VCHR Publications

Appendix Report 5: Virginia Housing Production Affordability Findings

Housing production is a contributing factor to national, regional and local economies, while market characteristics can often make it difficult to produce an affordable new home. This report presents findings from analysis of data that explain economic factors and drivers in the production of new housing, considering many sides of the industry. Focusing only on these drivers would exclude much of the risk unique to the housing industry, though, so this work also focuses on other characteristics of the construction industry broadly and then residential construction within it.

Appendix Report 6: Housing and Economic Opportunity

This appendix report reviews the relevant academic and trade literature addressing housing’s influence over economic opportunity for individuals, families, communities and the state. The report highlights some of the most important ways that housing plays a role in individual’s access to opportunity and how individual opportunity can influence communities and the state, primarily through workforce outcomes like the ability to attract and retain employees.

Appendix Report 9: The Future of Housing in Virginia

The research study used Scenario Planning to imagine three possible futures (scenarios) in the Commonwealth and to offer insights as well as sign-posts to aid in the detection of which future Virginia is realizing. Scenarios are coherent and credible stories describing how the future may unfold. Scenarios are not forecasts, but the three here are plausible paths to 2030. These alternative paths allow one to imagine, and then to develop, strategies for how to be prepared to meet the housing needs of alternative futures.

Mobile and Manufactured Homes In Central Appalachia and Alabama: Age, Condition and Need for Replacement

Low property values, high energy usage and high vacancy rates among older mobile and manufactured homes are all evidence of the low quality of the oldest mobile and manufactured homes in Central Appalachia and Appalachian Alabama. Many residents of these housing units experience severe financial burdens because they earn low incomes and face relatively high housing costs, with more than 70,000 households paying more than 30% of their income for utilities alone.

Virginia Beach Housing Needs Assessment, Market Analysis, and Re-Investment Study

After decades of growth, the City of Virginia Beach’s is not as desirable to the wider market as it has been historically, and the housing market faces serious challenges, due in part to two major demographic and economic shifts.  First, the millennial generation has surpassed baby boomers as the nation’s largest living generation (Fry, 2016). As millennials get older, they are becoming the nation’s largest market segment and their preferences are beginning to make a substantial difference in the housing market.

Factors Influencing U.S. Homebuilders’ Adoption of Green Homebuilding Products

While many researchers have analyzed the obstacles to the diffusion of innovation in building construction, little empirical evidence has been gathered about the factors associated with U.S. homebuilders’ adoption of innovative building products. In this paper, we develop a theory-driven diffusion of innovation conceptual model of homebuilders’ adoption of high-performance building product innovations. We are among the first to operationalize a regression model to demonstrate an application of the model using a large dataset from the National Association of Homebuilders.

Housing the Richmond Region: Needs, Impediments, and Strategies

The Capital Region Collaborative (CRC), a joint effort of the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission and the Greater Richmond Chamber, asked the Partnership for Housing Affordability (PHA) to lead the CRC’s efforts to convene a Regional Housing Alliance and develop a plan to achieve the region’s housing goals. PHA commissioned this study to inform the planning process.

The Impact of Energy Efficient Design and Construction on LIHTC Housing in Virginia

The purpose of this report is to identify and verify possible benefits of the shift in housing policy by the Virginia Housing development Authority (VHDA) to encourage energy efficiency (EE) in the affordable rental stock in Virginia through the LIHTC program. The research addresses key issues related to Energy Efficiency and affordable housing through a rigorous measurement of economic impacts for low-income residents, distinguishing the effects of design, construction, technologies and behavior per unit.