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What Can Policymakers Do?

  • Support the development of responsible affordable housing options    
    While most development decisions take place at the local level, state policymakers are in a position to create a policy environment that requires or encourages the development of affordable housing.  By establishing housing trust funds, policymakers can ensure long-term flexible funding for affordable housing and housing services.  Enabling and encouraging inclusionary zoning and supporting transit-oriented development can expand the affordable housing stock while contributing to housing equity, access to educational and employment opportunities, and sustainable community growth.
  • Support and strengthen federal housing programs
    By providing a range of subsidized housing options and supporting housing maintenance and improvement programs, state policymakers can help to ensure that low-income individuals have access to decent, safe and sanitary affordable housing in rural, suburban and urban communities.
  • Provide housing protections for low-income families
    State policymakers can ensure that low-income families are able to maintain safe and affordable housing. By supporting housing protections, policymakers help low- and moderate-income families through rent regulation, reasonable code enforcement and eviction prevention.  Tax relief laws can help keep housing affordable for low-income families and the elderly and can be targeted to best meet the needs of a state’s population (gentrifying communities with low-income elderly residents, communities with low-income veterans and their families, etc.). 
  • Coordinate access to services and support asset building
    State policies can provide low-income families with the opportunity to live in housing where the appropriate services are easily available and well-integrated.  To accomplish this, policymakers can require human service agencies to coordinate and streamline service provision for low-income households.  The supports available to families should include both social services and opportunities to learn about asset building and affordable homeownership. Integrating services with housing helps low-income families achieve housing stability.
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The Center for Housing Policy combines research and practical expertise to develop effective policy solutions at the national, state and local levels that increase the availability of affordable homes.

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PolicyLink’s Center for Infrastructure Equity has great information about ways to develop equitable solutions to transportation, transit-oriented development, school construction and parks and urban greening.