Rural areas and the rural South in particular have unique characteristics that render inappropriate many urban-oriented housing affordability approaches, delivery systems, and programs. In addition, a lack of data for smaller communities makes accurate assessments of the housing stock difficult. This paper explores factors that influence housing affordability. A methodology is developed that policy makers in local communities can use with volunteers to collect reliable data and to develop a local housing agenda which meets community needs. Regression analysis using data from four rural Georgia communities reveals that housing quality plays a role in housing expenditures. The paper concludes with strategies for rural community housing assessment and implementation.
Meeks, Carol, and Anne Sweaney. 1994. "Assessing Housing Affordability In Rural Georgia." Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 10(1): Article 6. Available at: https://egrove.olemiss.edu/jrss/vol10/iss1/6