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Additional Resources on the Web

Affordable Comfort

  • Building America

    Building America is a private/public partnership sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that conducts research to find energy-efficient solutions for new and existing housing that can be implemented on a production basis.

Affordable Housing Related Organizations

  • Affordable Housing Development Competition Introduction

    This site provides information on an Affordable Housing Development competition under the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston.

  • Affordable Housing Institute

    Provides sustainable improvements in local housing finance ecosystems by working with governments, parastatals, NGO’s, and stakeholders to design, develop, pilot and improve housing finance policies and programs.

  • Affordable Residential Communities (American Residential Communities)

    An affordable housing business that aims to create a real sense of community in manufactured home communities across the United States.

  • Asian Neighborhood Design

    Created by a California non-profit organization, this site focuses on architecture and community planning, employment training, and family and youth services to low-income multicultural communities throughout the Bay Area.

  • Center for Architecture and Building Science Research Created by the New Jersey Institute of Technology, this site provides affordable housing design, community development and evaluation research.
  • Center for Housing Policy The Center, a research affiliate of the National Housing Conference, provides education and research on America’s affordable housing challenges and examines the impact of policies and programs developed to address these needs.
  • HomeSafe

    This site provides information on transitional housing and support services for battered women and their children.

  • Institute for Community Economics

    This site provides valuable information about affordable housing and community economic development issues.

  • Living Cities

    Living Cities is an innovative philanthropic collaborative of 22 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions focused on improving the lives of low-income people and the urban areas in which they live.

  • Minimum Cost Housing Group

    The Minimum Cost Housing Group of the McGill University School of Architecture is an educational and research unit that focuses attention on the human settlement problems of poor nations.

  • National Housing Conference

    The Center for Housing Policy is the research affiliate of the National Housing Conference. The Center works to broaden the understanding of America’s affordable housing challenges and examines the impact of the developed policies and programs.

  • National Housing Trust

    This is a national nonprofit engaged in housing preservation through real estate development, lending, and public policy initiatives.

  • National Low Income Housing Coalition

    This organization is solely dedicated to ending America’s affordable housing crisis, with an advocacy focus on those with the most serious housing problems.

  • Neighborhood Works America-LINKS

    Provided by a national nonprofit organization, the following links to organizational and governmental sites represent various aspects of the affordable housing and community revitalization field.

  • NeighborWorks Net A national nonprofit organization created by Congress to provide financial support, technical assistance, and training for community-based revitalization efforts.

Arizona-Related Practices, Policies, and Resources

  • Arizona Department of Housing

    Provides affordable housing information as well as resources for communities in Arizona.

  • Arizona Housing Alliance

    Arizona Housing Alliance is a statewide housing organization that supports and advocates for quality housing that Arizonans can afford.

  • Children’s Action Alliance-Fact Sheets

    Provide detailed information about the well-being of young children in Arizona and one-page summaries of some of the issues affecting them and their families.

  • Elliot Pollack and Company

    A real estate and economic consulting firm that provides consultation on all aspects of the Arizona economy with specialization in the real estate market.

  • Phoenix LISC

    Helps resident-led, community-based development organizations transform distressed communities and neighborhoods into healthy ones.

Best Practices & Case Studies in Affordable/Workforce Housing

  • California State Best Housing Projects

    State of California’s Housing and Community Development site highlights the State’s best housing projects encompassing rehabilitation, new designs, materials or methods of construction, resulting in exceptional value or affordability.

  • Center for Innovation in Affordable Housing Design

    This center provides affordable housing design research, outreach on housing design and the community planning process, and construction in Mantua-West Powelton neighborhood in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • Design Advisor A tool, resource, idea bank and step-by step guide to Design in affordable housing provided by USHUD.
  • Design Matters Provided by the City Design Center at the University of Illinois-Chicago, this site provides a catalog of affordable housing located throughout the U. S.
  • Policy Link-Affordable Housing

    Provided by Policy Link, this site describes the term “affordable housing” and explains the many issues defining it.


  • The Cohousing Association of the United States

    This association combines the advantages of private homes with the benefits of more sustainable living, including shared common facilities and ongoing connections with neighbors.

  • The Elder Cohousing Network

    This site provides a national database of individuals, businesses and organizations wanting to create and/or live in an age-targeted cohousing neighborhood.

