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Cityscape Focuses on Small Area FMRs and Alternative Measures of Market Rents

Seth Embry, PHADA Policy Analyst

The third issue of Cityscape in 2019 features a trove of research on both the Small Area Fair Market Rent (SAFMR) Demonstration and implementation of SAFMRs along with alternative measures of rents. The SAFMR research examines the policy’s impact on the neighborhoods families with children are able to access, and whether voucher families’ length of stay in the program is affected, among other research questions. In the second category of research, papers examine the quality of SAFMRs compared to other rent measures in varying geographies, the gaps between SAFMRs and the actual cost of rents based on data from the website Craigslist on a national level, and a localized review in Pittsburgh, PA. This research will be reviewed in a future issue of the Advocate, but can be accessed now here.