Just weeks away from the 2012 presidential election, housing continues to receive little attention on the campaign trail.

“We're coming out of one of the worst recessions in a generation, with housing squarely in the bull's-eye. Ironically while both parties have made fixing the single-family collapse a component of their platforms, neither candidate talks about housing on the stump or in their campaign ads,” says Doug Bibby, president of the National Multi Housing Council.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING FINANCE examines some of the issues at stake this presidential election, from potential tax reform to budget cuts.

The presidential election isn't the only race that will have an impact on affordable housing. David Gasson, executive director of the Housing Advisory Group, has highlighted 12 congressional races on page 36 that you should keep an eye on. Industry leaders' perspectives on 2013 round out the Election Guide.

In this Special Report: