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  • BRE Good Building Guide
    This is an easy one-stop access to the information providers in the built environment sector. Search engine only (for books)
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  • Builder-National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
    A magazine provided by the National Association of Home Builders, the voice of America’s housing industry. Full Text (HTML) (2001- Present)
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  • Building Research and Information
    An international refereed journal publishing articles of well-detailed research and of significance to the international community. Table of Contents and list of themed issues (1997-Present) Free online access for the latest issue
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  • Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning
    It provides an international platform for the exchange of ideas and information between urban planners and policy makers from government, non-government organizations, academia and consultancy. Table of contents Full text PDF (1983-Present)
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  • Environment and Behavior
    This journal analyzes and records the influence of environment on individuals, groups and institutions. Table of contents Full text PDF (1999-Present)
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  • Environmental Building News
    This is a monthly newsletter published since 1992 featuring comprehensive, practical information related to sustainable design in the built environment. Table of contents Purchase on-line for ($199/year or $12.95/week) through The BuildingGreen Suite.
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  • Environmental Design + Construction
    This magazine covers the rapidly growing green building industry. Full text (HTML) (2000-Present)
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  • Environmental Planning A
    This is an interdisciplinary journal of urban and regional research. Table of contents (1969-Present) Full text (PDF) (2000-Present)
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  • Environmental Planning B: Planning and Design
    This is an interdisciplinary journal that focuses on urban planning and design. Table of contents Full text (PDF) (2000-Present)
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  • Environmental Planning C: Government and Policy
    This is an interdisciplinary journal that focuses on government and policy with an international perspective. Table of contents Full text (PDF) (2001-Present)
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  • Environmental Planning D: Society and Space
    This is an interdisciplinary journal that focuses on the relations between society and space. Table of contents Full text (PDF) (2001-Present)
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  • European Journal of Housing Policy
    This journal focuses on housing policy, systems and practice in Europe from a social science perspective. Table of contents with abstract (2001-Present)
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  • Habitat Debate
    This is an international journal provided through the United Nations Human Settlements Program: UN-HABITAT. List of themed issues Full text (HTML) (1997-Present)
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  • Harvard Design Magazine
    This magazine provides a forum for thoughtful and articulate practitioners, journalists, and academics, primarily from architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design and planning. List of themed issues Full text (PDF and HTML) (2001-Present)
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  • Home Cultures
    This new interdisciplinary journal, first published in March 2004, is the first forum wholly dedicated to the critical understanding of the domestic sphere across timeframes and cultures. Table of contents (2004-Present)
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  • Housing and Society- Housing Education and Research Association (HERA)
    This journal supports the mission of Housing Education and Research Association by providing for the dissemination of housing research and other scholarly work. Issues with abstracts (PDF) (2003-Present)
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  • Housing Studies
    This international journal focuses on the theoretical and analytical developments within the housing field. Table of contents and abstracts (1996-Present)
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  • Housing Theory and Society
    This journal focuses on the application and development of social theory in the housing field. Table of contents and abstracts (1997-2005) (earlier ones no abstracts)
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  • Journal of American Planning Association (JAPA)
    This journal focuses on current research, commentaries, and reviews on planning and urban development. Table of contents with partial abstracts (1988-Present) Full text (PDF) for selected articles with single, monthly pass (1935-Present)
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  • Journal of Architectural and Planning Research
    This international interdisciplinary journal focuses on architecture, design, and planning. Table of contents and sample articles (PDF) (2001-2006)
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  • Journal of Architectural Education (JAE)
    This journal, from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, focuses on the teaching of architecture. Table of contents (2003) Full text available through Blackwell publishing, $58/year
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  • Journal of Architecture
    It is an international peer-reviewed journal committed to advancing theory, research and practice for design in the built environment. Table of contents and abstracts (1996-Present)
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  • Journal of Construction Engineering and Management
    This journal publishes papers that aim to advance the science of construction engineering, and further education and research in construction engineering and management. Search engine with issues Full text (PDF) (March/April 1990-Present)
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  • Journal of Housing and Community Development- National Assoc. of Housing and Redevelopment Officials
    This journal focuses on housing and community development. Current feature articles and description
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  • Journal of Housing for the Elderly
    This journal is for gerontological professionals of architecture, housing, urban planning, and public policy responsible for the residential environments of the elderly. Table of contents and abstract Full text (PDF) 60.00/year with subscription
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  • Journal of Planning Education and Research
    The journal covers planning theory, pedagogy, and practice in addition to urban geography, welfare economics, and policy analysis. Table of contents and abstract (current issue) Search engine (2000-Present) Full text (PDF) (2000-Present)
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  • Metropolis Magazine
    Metropolis examines contemporary life through design–architecture, interior design, product design, graphic design, crafts, planning, and preservation.
