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Affordable Housing Tool Group


Creating housing opportunities located near jobs, transit, schools and other neighborhood amenities for residents of all incomes is key to building prosperous regions. Strategies can Protect Tenants and Rental Housing; Stabilize and Improve Neighborhoods; Promote Community and Resident Ownership; Leverage Market Activity; Generate Capital; and Expand the Affordable Housing Stock.

Protect Tenants and Rental Housing

Affordable Housing Development 101

Based on a workshop, this is an umbrella tool that introduces advocates to affordable housing strategies and helps them match their goals with appropriate tools.

Expiring Use: Retention of Subsidized Housing

Preserve affordable rental units by protecting subsidized housing units with expiring contracts.

Just Cause Eviction Controls

Implement these laws to protect renters against being unfairly evicted by landlords who want to capitalize on the explosive rental and housing markets.

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Rent Controls

Protections to slow the pace of rapidly escalating rental prices.

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Stabilize and Improve Neighborhoods

Code Enforcement

Can be an important tool for protecting tenants.

Foreclosed Properties

Use this tool to steer neighborhoods back to sustainable recovery after foreclosure processes are well underway. 

Urban Greening

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Transit Oriented Development

How to implement TOD -- compact, mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented communities located around new or existing public transit stations -- in a way that achieves equity goals.

Healthy Food Retailing

Strategies to increase access to retail outlets that sell nutritious, affordable food in underserved low-income urban and rural communities.

Commercial Stabilization

Effective techniques employed by community-based organizations to preserve cultural organizations and longstanding commercial enterprises that define the historic character of communities.

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Employer-Assisted Housing

Most EAH programs help employees purchase homes—often near their workplace. They can provide rental assistance or increase the housing in the surrounding community affordable for an employer's workers.

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Promote Community and Resident Ownership

CDCs with Resident Shareholders

Offers low-income residents the opportunity to own equity in real estate projects spearheaded by community development corporations (CDCs).

Community Land Trusts

This alternative property ownership model encourages permanent affordability and wealth-building.

Cooperative Ownership Models

Co-op models targeted to low- income residents can offer financial benefits, business skills, and experience in running a democratically- controlled enterprise.

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Limited Equity Housing Cooperatives

A partnership in which residents collectively own and control their housing.

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Leverage Market Activity

Infill Incentives

Infill incentives can produce new housing units, reduce blight, preserve open space, reduce traffic, and encourage retail development that serves the needs of existing residents.

Developer Exactions

Requires new commercial developments to contribute fees to the development of affordable housing, community services and infrastructure.

Commercial Linkage Strategies

A range of programs and fees that tie economic development to the construction of affordable housing.

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Generate Capital

Resident-Owned CDFIs

Resident-owned community financial institutions build assets for low-income residents and provide them with a stronger voice in neighborhood development and revitalization.

Community Reinvestment Act

Congressional mandate that financial institutions help meet credit needs of the communities in which they operate, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

Housing Trust Funds

Public funds, established by legislation, ordinance or resolution, to receive specific revenues dedicated to affordable housing development.

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Expand Affordable Housing Stock

Inclusionary Zoning

Land use regulation mandating a percentage (usually 15-20%) of the housing units in all larger projects be affordable to people of low and moderate incomes.

Community Mapping

Mapping can be used to advocate for community benefits, convey development opportunities, track vacant properties, and more.

Transit Oriented Development

How to implement TOD -- compact, mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented communities located around new or existing public transit stations -- in a way that achieves equity goals.

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