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AOBA Poll: DC, Montgomery County Residents Face Housing Affordability Challenges

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --A An overwhelming majority of District of Columbia and Montgomery County residents call housing affordability a major problem or crisis, a new public opinion survey commissioned by the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington (AOBA) finds. Residents don't view the problem as intractable, but rather as requiring a comprehensive solution. Residents from both jurisdictions agree top actions for local government to resolve the problem are: Provide local-government-funded rental assistance to help more people afford their rent; and build affordable housing on government-provided public land in partnership with the private sector, with a streamlined approval process. A majority also called on local governments to establish a public comment process to prevent individuals from unreasonably blocking new housing; and reduce property taxes to offset housing preservation costs.A  The AOBA-commissioned survey by OpinionWorks queried 853 randomly selected DC and Montgomery County registered voters October 16 - November 2.82 percent of District residents describe the supply and affordability of housing as a major problem or crisis needing immediate attention. Housing affordability is their #1 concern, above crime and education. 52 percent of Montgomery County residents also view housing affordability in their top three priorities.More than 80% of residents in both jurisdictions cited stagnant wages and the high cost of land as the top two factors driving the crisis. More than half also cited: new people moving to the area; government-imposed regulations; aging apartments needing renovation; and opponents delaying or blocking new apartments.
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