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  • Places
    This is an internationally-circulated journal that incorporates writings from a variety of fields in design, the arts and social sciences. Full text (PDF) (1983-2006)
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  • Real Estate Journal.com
    The Wall Street Journal’s guide to property.
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  • Shelterforce- National Housing Institute (NHI)
    The nation’s oldest continually-published housing and community development magazine for organizers, activists and advocates in the affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization movements. Search engine with issues Full text (HTML) (1994-Present)
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  • Urban Morphology: Journal of the International Seminar on Urban Form
    This journal, by the International Seminar on Urban Form, seeks to advance research and practice in fields concerned with the built environment. Table of contents (1997-Present) Full text (PDF)
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New Urbanism

  • Congress for the New Urbanism
    Chicago-based non-profit organization that works with architects, developers, planners, and others involved in the creation of cities and towns, teaching them how to implement the principles of the New Urbanism.
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  • Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company
    Private company completed designs for over 250 new and existing communities with a major influence on the practice and direction of urban planning in the United States.
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  • Urban Design Associates
    This company prepared community design and architectural guidelines for residential development in a mixed-income community, “Celebration.”
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Professional & Academic Organizations Involved in Housing, Architecture, and Planning

  • American Institute of Architects
    This organization represents the professional interests of the American architectural profession and a resource for its members in service to society.
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  • American Planning Association
    This is a nonprofit public interest and research organization provides information on urban, suburban, regional and rural planning to practice planners, citizens and elected officials.
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  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
    Being America’s oldest national engineering society, this organization represents more than 120,000 civil engineers worldwide.
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  • Architectural Research Centers Consortium, Inc. (ARCC)
    This is an international consortium of architectural research centers committed to the expansion of research culture and infrastructure in architecture and related design disciplines.
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  • Architecture Research Institute
    Architecture Research Institute promotes cross-disciplinary research in design and urban planning that informs public policies and strategies that create livable, compact, global cities that are eco-sustainable, walkable and less automobile dependent.
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  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
    The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture is a membership association to advance the quality of architectural education.
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  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning
    The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) is a consortium of university-based programs offering credentials in urban and regional planning.
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  • Building and Social Housing Foundation
    The Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF) is an independent UK-based research organization that promotes sustainable development and innovation in housing through collaborative research and knowledge transfer.
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  • Building Research Council
    This council seeks answers to many critical questions that would affect the quality of the nation’s housing stock.
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  • CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) Publications
    The U.K. government’s advices on architecture, urban design and public space that offers expert advice, research and debate.
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  • Cambridge Architectural Research Limited
    An independent consulting company provides advice and research for construction industry, design professions and policy-making institutions
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  • Community Associations Institute
    This is a national organization whose members include community association volunteer leaders, professional managers, community management firms, and other professionals and companies that provide products and services to associations.
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  • Environmental Design Research Association
    This is an international, interdisciplinary organization for the advancement and dissemination of environmental design research.
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  • Housing Education and Research Association
    The organization is a major forum for professional dialogue among educators, researchers, and policy makers in the field of housing.
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  • Intentional Communities
    Provided by the Fellowship for Intentional Community, this site includes resources for finding cooperative living communities and links to ecovillages, cohousing, communes, urban housing cooperatives, etc.
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  • International Association for People-Environment Studies
    This charity organization works to facilitate communication on the relationships between people and their physical environment which provides a bulletin, conferences and information to its members.
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  • LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) e-Newsletter
    LISC provides capital, expertise, training and information to community-based organizations for the development of local leadership, affordable housing, commercial, industrial and community facilities, businesses and jobs.
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  • Manufactured Housing Research Alliance (MHRA)
    MHRA is a non-profit organization with the mission of developing new technologies to enhance the value, quality, and performance of the nation’s factory built homes.
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  • National Architectural Accrediting Board Inc.
    The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) is the sole agency authorized to accredit US professional degree programs in architecture. Lists accredited architecture programs.
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  • National Association of Home Builders
    This is a trade association that helps promote the policies that make housing a national priority for members, housing industry and public at large.
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  • National Association of Home Builders Research Center
    This site provides affordable housing research, development research and interactive reports intended for the liaisons between builders and manufacturers, design professionals and housing research, and government and industry.
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  • National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials
    This organization is a housing and community development advocate for the provision of adequate and affordable housing and strong, viable communities for all Americans. Their members administer HUD Programs (Public Housing, Section 8, CDBG and HOME).
