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Location Affordability Portal — Dr. Arthur C. Nelson

There is more to housing affordability than how much rent or mortgage you pay. Transportation costs are the second-biggest budget item for most families, but to date there hasn’t been an easy way for people to fully factor transportation costs into decisions about where to live and work. On November 12, HUD launched the Location Affordability Portal to provide the public with reliable, user-friendly data and resources on combined housing and transportation costs to help consumers, policymakers, and developers make more informed decisions about where to live, work, and invest. Dr. Arthur C. Nelson, Presidential Professor of City & Metropolitan Planning and Director of the Metropolitan Research Center, served on HUD’s national review review panel that helped conceptualize and design the Location Affordability Index.

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