Community Research and Measurements

  • Aspen Institute

    The Aspen Institute, a non-partisan think-tank that provides measures for community research.

  • Catalog of Administrative Data Sources for Neighborhood Indicators

    Prepared by Claudia J. Coulton (2008) for the Urban Institute, the monograph is a catalog that describes 42 data sources and gives examples of the types of neighborhood indicators that can be constructed from each.

  • Genuine Progress Indicator-Maryland

    The Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI), an alternative to the gross domestic product (GDP), enables policymakers at the national, state, regional, or local level to measure how well their citizens are doing both economically and socially.

  • Institute of Community Economics (ICE)

    Through technical assistance, financial support, and advocacy, ICE builds the capacity of a national network of community land trusts (CLTs) and other locally controlled organizations for permanently affordable housing and community economic development.

  • National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership

    A collaborative effort by the Urban Institute and local partners to further the development and use of neighborhood-level information systems in local policymaking and community building.

  • Prevention Institute

    Focuses on complex health and social issues in fields such as injury and violence prevention, traffic safety, health disparities, nutrition and physical activity, and youth development.

  • Research to Develop a Community Needs Index

    This research provides a foundation for future analysis of community needs by testing the feasibility of relying on the American Community Survey (ACS) and devising a methodology to compare conditions in communities over time.

  • Sustainable Measures

    Sustainable Measures is a private consulting firm dedicated to promoting sustainable communities, primarily through the development, understanding and use of effective indicators and systems for measuring progress.

Compact Development & Residential Density

  • Vancouver’s Home and Bath Renovations

    To face its housing challenges, Vancouver developed a new initiative called EcoDensity. The site provides information and a primer booklet that depicts specific efforts to build communities that are green, livable and affordable in the city.

Databases and Resource Clearinghouses

  • ArchNewsNow

    This site provides national and international news, projects, products, and events in the world of architecture and design.

  • Berkley-Universal Design Library

    This is a selected list of resources in the UC Berkeley libraries and on the Web prepared for the students and faculty at the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Building Energy Codes Research Program

    U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Energy Codes Program is an information resource on national model energy codes.


    Building Green offers print and electronic resources to help design and build construction projects from a whole-systems perspective and take an integrated design approach that minimizes ecological impact and maximizes economic performance.

  • Cyburbia Resource Directory: Housing

    This part of Cyburbia provides Internet resources relevant to affordable housing, alternative building materials, cohousing, government agencies and housing research.

  • Data Sets-HUD USER- Policy Development and Research Information

    This site contains a wealth of information that can be used by professionals in nearly every field for planning, decision making, market research, or various kinds of program development.

  • Enterprise Resource Database

    This website provides hands-on, how-to documents and in-depth expertise on a variety of topics, such as affordable housing, community building, housing finance, preservation, and supportive housing.

  • This site provides links to electronic bibliographies on selected housing and land use research topics, compiling best practices and current research.

  • Housing Information Gateway (University of Colorado-Boulder/Housing Information Center) This site provides information on and links to housing resources on the Internet. This site is an “elaboration” of the Encyclopedia of Housing.
  •, the online economics information resource, provides the latest housing forecasts, market trends, in-depth economic analysis and archival data relating to the housing industry.

  • HUD User

    This site provides housing policy development and research information service which includes over 1,000 publications and data sets.

  • InformeDesign

    This is a research and communication tool by University of Minnesota for designers including research summaries that are added weekly.

  • Institute for Local Government Housing Resource Center: Inclusionary Housing Web Resources

    As the joint effort of the League of California Cities and its nonprofit research affiliate, the Institute for Local Government, this site offers helpful resources available to local officials in terms of understanding housing policy options and issues.

  • Internet links for Housing (National Low Income Housing Coalition)

    This site provides links to government sites, and national policy and advocacy organizations within the US.

  • NeighborWorks Alerts

    This is a monthly e-newsletter in the field of community development, including up-dates on policy issues, news from organizations in the NeighborWorks network, funding opportunities, and training events.

  • Planetizen

    This is a public-interest information exchange provided by Urban Insight for the urban planning, design, and development community.

  • Regulatory Barriers Clearinghouse

    Provided by HUD user, this site provides information on affordable housing state and local regulatory barriers and possible solutions to those barriers.

  • Research Design Connections

    Research Design Connections is a knowledge tool that comprehensively covers new research and practitioner best practices.

  • ToolBase Services

    ToolBase Resources combines product descriptions, design & construction guides, best practices, performance reports, case studies, and other resources in way that builders and remodelers will find useful.

  • University of California Berkeley Environmental Design Library

    This site is a selective bibliographic research guide to the UC Berkeley library and Internet social housing literature, both American and international. Included are basic research tools, historical sources, and strategies for finding needed materials.

Green & Environmentally Sustainable Housing Practices

Healthy Housing & Communities

  • Active Housing Active Housing takes research-based programs, introducing them into community settings, providing structured social marketing support and conducting independent evaluation to measure effectiveness.
  • Active Living by Design

    This program establishes innovative approaches to increase physical activity through community design, public policies and communications strategies.

  • Active Living Research

    A national program of the Robert Woods Foundation that identifies environmental factors and policies that influence physical activity.

  • Alliance for Healthy Homes

    Alliance for Healthy Homes is a nonprofit organization working to prevent and eliminate hazards in our homes that can harm children, families, and other residents. These hazards include lead, mold, carbon monoxide, radon, pests, and pesticides.

  • Healthy Building Network

    A national network of green building professionals, environmental and health activists, socially responsible investment advocates and others interested in promoting healthier building materials

  • National Blueprint

    Focuses on increasing physical activity among adults age 50 and older.

Housing Cooperatives & Limited/Shared Equity Models

  • Amalgamated Housing Cooperatives

    The oldest limited equity housing cooperative in the United States that provides affordable housing and a strong community for 1,500 moderate-income families.

  • Limited Equity Housing Cooperatives

    This site provides technical assistance resources for residents interested in ownership building sharing.

  • National Association of Housing Cooperatives

    This is a nonprofit national cooperative housing organization to represent, inform, perpetuate, serve and inspire the nation’s housing cooperatives.

  • Policy Link

    Provided by a national research and action institute, this site describes the “Limited Equity Housing Cooperatives” program which provides various types of cooperative housing and various levels of density.

  • University of Wisconsin’s Center for Cooperatives

    The Center provides links to publications, programs and conferences, provided by the University of Wisconsin.

Housing for Seniors & Multigenerational Housing

  • AARP Housing Choices

    Provided by AARP, this site describes the different affordable housing choices available to older adults (assisted living, nursing homes, and various other apartments etc.)

  • Dementia Design Info

    This website was created to help designers, providers, and others interested in creating supportive shared residential care settings for people with dementia. It provides extensive literature review, practical information and a few case studies.

  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren A program of the Beatitudes Center D.O.A.R. offers support and assistance to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.

Housing-Relevant Journals, Magazines & Newsletters

  • Berkeley Planning Journal

    An annual peer-reviewed journal published by graduate students in the Department of City and Regional Planning (DCRP) at the University of California, Berkeley since 1985. Table of contents only (1985-Present)

  • BRE Good Building Guide

    This is an easy one-stop access to the information providers in the built environment sector. Search engine only (for books)

  • Builder-National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)

    A magazine provided by the National Association of Home Builders, the voice of America’s housing industry. Full Text (HTML) (2001- Present)

  • Building Research and Information

    An international refereed journal publishing articles of well-detailed research and of significance to the international community. Table of Contents and list of themed issues (1997-Present) Free online access for the latest issue

  • Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning

    It provides an international platform for the exchange of ideas and information between urban planners and policy makers from government, non-government organizations, academia and consultancy. Table of contents Full text PDF (1983-Present)

  • Environment and Behavior

    This journal analyzes and records the influence of environment on individuals, groups and institutions. Table of contents Full text PDF (1999-Present)

  • Environmental Building News

    This is a monthly newsletter published since 1992 featuring comprehensive, practical information related to sustainable design in the built environment. Table of contents Purchase on-line for ($199/year or $12.95/week) through The BuildingGreen Suite.

