Increasing Housing Supply in High-Cost Areas

Strategies for Increasing Housing Supply in High-Cost Cities: DC Case Study. This Urban Institute paper uses the Washington, DC region to explore the barriers and opportunities to increase the supply of housing. Given projections of population and job growth, our region has a significant shortage of housing, and in particular, housing that is affordable for our future workforce.


The strategies, compiled from a day-long forum of policy experts, developers, local government staff, academics, researchers and housing advocates, address barriers specific to high-density areas as well as single-family neighborhoods; explore new ways to overcome community opposition through education and engagement; and highlight regional opportunities to boost housing supply. This report offers good insights into the challenges that we face in the metro DC region that includes three distinct and very different jurisdictions.