Students tackle affordable housing in Princeton

Monday, Oct 17, 2016

by Michael Hotchkiss, Office of Communications

Improving access to affordable housing is a critical challenge around the country and across the globe. It's also an urgent concern just across Nassau Street from the University campus, in the municipality of Princeton.

That made it a perfect fit for the inaugural Tiger Challenge, a program designed to help Princeton students tackle complex, real-world problems by providing support and nurturing their curiosity, creativity, compassion and courage.

A team of four undergraduates spent part of the summer learning about affordable housing in Princeton through research and conversations with residents, municipal officials, affordable-housing experts and Tiger Challenge mentors.

In short, Princeton's supply of 1,024 affordable-housing units — subsidized or price-controlled housing available through an application process based on applicants' income and other factors — is dwarfed by demand. The waiting list to secure affordable housing through one of the five entities that administer the units is long.

With those facts in mind, the OneRoof team developed concepts for how they might make the application process more streamlined and user-friendly. They are continuing their work throughout this academic year.

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