  • Environmental Design + Construction

    This magazine covers the rapidly growing green building industry. Full text (HTML) (2000-Present)

  • Environmental Planning A: Economy and Space

    This is an interdisciplinary journal of urban and regional research. Table of contents (1969-Present) Full text (PDF) (2000-Present)

  • Environmental Planning B: : Urban Analytics and City Science

    This is an interdisciplinary journal that focuses on urban planning and design. Table of contents Full text (PDF) (2000-Present)

  • Environmental Planning C: Politics and Space

    This is an interdisciplinary journal that focuses on government and policy with an international perspective. Table of contents Full text (PDF) (2001-Present)

  • Environmental Planning D: Society and Space

    This is an interdisciplinary journal that focuses on the relations between society and space. Table of contents Full text (PDF) (2001-Present)

  • Environmental Planning E: Nature and Space

    This is an new journal, launching in 2018 that focuses on the relations between nature and space.

  • European Journal of Housing Policy

    This journal focuses on housing policy, systems and practice in Europe from a social science perspective. Table of contents with abstract (2001-Present)

  • Harvard Design Magazine

    This magazine provides a forum for thoughtful and articulate practitioners, journalists, and academics, primarily from architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design and planning. List of themed issues Full text (PDF and HTML) (2001-Present)

  • Housing and Society- Housing Education and Research Association (HERA)

    This journal supports the mission of Housing Education and Research Association by providing for the dissemination of housing research and other scholarly work. Issues with abstracts (PDF) (2003-Present)

  • Housing Studies

    This international journal focuses on the theoretical and analytical developments within the housing field. Table of contents and abstracts (1996-Present)

  • Housing Theory and Society

    This journal focuses on the application and development of social theory in the housing field. Table of contents and abstracts (1997-2005) (earlier ones no abstracts)

  • Journal of American Planning Association (JAPA)

    This journal focuses on current research, commentaries, and reviews on planning and urban development. Table of contents with partial abstracts (1988-Present) Full text (PDF) for selected articles with single, monthly pass (1935-Present)

  • Journal of Architectural and Planning Research

    This international interdisciplinary journal focuses on architecture, design, and planning. Table of contents and sample articles (PDF) (2001-2006)

  • Journal of Architectural Education (JAE)

    This journal, from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, focuses on the teaching of architecture. Table of contents (2003) Full text available through Blackwell publishing, $58/year

  • Journal of Architecture

    It is an international peer-reviewed journal committed to advancing theory, research and practice for design in the built environment. Table of contents and abstracts (1996-Present)

  • Journal of Housing and Community Development- National Assoc. of Housing and Redevelopment Officials

    This journal focuses on housing and community development. Current feature articles and description

  • Journal of Housing for the Elderly

    This journal is for gerontological professionals of architecture, housing, urban planning, and public policy responsible for the residential environments of the elderly. Table of contents and abstract Full text (PDF) 60.00/year with subscription

  • Journal of Planning Education and Research

    The journal covers planning theory, pedagogy, and practice in addition to urban geography, welfare economics, and policy analysis. Table of contents and abstract (current issue) Search engine (2000-Present) Full text (PDF) (2000-Present)

  • Metropolis Magazine

    Metropolis examines contemporary life through design–architecture, interior design, product design, graphic design, crafts, planning, and preservation.

  • Places

    This is an internationally-circulated journal that incorporates writings from a variety of fields in design, the arts and social sciences. Full text (PDF) (1983-2006)

  • Real Estate

    The Wall Street Journal’s guide to property.

  • Shelterforce- National Housing Institute (NHI)

    The nation’s oldest continually-published housing and community development magazine for organizers, activists and advocates in the affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization movements. Search engine with issues Full text (HTML) (1994-Present)

  • Urban Morphology: Journal of the International Seminar on Urban Form

    This journal, by the International Seminar on Urban Form, seeks to advance research and practice in fields concerned with the built environment. Table of contents (1997-Present) Full text (PDF)

New Urbanism

  • Congress for the New Urbanism

    Chicago-based non-profit organization that works with architects, developers, planners, and others involved in the creation of cities and towns, teaching them how to implement the principles of the New Urbanism.

  • Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company

    Private company completed designs for over 250 new and existing communities with a major influence on the practice and direction of urban planning in the United States.

  • Urban Design Associates

    This company prepared community design and architectural guidelines for residential development in a mixed-income community, “Celebration.”

Professional & Academic Organizations Involved in Housing, Architecture, and Planning

  • American Institute of Architects

    This organization represents the professional interests of the American architectural profession and a resource for its members in service to society.

