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UTA NEWS CENTER: UTA researcher shows affordable housing not so affordable when transportation costs soar

March 21, 2016

CAPPA assistant professor of planning Shima Hamidi published a study in Housing Policy Debate journal that assesses the affordability of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development rental assistance properties from the perspective of transportation costs. 

The study examines how location affects affordability in reality. “What we discovered is that many of these locations around the U.S. that don’t have public transportation don’t really offer affordable housing because residents have to purchase a car, insurance and spend time commuting,” Hamidi said. “It becomes a social equity issue. The ability to get to quality jobs or schools is limited because some of the people can’t afford it because of the transportation costs.” 

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