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Promote Affordable Housing

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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.

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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