  • American Planning Association

    This is a nonprofit public interest and research organization provides information on urban, suburban, regional and rural planning to practice planners, citizens and elected officials.

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

    Being America’s oldest national engineering society, this organization represents more than 120,000 civil engineers worldwide.

  • Architecture Research Institute

    Architecture Research Institute promotes cross-disciplinary research in design and urban planning that informs public policies and strategies that create livable, compact, global cities that are eco-sustainable, walkable and less automobile dependent.

  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

    The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture is a membership association to advance the quality of architectural education.

  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning

    The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) is a consortium of university-based programs offering credentials in urban and regional planning.

  • CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) Publications

    The U.K. government’s advices on architecture, urban design and public space that offers expert advice, research and debate.

  • Cambridge Architectural Research Limited

    An independent consulting company provides advice and research for construction industry, design professions and policy-making institutions

  • Community Associations Institute

    This is a national organization whose members include community association volunteer leaders, professional managers, community management firms, and other professionals and companies that provide products and services to associations.

  • Environmental Design Research Association

    This is an international, interdisciplinary organization for the advancement and dissemination of environmental design research.

  • Housing Education and Research Association

    The organization is a major forum for professional dialogue among educators, researchers, and policy makers in the field of housing.

  • Intentional Communities

    Provided by the Fellowship for Intentional Community, this site includes resources for finding cooperative living communities and links to ecovillages, cohousing, communes, urban housing cooperatives, etc.

  • International Association for People-Environment Studies

    This charity organization works to facilitate communication on the relationships between people and their physical environment which provides a bulletin, conferences and information to its members.

  • LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) e-Newsletter

    LISC provides capital, expertise, training and information to community-based organizations for the development of local leadership, affordable housing, commercial, industrial and community facilities, businesses and jobs.

  • Manufactured Housing Research Alliance (MHRA)

    MHRA is a non-profit organization with the mission of developing new technologies to enhance the value, quality, and performance of the nation’s factory built homes.

  • National Architectural Accrediting Board Inc.

    The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) is the sole agency authorized to accredit US professional degree programs in architecture. Lists accredited architecture programs.

  • National Association of Home Builders

    This is a trade association that helps promote the policies that make housing a national priority for members, housing industry and public at large.

  • National Association of Home Builders Research Center

    This site provides affordable housing research, development research and interactive reports intended for the liaisons between builders and manufacturers, design professionals and housing research, and government and industry.

  • National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials

    This organization is a housing and community development advocate for the provision of adequate and affordable housing and strong, viable communities for all Americans. Their members administer HUD Programs (Public Housing, Section 8, CDBG and HOME).

  • National Housing Institute

    An independent nonprofit organization that examines the issues causing crises in housing and community in America specific areas include housing, jobs, safety, and education.

  • National Low Income Housing Coalition

    This organization focuses their advocacy on those with the most serious housing problems, the lowest income households with the aim of ending affordable housing crisis of the US.

  • National Multi Housing Council

    The Washington, DC-based National Council is and advocate and strategic consultant for the apartment industry.

  • New Ecology Inc.

    New Ecology, Inc. was founded in 1999 to spearhead sustainable development in distressed urban communities in New England. This organization joins environmental quality with economic development in urban communities.

  • New England Public Policy Center (NEPPC)

    The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s New England Public Policy Center conducts research, provides resources and disseminates information on economic and public policy issues that affect the region.

  • Planners Network

    This is an association of professionals, activists, academics, and students involved in physical, social, economic, and environmental planning in urban and rural areas.

  • Project for Public Spaces

    A nonprofit organization focused on creating and sustaining public places that build communities.

  • Toolbase Services: The Home Building Industry’s Technical Information Resources

    The housing industry’s resource for technical information on building products, materials, new technologies, business management, and housing systems.

  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

    HUD is the Federal agency responsible for national policy and programs that address America’s housing needs, and enforce fair housing laws.

  • Urban Affairs Association

    An international professional organization for urban scholars, researchers, and public service providers that provides information about urbanism and urbanization.

  • Urban Institute Home

    This site provides economic and social policy research through a nonpartisan research organization.

  • Urban Land Institute

    A nonprofit research and education organization that provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.

