Theses Master's

Hot Market?! Assessing the Stability of Naturally-Occurring Affordable Housing Via Extreme Heat and Development Pressure in Phoenix, Arizona

Dekker, Eliza

Performed over the 2022-2023 academic year under the guidance of client Bloomberg Associates, this study assesses the relationship between neighborhood-level patterns of naturally occurring affordable housing (NOAH) and neighborhood stability through the lens of extreme heat and development pressure in Phoenix, Arizona.

Using spatial analysis techniques such as multi-criteria decision analysis and geographically- weighted regression, this study establishes a spatial relationship between NOAH and neighborhood stability indicators in Phoenix, highlighting key geographies within the city to target for housing affordability and climate adaptation policy measures.

Encouraging cross-departmental collaboration within the City, this study proposes policy recommendations such as easing financial burdens for legacy NOAH owners to developing extreme heat retrofit guidelines. Policy recommendations are intended to further the protection of the NOAH stock in Phoenix while ensuring that it remains a safe and reliable form of shelter for the city’s lowest income residents.

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More About This Work

Academic Units
Urban Planning
Thesis Advisors
Dublin-Boc, Jenna L.
M.S., Columbia University
Published Here
August 2, 2023