The Drachman Institute is committed to the proposition that housing is the building block of healthy neighborhoods and healthy neighborhoods are the cornerstones of sustainable communities. The Institute promotes responsible real estate development, housing and transportation affordability, employer-assisted and special needs housing, and regionally appropriate design that conserves land, energy, and water.  It is affiliated with the Drachman Design-Build Coalition (DDBC), a non-profit entity which works with architecture students to produce prototypes of energy-efficient, low-cost dwellings for low-income residents. Nine design-build projects have been completed since 1996, one of which has won design and teaching awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), respectively.  

Projects

The Affordable Housing Gap In Pima County

The Drachman Institute at the University of Arizona, along with Dr. Gary Pivo and Dr. Drew Sanderford of the Planning and Real Estate Development Program, are currently working on an affordable housing gap analysis in Pima County. The project, funded by Family Housing Resources of Tucson, examines the supply of income protected (or restricted) affordable housing stock, the market rate affordable housing stock, the demand for each type of housing in the Tucson and Pima County region, and the gap between the supply and demand.

The project incorporates HUD and census data, GIS, survey data of housing professionals and advocates, and focus groups to examine the gaps in affordable housing by income and target groups.

Final data analysis and report will be made publicly available on the FHR website in May 2016.

Affordable and Mixed-Income Housing in Transit Oriented Development for Eastern Pima County

Drachman Institute recently completed the project "Affordable and Mixed-Income Housing in Transit Oriented Development for Eastern Pima County," funded by the Arizona Department of Housing.  Full reports by jurisdiction, the BAE Urban Economics Transit Oriented Demand Study, and the August 15th public presentation are available by clicking the image above. 

Featured Projects

Gu Achi District Housing Master Plan

Housing Arizona: Background Report for the 93rd Arizona Town Hall

Housing Arizona: Background Report for the 93rd Arizona Town Hall

Kaibeto Creek Community

University of Arizona Employer-Assisted Housing

 

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