Smart Growth & Livable Communities

  • Center for Communities by Design

    Provided by the American Institute of Architects, this site provides livability issue links through their Center for Communities by Design.

  • Complete Streets Coalition

    The National Complete Streets Coalition seeks to fundamentally transform the look, feel and function of the roads and streets to enable safe access for all users, by changing the way most roads are planned, designed, and constructed.

  • LEED for Neighborhood Development

    Rating system that integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism, and green building into the first national standard for neighborhood design.

  • Livable Communities Council

    The Coalition promotes quality growth in Atlanta by implementing quality growth plans in communities around the metro area, promoting public policy that supports quality growth, and by educating and communicating the benefits of quality growth.

  • LivCom Awards-The International Awards for Livable Communities

    LivCom is the world’s only Awards Competition focusing on Best Practice regarding the management of the local environment with the objective to improve the quality of life of individual citizens through the creation of ‘livable communities’.

  • National Center for Bicycling & Walking

    The National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) is the major program of the Bicycle Federation of America, Inc. (BFA) whose mission is to create bicycle-friendly and walkable communities.

  • New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy, and Livable Communities

    This conference focuses on interdependence; that is all of us are affected the environments in which we live, work, learn, shop and play – and all of us have a role to play in shaping those environments.

  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

    Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center attempts to improve the quality of life in communities through the increase of safe walking and bicycling as a viable means of transportation and physical activity.


    This is a living laboratory where a national network of creative practitioners come together to learn, share, inspire and seed innovation in place, collectively elevating the art and science of planning for vibrant and sustainable communities.

  • Smart City Radio A weekly, hour-long public radio talk show that takes an in-depth look at urban life, the people, places, ideas and trends shaping cities.
  • Smart Growth America

    A coalition of the best-known national, state and local organizations advocating on behalf of historic preservation, the environment, farmland and open space preservation, neighborhood revitalization and more.

  • Smart Growth Online

    This site provides many resource areas (bibliographies, documents, etc.) as well as specific topics of smart growth are organized into issue areas that each contains overviews and on-line resources.

  • Sustainable Measures

    Sustainable Measures is a private consulting firm dedicated to promoting sustainable communities, primarily through the development, understanding and use of effective indicators and systems for measuring progress.

  • The Next American City

    Non-profit organization addresses the changes of American cities through a quarterly magazine, events across the country, and op-eds in major newspapers, promotes socially and environmentally sustainable economic growth.

Statistical Information & Resources

Supportive Housing

  • Provides services linked to housing to address the long-term needs of families and individuals caught in a cycle of chronic poverty.

  • Provides loans and grants to supportive housing sponsors, by strengthening the supportive housing industry, and by reforms public policy to make it easier to create and operate supportive housing.

Universal Design and Fair Housing Design

  • Access Board

    This is an independent Federal agency which provides technical assistance and information on ADA and other access-related legislation.

  • Adaptive Environments

    This non-profit organization provides education programs, technical assistance, training, consultation, publications, and design advocacy to promote access and universal design.

  • American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Resource Service Group

    AARP provides free publications for housing and consumer education of older people.

  • Center for Inclusive design & Environmental Access (IDEA)

    IDEA provides resources and technical expertise in architecture, product design, facilities management, and the social and behavioral sciences to further Universal Design practice.

  • Center for Universal Design

    This is a national information, technical assistance, and research center that evaluates, develops, and promotes accessible and universal design in housing, commercial and public facilities, outdoor environments, and products.

  • Accessible & Affordable Housing Options This section of has information about housing rights, tax credits, making a home accessible, and supportive housing services that can help people with disabilities live independent, self-directed lives.
  • Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities: Barriers at Every Step (June 2005)

    Prepared by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, this 123-page report aims to advance the state-of-the-art in testing to measure discrimination against persons with disabilities, for both research and enforcement purposes.

  • Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST

    Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST is an initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) designed to promote compliance with the Fair Housing Act design and construction requirements.

  • Fair Housing Design Manual-HUD

    Provides clear and helpful guidance about ways to design and construct housing which complies with the Fair Housing Act.


    Initiated by the National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification, this website provides assistance and resources to help adapt home environments to make tasks easier, reduce accidents, and support independent living.

  • International Code Council: Fair Housing

    The International Code Council, a membership association, provides resources for gaining a better understanding of and complying with the Fair Housing Act (FHA) accessibility requirements.

