HUD Announces Development of H+T Affordability Index
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has commissioned a study to develop a national index for Housing and Transportation Affordability (H+T Affordability). HUD’s current measures of housing affordability focus solely on the proportion of a household’s income that is devoted to housing costs. However, many households incur high combined housing and transportation costs by moving to areas with housing that is less expensive but is also far from transit and/or jobs. For example, in the CMAP region, many low- and moderate-income households face long and costly commutes to the region’s job centers. This new HUD study will build on the Center for Neighborhood Technology’s prior analysis of H+T Affordability in 337 metro areas - including Chicago - to develop a national H+T Affordability index and provide insight into how HUD may incorporate the index into its programs and policies.
The LTA home page has details of activities sponsored by the HUD Sustainable Communities grant to CMAP for support of community projects that advance the principles of GO TO 2040. In our second call for projects through the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, CMAP received over 100 proposals from more than 80 applicants. View the press release and summary of selected projects.
An interactive map of local case studies describes projects and people that exemplify the goals and objectives of GO TO 2040.
CMAP's Local Ordinances and Toolkits program provides resources to municipalities interested in pursuing policies that are aligned with GO TO 2040 recommendations.