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CAP Report: Extended Families Overlooked by Housing Market

Center for American Progress (CAP)

The Center for American Progress (CAP) found that in 2014 extended families (households that include family members such as grandparents, grandchildren, cousins, or other relatives) represented almost one out of every five U.S. households. The spike in extended families from 58 million in 2001 to 85 million in 2014 is largely the result of increased immigration and the Great Recession.

Many of these extended families live in urban communities with more than two people per bedroom because they cannot afford larger homes. The paper evaluates how the increased prevalence of extended families requires policies that expand the supply of affordable housing stock that meet the needs of larger families.

The authors suggest several policy recommendations including the legalization of accessory dwelling units (ADUs), an increased number of affordable units through Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), the preservation of small rental developments (two to four units), etc. These and other policies could broaden the supply of housing this often-overlooked group needs and can afford.

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