  • MIG Communications

    MIG offers reference and curricular materials to create environments and organizations in support of human development.

  • National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification

    The Center offers practical strategies and materials to make supportive housing and home modification a more integral component of successful aging, long-term care, preventive health, and the development of elder-friendly communities.

  • Specific Design-related Information at Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST

    This site provides resources for accessibility and universal design principles and guidelines for housing design and construction.

  • Universal Designers and Consultants (UD & C)

    UD &C provides publications and consulting services about accessible design, compliance with the ADA, and universal design.

  • Welcome H.O.M.E.

    House of Modification Examples is located 30 miles north of Milwaukee, WI. Provides information on improving the quality of life for persons living with physical disabilities through design + build.

University Centers for Housing Design, Policy, and Research

  • Brookings Institution

    The Brookings Institution is a private nonprofit organization of independent research and innovative policy solutions.

  • Centre for Urban & Community Studies

    The Centre for Urban and Community Studies (CUCS) at University of Toronto promotes and disseminates multidisciplinary research and policy analysis on urban issues.

  • City Design Center

    This is a multi-disciplinary research, education, and service program in the College of Architecture and the Arts at the University of Illinois-Chicago. The Center’s mission is the study and practice of design in the public interest.

  • Housing & Demographics Research Center

    This Center provides housing and demographic information related to the State of Georgia.

  • Housing Education and Research Center (HERC)

    HERC is a partnership between the Michigan Association of Home Builders (MAHB) and the Construction Management (CM) program at Michigan State University, primarily functioning as an adjunct research, education and training arm of the MAHB.

  • Institute for Policy Research (IPR)

    IPR is an interdisciplinary public policy research institute at Northwestern University whose mission is to stimulate and support social science research on significant public policy issues and to disseminate the findings.

  • Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)

    IRP is a center for interdisciplinary research into the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the United States.

  • Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies (IPS)

    IPS is the primary social science policy research and teaching arm of the Johns Hopkins University dealing with a wide range of issues including welfare dependency, child support enforcement, supportive living for vulnerable populations, etc.

  • Joint Center for Housing Studies

    Harvard University’s Joint Center for information and research on housing in the United States.

  • McGill School of Architecture-The Affordable Homes Program

    This graduate program, through the McGill School of Architecture, is geared towards students of a variety of educational backgrounds ranging from architecture to landscape design.

  • Metropolitan Design Center

    An endowed center that investigates how design can be used to make the metropolitan landscape more livable and sustainable.

  • Michigan State Urban and Regional Planning Program

    The Urban and Regional Planning Program at MSU is one of the oldest academic urban and regional planning programs in the United States with diverse research and outreach interests that address contemporary and emerging planning issues.

  • MIT Center for Real Estate – Housing Affordability Initiative

    Housing Affordability Initiative examines housing affordability problems that exist in the Boston metropolitan area. The Initiative provides data-driven tools and analyses for individuals and institutions active in developing affordable housing.

  • Pennsylvania Housing Research/Resource Center

    This Center serves the home building industry and the residents of Pennsylvania by improving the quality and affordability of housing.

  • Pratt Center for Community Development

    The Pratt Center for Community Development works for a more just, equitable, and sustainable city for all New Yorkers, by empowering communities to plan for and realize their futures.

  • Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing – University of Florida

    This Center facilitates the provision of safe, decent, and affordable housing and related community development throughout the State of Florida.

  • The Drachman Institute

    A research and public service unit of The College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at The University of Arizona dedicated to the environmentally sensitive and resource-conscious development of neighborhoods and communities.

  • Virginia Center for Housing Research This Center is part of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s Research Division and has a mission to serve as an interdisciplinary study, research, and information resource on housing for the Commonwealth of Virginia.


  • Cottage Company

    A residential development company based in Seattle, Washington that builds ‘pocket neighborhoods’ of detached cottages and houses.

  • Council on Contemporary Families

    A nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the national conversation about what contemporary families need and how these needs can best be met through the dissemination of educational materials, media coverage, conferences, and seminars.

  • Rural Housing Service

    As a part of USDA Rural Development, Housing and Community Facilities Programs helps rural communities and individuals by providing loans and grants for housing and community facilities