Online First: The Impact of Advocacy Organizations on Low-Income Housing Policy in U.S. Cities

The Impact of Advocacy Organizations on Low-Income Housing Policy in U.S. Cities

  1. Anaid Yerena1

  1. 1University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA, USA
  1. Anaid Yerena, Planning, Policy, and Design, University of California, Irvine, 300 Social Ecology I, Irvine, CA 92697-7075, USA. Email: anaid.y@uci.edu

Abstract

Financial support for affordable housing competes with many other municipal priorities. This work seeks to explain the variation in support for affordable housing among U.S. cities with populations of 100,000 or more. Using multivariate statistical analysis, this research investigates political explanations for the level of city expenditures on housing and community with a particular interest in the influence of housing advocacy organizations (AOs). Data for the model were gathered from secondary sources, including the U.S. Census and the National Center for Charitable Statistics. Among other results, the analysis indicates that, on average, the political maturity of AOs has a statistically significant, positive effect on local housing and community development expenditures.

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