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  • is an easy-to-use, online guide to high-impact state and local housing policies developed by the Center for Housing Policy.
  • is developed and maintained by the Center for Housing Policy, the research affiliate of the National Housing Conference. We greatly appreciate the support of’s funders, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
  • The website has 5 main sections: (1) Getting Started, where users can learn about what affordable housing is, who needs it & why; (2) the Toolbox, where users can find the main policy content and case studies; (3) Building a Strategy, which provides guidance and examples on putting these policies into a comprehensive housing strategy that works for your community; (4) the Gallery of Affordable Homes which showcases images of attractive affordable homes throughout the country; and (5) the Forum, which is the interactive part of the site where Forum members can pose questions and share ideas and best practices The colored tabs at the top of each page on allow for easy access to each of these 5 sections, wherever you are on the site. We also have some special features highlighted on the home page, including: A to Z Search (in the upper right) Our featured podcast, The In Focus page, which features a different topic each month and highlights new material on the site
  • The Getting Started section provides information that would be helpful to those who are new to housing policy, as well as answers that can help you frame responses to constituent questions. Throughout the site, you’ll see footnotes that reference research evidence, so you don’t just have to take our word for it. In the Getting Started section, you can find answers to many basic questions about affordable housing, such as “What is affordable housing?”; “Why is housing growing less affordable?”; “How can we increase housing options for working families?”; “What can government agencies do?”; and “Won’t more housing just overburden our public facilities?”
  • In the Getting Started section, you can find answers to many basic questions about affordable housing, such as “What is affordable housing?”; “Why is housing growing less affordable?”; “How can we increase housing options for working families?”; “What can government agencies do?”; and “Won’t more housing just overburden our public facilities?”
  • The toolbox contains a wealth of policy examples, tips, and case studies. It is organized into 4 smaller toolkits that address (a) steps that states and localities can take to increase the availability of homes for families at all income levels; (b) meeting the housing needs of older adults, completed in partnership with AARP, (c) making homes more resistant to natural disasters, a section created in partnership with WeatherPredict consulting, and (d) a section on preventing foreclosures and stabilizing neighborhoods, which links to our sister-site Ways to find a policy: (1) Browsing through the toolkits – this helps you home in on policies that meet your needs (2) Clicking the “All Roles and Policies” link in the Quick Links box (also note that people working at the state level can find key state roles in the Quick Links box) (3) Or you can use the A to Z / Search, found in the banner of every page
  • The 22 high-impact policies you can learn about in the Toolbox include making publicly-owned land available, adopting expedited permitting policies, inclusionary zoning, employer-assisted housing, shared equity, and foreclosure prevention.
  • Meeting the Housing Needs of Older Adults can be achieved through a variety of policies. We’ll look a little further at one of these: Provide Affordable and Accessible Transportation Options
  • This is the overview page that describes rezoning policies. Note the icons in the upper right. These link are handy tools (feedback, printing, and e-mailing) We try to keep the text jargon-free, and link to the glossary if readers may need help understanding an unfamiliar term. Real world examples can be found for each policy.
  • Each policy section delves into greater levels of detail as you continue clicking. Navigation tools, including a breadcrumb trail, clickable headings, and hyperlinked outlines of each section make it easy to keep track of progress.
  • Three icons in the upper right of every page provide handy tools: (1) Click the lightbulb icon to send us feedback – whether it is more examples, comments, or corrections, we want to incorporate your feedback to make this site a useful tool for communities nationwide. (2) Click the printer icon to print a single page, or an entire policy section. (3) Click the envelope icon to e-mail a page to colleague.
  • Building a Strategy is divided into 6 sections: The First 4 deal with creating a plan – an overview of what it is, information about setting goals, creating the plan itself, and tips for making the plan a success. The 5 th section contains profiles of housing plans in a variety of communities, at the state, county, and municipal level. And the final section, Connections, explores the ways in which housing policy is related to other key social goals such as education, health, and smart growth.
  • Building a Strategy answers questions such as “Why does my community need a comprehensive housing strategy?” and provides guidance and examples to help create a plan that is successful and considers housing’s impact on a broad range of community needs.
  • Users can browse images of real affordable homes in the Gallery. Results can be filtered to see homes in a specific region of the country; rental, homeowner, or mixed renter and owner developments; or homes in urban, suburban, or rural areas. All of the images you see are of affordable homes in communities across the country. We welcome your submissions for inclusion in the Gallery. Just click on the light bulb icon to contact us!
  • That’s the end of this brief overview of Please browse through the site and contact us if you have any questions about how to find what you need on Got a bright idea or an example to share? Click on the light bulb or the “contact us” links on to submit your feedback. Want to stay updated about major additions to the site? Click on Join at the bottom of any page. Thank you!
