LISC Institute

Spotlight

Local Affordable Housing Strategies

Affordable housing is an essential pillar of any healthy, vibrant and diverse community. At a time when cities across the country are seeing drastic increases in rental and home prices and once affordable neighborhoods are grappling with issues of displacement, the urgency for inclusive and innovative housing policies is more important than ever.  In this Spotlight on Affordable Housing, we’ve compiled resources for practitioners to learn about innovative policies and strategies from across the industry and country, aimed at helping communities and local governments address their affordable housing needs. 

Read the Letter from the Editor for further background on this topic and an overview of what this month's Spotlight covers. 

Letter from the Editor

 

Q&A with the NYU Furman Center and Abt Associates

Mark Willis from NYU's Furman Center and Jeff Lubell from Abt Associates tell us more about the Local Housing Solutions portal. Read the Q&A to learn more about how they developed this new tool, and for some of their key takeaways.

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In Practice

Learn how LISC is working with local government in several cities to create and implement more comprehensive and innovative affordable housing strategies.

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Learn more about ballot measures all across the country that could have a dramatic impact on affordable housing in their states and communities if approved.

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This handbook is a guide for NYCHA residents in public housing developments that may be converted to Section 8 under the HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD).

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What we're reading

"Affordable Housing Wins at the Ballot Box in 2018" highlights some of the progress made on the ballots in the primary election.

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In "The Renters Strike Back" Brookings describes the pros and cons of various approaches policymakers, who are awakening to the force of renters’ concerns, have proposed to assist renters.

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Read this article from the NYTimes to learn about the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development pilot program, which offers city financing to developers building co-living projects that are below market rate.

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A growing number of real estate developers are banking on the micro-unit concept to attract buyers and renters who want to live in Miami-Dade's most popular neighborhoods but can't afford to pay market rates.

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CityLab provides an overview of California state and city ballot measures, which offer a variety of strategies for improving access to affordable housing, and shrinking the homeless population.

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Learn about the "YIMBY" movement and why new market-rate housing needs to be part of the solution in our most expensive cities in this article from the Washington Post. 

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Resource libraries and tools

Visit this site for a one-stop source about accessory dwelling units, multigenerational homes, laneway houses, ADUs, granny flats, in-law units.

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The National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.

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Visit HUD's website for an overview of affordable housing, and learn how HUD can support practitioners in their work to support affordable housing in markets.

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