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  • National Housing Institute
    An independent nonprofit organization that examines the issues causing crises in housing and community in America specific areas include housing, jobs, safety, and education.
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  • National Low Income Housing Coalition
    This organization focuses their advocacy on those with the most serious housing problems, the lowest income households with the aim of ending affordable housing crisis of the US.
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  • National Multi Housing Council
    The Washington, DC-based National Council is and advocate and strategic consultant for the apartment industry.
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  • New Ecology Inc.
    New Ecology, Inc. was founded in 1999 to spearhead sustainable development in distressed urban communities in New England. This organization joins environmental quality with economic development in urban communities.
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  • New England Public Policy Center (NEPPC)
    The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s New England Public Policy Center conducts research, provides resources and disseminates information on economic and public policy issues that affect the region.
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  • New Village Institute (NVI)
    Based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, the New Village Institute (NVI) is a nonprofit research and educational organization established in 2006 to cultivate sustainable community, livelihood, technology and culture.
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  • Planners Network
    This is an association of professionals, activists, academics, and students involved in physical, social, economic, and environmental planning in urban and rural areas.
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  • Project for Public Spaces
    A nonprofit organization focused on creating and sustaining public places that build communities.
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  • Toolbase Services: The Home Building Industry’s Technical Information Resources
    The housing industry’s resource for technical information on building products, materials, new technologies, business management, and housing systems.
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  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
    HUD is the Federal agency responsible for national policy and programs that address America’s housing needs, and enforce fair housing laws.
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  • Urban Affairs Association
    An international professional organization for urban scholars, researchers, and public service providers that provides information about urbanism and urbanization.
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  • Urban Institute Home
    This site provides economic and social policy research through a nonpartisan research organization.
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  • Urban Land Institute
    A nonprofit research and education organization that provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.
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Smart Growth & Livable Communities

  • Center for Communities by Design
    Provided by the American Institute of Architects, this site provides livability issue links through their Center for Communities by Design.
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  • Center for Community Change-Issues: Housing and Communities
    The purpose of this center is to help establish and develop community organizations across the country, “bring attention to major national issues related to poverty,” and “help insure that government programs are responsive to community needs.”
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  • Complete Streets Coalition
    The National Complete Streets Coalition seeks to fundamentally transform the look, feel and function of the roads and streets to enable safe access for all users, by changing the way most roads are planned, designed, and constructed.
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  • Georgia Quality Growth Partnership (GQGP)
    GQGP is a collaboration among diverse public and private entities that seeks to provide local governments and citizens with the tools and knowledge to transform the way high quality Georgia communities are defined, created, and sustained.
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  • LEED for Neighborhood Development
    Rating system that integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism, and green building into the first national standard for neighborhood design.
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  • Livable Communities Coalition
    The Coalition promotes quality growth in Atlanta by implementing quality growth plans in communities around the metro area, promoting public policy that supports quality growth, and by educating and communicating the benefits of quality growth.
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  • LivCom Awards-The International Awards for Livable Communities
    LivCom is the world’s only Awards Competition focusing on Best Practice regarding the management of the local environment with the objective to improve the quality of life of individual citizens through the creation of ‘livable communities’.
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  • National Center for Bicycling & Walking
    The National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) is the major program of the Bicycle Federation of America, Inc. (BFA) whose mission is to create bicycle-friendly and walkable communities.
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  • National Center for Safe Routes to School’s Walkability Checklist
    This website provides a checklist to rate your neighborhood’s walkability.
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  • New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy, and Livable Communities
    This conference focuses on interdependence; that is all of us are affected the environments in which we live, work, learn, shop and play – and all of us have a role to play in shaping those environments.
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  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
    Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center attempts to improve the quality of life in communities through the increase of safe walking and bicycling as a viable means of transportation and physical activity.
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  • Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System
    The Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System provides practitioners with the latest information available for improving the safety and mobility of those who walk.
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  • PLACEMATTERS
    This is a living laboratory where a national network of creative practitioners come together to learn, share, inspire and seed innovation in place, collectively elevating the art and science of planning for vibrant and sustainable communities.
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  • Smart City Radio
    A weekly, hour-long public radio talk show that takes an in-depth look at urban life, the people, places, ideas and trends shaping cities.
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  • Smart Growth America
    A coalition of the best-known national, state and local organizations advocating on behalf of historic preservation, the environment, farmland and open space preservation, neighborhood revitalization and more.
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  • Smart Growth Online
    This site provides many resource areas (bibliographies, documents, etc.) as well as specific topics of smart growth are organized into issue areas that each contains overviews and on-line resources.
