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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.
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.