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    Definition of housing affordability?

    I have a graduation project about housing ..
    I need more information about afforable housing , some case studies with plans .

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    I don't know about case studies, but at a recent planning board meeting, we had a board member publicly state that he was longing for a project with affordable housing. The public went into an uproar, and the board member had to clarify that he was speaking of housing that starts for less than $200K.

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    Our zoning defines affordable housing to be housing accessible to those making 80% of the median income of the Town.

    According to the 2000 Census results for our Town, one must make $56,000 to be considered for affordable housing .

    By our definition...I must be a welfare case. No wonder I don't live where I work.
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    We try to stay away from the term affordable housing and rather use the term work force housing. In other words, we need to provide housing for those families who work in our factories.

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    We try to stay away from the term affordable housing and rather use the term work force housing. In other words, we need to provide housing for those families who work in our factories.

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    Low-income housing, affordable housing, work force housing. Everyone "knows what that means." Of course, they have probably forgotten that they themselves would have likely once fallen into that category, or a parent, or someone they know. Well, and that is actually two issues. Affordable, in one sense, is less than 80% of the county median (thanks for the definition, CDBG folks). In another sense, affordable housing is generally considered as housing that will cost 30-40% of household income.

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