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  • Sustainable Measures
    Sustainable Measures is a private consulting firm dedicated to promoting sustainable communities, primarily through the development, understanding and use of effective indicators and systems for measuring progress.
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  • The Next American City
    Non-profit organization addresses the changes of American cities through a quarterly magazine, events across the country, and op-eds in major newspapers, promotes socially and environmentally sustainable economic growth.
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  • Walk Wise, Drive Smart
    Walk Wise, Drive Smart is a community-based pedestrian safety program working to build community support for and awareness of senior-pedestrian safety issues.
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Statistical Information & Resources

  • American housing survey for the United States 1985-2005
    This site provides data on the current American Housing Survey reports.
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  • Dataplace
    An online one-stop resource serving affordable housing and community development professionals providing demographic data about your community, your region, and the nation.
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  • Economic & Housing Data
    In this site, National Association of Home Builders provides in-depth economic analyses of the home building industry based on private and government data.
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  • Housing + Transportation Affordability Index
    Developed by CNT and CTOD, this tool measures the true affordability of housing. It takes into account not just the cost of housing, but also the intrinsic value of place, as quantified through transportation costs.
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  • Housing Topics
    Provided by U.S. Bureau of the Census, this site is a major resource for housing data.
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  • Statistical Resources on the web: demographics and housing
    Provided by University of Michigan-Documents Center, this is a source of U.S. and international housing statistics.
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  • U.S. Census Bureau-Daytime Population and Employment
    The concept of the daytime population refers to the number of people who are present in an area during normal business hours, including workers. Information is in Excel and CSV format.
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  • U.S. Housing Market Conditions
    Published quarterly, this periodical is a compilation of statistical data and written reports.
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Supportive Housing

  • Beyond Shelter
    Provides services linked to housing to address the long-term needs of families and individuals caught in a cycle of chronic poverty.
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  • Corporation for Supportive Housing
    Provides loans and grants to supportive housing sponsors, by strengthening the supportive housing industry, and by reforms public policy to make it easier to create and operate supportive housing.
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Universal Design and Fair Housing Design

  • Access Board
    This is an independent Federal agency which provides technical assistance and information on ADA and other access-related legislation.
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  • Adaptive Environments
    This non-profit organization provides education programs, technical assistance, training, consultation, publications, and design advocacy to promote access and universal design.
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  • American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Resource Service Group
    AARP provides free publications for housing and consumer education of older people.
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  • Center for Inclusive design & Environmental Access (IDEA)
    IDEA provides resources and technical expertise in architecture, product design, facilities management, and the social and behavioral sciences to further Universal Design practice.
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  • Center for Universal Design
    This is a national information, technical assistance, and research center that evaluates, develops, and promotes accessible and universal design in housing, commercial and public facilities, outdoor environments, and products.
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  • Disability.gov: Accessible & Affordable Housing Options
    This section of Disability.gov has information about housing rights, tax credits, making a home accessible, and supportive housing services that can help people with disabilities live independent, self-directed lives.
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  • Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities: Barriers at Every Step (June 2005)
    Prepared by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, this 123-page report aims to advance the state-of-the-art in testing to measure discrimination against persons with disabilities, for both research and enforcement purposes.
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  • European Design for all e-Accessibility Network
    This site is a resource tool for universal design in Europe.
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  • Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST
    Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST is an initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) designed to promote compliance with the Fair Housing Act design and construction requirements.
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  • Fair Housing Design Manual-HUD
    Provides clear and helpful guidance about ways to design and construct housing which complies with the Fair Housing Act.
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  • Homemods.org
    Initiated by the National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification, this website provides assistance and resources to help adapt home environments to make tasks easier, reduce accidents, and support independent living.
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  • International Code Council: Fair Housing
    The International Code Council, a membership association, provides resources for gaining a better understanding of and complying with the Fair Housing Act (FHA) accessibility requirements.
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  • MIG Communications
    MIG offers reference and curricular materials to create environments and organizations in support of human development.
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  • National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification
    The Center offers practical strategies and materials to make supportive housing and home modification a more integral component of successful aging, long-term care, preventive health, and the development of elder-friendly communities.
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  • Specific Design-related Information at Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST
    This site provides resources for accessibility and universal design principles and guidelines for housing design and construction.
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  • Trace Research and Development Center
    Being a part of College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Trace is working on making standard information technologies and telecommunication systems more accessible.
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  • Universal Designers and Consultants (UD & C)
    UD &C provides publications and consulting services about accessible design, compliance with the ADA, and universal design.
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  • Welcome H.O.M.E.
    House of Modification Examples is located 30 miles north of Milwaukee, WI. Provides information on improving the quality of life for persons living with physical disabilities through design + build.
