The ProHousing Project
Since the early 1980s, the United States has found itself in a housing crisis:
runaway and sprawling development, rising land prices and property taxes,
increasing homelessness, households even with two incomes struggling to
afford the excessively
large houses that we unquestioningly accept as required as part of the
Ron Konzak originally developed ProHousing in 1992 to fit the needs of
the recently incorporated City of Bainbridge Island in Washington State,
but he is convince that similar problems exist everywhere, and that similar
solutions and shifts in attitude will apply to other areas of the United
States and the world.
This study investigates the subject of affordable housing and the following
topics in particular:
What is "affordable housing"?
What are the minimum standards for a quality living environment?
How can affordable housing be built on unaffordable land?
What changes in zoning, building codes, property tax structure, lending
practices, etc., need to accompany innovative housing design?
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Photo: Rolling Home, Rockaway Beach, New York, 1933 by Charles Miller