The pandemic may catalyze a boom in affordable housing construction in Southern California. Affordable housing was already in high demand before the pandemic, and the economic dislocation has only driven demand up. In addition, affordable housing typically outperforms traditional multifamily product during market downturns. This has created a perfect storm for increased affordable housing construction with Southern California contractor RAAM Construction already seeing an increase in activity.

“As the coronavirus pandemic and its economic aftermath play out in the multifamily sector, affordable housing development and construction have remained strong as compared to sectors like luxury apartment development,” Richard Lara, founder and president of RAAM, tells GlobeSt.com. “With affordable housing demand consistently outpacing supply, public-private partnerships on the rise to develop this product type, and investors looking to diversify with a stable investment category, affordable housing construction is positioned to remain a strong sector of commercial real estate well into the future.”

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