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University Centers for Housing Design, Policy and Research

  • Brookings Institution
    The Brookings Institution is a private nonprofit organization of independent research and innovative policy solutions.
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  • Center for Housing Research and Policy (CHRP)
    CHRP develops and maintains a database of housing related information, provide reports and analyses of significant housing trends and issues, undertake and support research contributing to the field of urban studies and the solution of housing problems.
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  • Center for Urban and Regional Policy (CURP)
    The Center acts a place where faculty, staff, and students pool their expertise, resources, and commitment to address a wide range of issues facing cities, towns, and suburbs with particular emphasis on the Greater Boston region.
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  • Center for Urban Policy Research (CUPR)
    CUPR conducts basic and applied research on a broad spectrum of public policy issues, such as affordable housing, land use policy, environmental impact analysis, etc.
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  • Centre for Urban & Community Studies
    The Centre for Urban and Community Studies (CUCS) at University of Toronto promotes and disseminates multidisciplinary research and policy analysis on urban issues.
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  • City Design Center
    This is a multi-disciplinary research, education, and service program in the College of Architecture and the Arts at the University of Illinois-Chicago. The Center’s mission is the study and practice of design in the public interest.
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  • Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy
    The Furman Center is the leading academic research center in New York City devoted to the public policy aspects of real estate, land use and housing development.
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  • Housing & Demographics Research Center
    This Center provides housing and demographic information related to the State of Georgia.
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  • Housing Education and Research Center (HERC)
    HERC is a partnership between the Michigan Association of Home Builders (MAHB) and the Construction Management (CM) program at Michigan State University, primarily functioning as an adjunct research, education and training arm of the MAHB.
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  • Institute for Policy Research (IPR)
    IPR is an interdisciplinary public policy research institute at Northwestern University whose mission is to stimulate and support social science research on significant public policy issues and to disseminate the findings.
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  • Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
    IRP is a center for interdisciplinary research into the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the United States.
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  • Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies (IPS)
    IPS is the primary social science policy research and teaching arm of the Johns Hopkins University dealing with a wide range of issues including welfare dependency, child support enforcement, supportive living for vulnerable populations, etc.
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  • Joint Center for Housing Studies
    Harvard University’s Joint Center for information and research on housing in the United States.
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  • McGill School of Architecture-The Affordable Homes Program
    This graduate program, through the McGill School of Architecture, is geared towards students of a variety of educational backgrounds ranging from architecture to landscape design.
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  • Metropolitan Design Center
    An endowed center that investigates how design can be used to make the metropolitan landscape more livable and sustainable.
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  • Michigan State Urban and Regional Planning Program
    The Urban and Regional Planning Program at MSU is one of the oldest academic urban and regional planning programs in the United States with diverse research and outreach interests that address contemporary and emerging planning issues.
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  • MIT Center for Real Estate – Housing Affordability Initiative
    Housing Affordability Initiative examines housing affordability problems that exist in the Boston metropolitan area. The Initiative provides data-driven tools and analyses for individuals and institutions active in developing affordable housing.
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  • Pennsylvania Housing Research/Resource Center
    This Center serves the home building industry and the residents of Pennsylvania by improving the quality and affordability of housing.
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  • Pratt Center for Community Development
    The Pratt Center for Community Development works for a more just, equitable, and sustainable city for all New Yorkers, by empowering communities to plan for and realize their futures.
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  • Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing – University of Florida
    This Center facilitates the provision of safe, decent, and affordable housing and related community development throughout the State of Florida.
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  • The Drachman Institute
    A research and public service unit of The College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at The University of Arizona dedicated to the environmentally sensitive and resource-conscious development of neighborhoods and communities.
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  • Virginia Center for Housing Research
    This Center is part of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s Research Division and has a mission to serve as an interdisciplinary study, research, and information resource on housing for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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Miscellaneous

  • American Suburb Image Collection
    Provided by Yale University, this site provides various images of American Suburbs.
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  • Compilation of basic laws on housing and community development
    This document contains the texts of the primary housing and community development laws.
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  • Cottage Company
    A residential development company based in Seattle, Washington that builds ‘pocket neighborhoods’ of detached cottages and houses.
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  • Council on Contemporary Families
    A nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the national conversation about what contemporary families need and how these needs can best be met through the dissemination of educational materials, media coverage, conferences, and seminars.
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  • Rural Housing Service
    As a part of USDA Rural Development, Housing and Community Facilities Programs helps rural communities and individuals by providing loans and grants for housing and community facilities
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  • Urban Advantage
    Urban advantage is a firm specializing in digital photo montages that show the before and simulated “after” views of infill development.
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