  • SSC2011_Emily Salomon PPT

    1. 1. Transportation Policy and Location-Efficient Development for an Aging Country Solutions for Sustainable Communities September 27, 2011 Emily Salomon, Research Associate
    2. 2. Welcome to Your online guide to state and local housing policy
    3. 3. <ul><li> is an online guide to state and local housing policy developed and maintained by the Center for Housing Policy , the research affiliate of the National Housing Conference . </li></ul><ul><li>The purpose of is to collect and provide examples of proven solutions for expanding the availability of homes for working families and others in your community. </li></ul><ul><li> was developed with the generous support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation . </li></ul><ul><li>NOTE: Any opinions expressed on, as well as any errors or omissions on the site, are those of the Center for Housing Policy only and do not necessarily reflect the positions of any funder or other entity. </li></ul>What is ?
    4. 4. 5 Main Sections Plus Special Features 1 2 3 4  Listen! ↑ Search  In Focus 5
    5. 5. The Getting Started section answers basic questions about affordable housing – what it is, who needs it, and why. <ul><li>Sample Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Drop-down menus allow users to navigate Q&As. </li></ul><ul><li>The full text of all </li></ul><ul><li>Q&As is available here. </li></ul>“ Why Not” responds to some common constituent  concerns.
    6. 6. <ul><li>What </li></ul><ul><li>What is &quot;affordable housing&quot;? </li></ul><ul><li>What is &quot;subsidized&quot; housing? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is eligible to live in subsidized housing? </li></ul><ul><li>What is &quot;workforce housing&quot;? </li></ul><ul><li>Why </li></ul><ul><li>Why is decent, affordable housing important? </li></ul><ul><li>Why is there still an affordability problem? </li></ul><ul><li>Which is more important -- rental homes or homeownership? </li></ul><ul><li>How </li></ul><ul><li>How can we increase housing options for working families? </li></ul><ul><li>What can state and local governments do? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do I find housing data for my community? </li></ul><ul><li>How can my community fund its affordable housing efforts? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we ensure that &quot;affordable housing&quot; stays affordable? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we provide housing for those with special needs? </li></ul><ul><li>What strategies work best in rural areas and weak markets? </li></ul><ul><li>Where can I learn more about affordable housing solutions? </li></ul><ul><li>How does the government support homeownership? </li></ul><ul><li>Who </li></ul><ul><li>What can government agencies do? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the roles & responsibilities of the private sector? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the roles & responsibilities of the nonprofit sector? </li></ul><ul><li>Why Not </li></ul><ul><li>Will affordable housing decrease nearby property values? </li></ul><ul><li>Won't more housing just overburden our public facilities? </li></ul><ul><li>Isn't attracting jobs more important than providing housing? </li></ul>Questions answered in the Getting Started section:
    7. 8. All roles and policies in the Affordability Toolkit : <ul><li>Expand Development Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Make Publicly-Owned Land Available for Affordable Homes </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate the Reuse of Abandoned, Vacant, and Tax-Delinquent Properties </li></ul><ul><li>Expand the Supply of Homes through Rezonings </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce Red Tape </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure Zoning Policies Support a Diversity of Housing Types </li></ul><ul><li>Adopt Expedited Permitting and Review Policies </li></ul><ul><li>Revise Impact Fee Structures </li></ul><ul><li>Adopt &quot;Rehab Codes&quot; to Facilitate Rehabilitation of Older Homes </li></ul><ul><li>Capitalize on Market Activity </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize Tax Increment Financing to Fund Affordable Homes </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulate Construction or Rehabilitation Through Tax Abatements </li></ul><ul><li>Create or Expand Dedicated Housing Trust Funds </li></ul><ul><li>Establish Inclusionary Zoning Requirements or Incentives </li></ul><ul><li>Use Cross-Subsidies to Support Mixed-Income Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Preserve and Recycle Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Preserve Affordable Rental Homes </li></ul><ul><li>Recycle Downpayment Assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Use Shared Equity Mechanisms to Preserve Homeownership Subsidies </li></ul><ul><li>Generate Capital </li></ul><ul><li>Expand the Use of the 4 Percent Low-Income Housing Tax Credit </li></ul><ul><li>Provide Pre-Development and Acquisition Financing </li></ul><ul><li>Support Housing Bond Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Use Housing Finance Agency Reserves for Affordable Homes </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage Employers' Commitment to Affordable Homes for Workers </li></ul><ul><li>Create or Expand Dedicated Housing Trust Funds </li></ul><ul><li>Help Residents Succeed </li></ul><ul><li>Expand Homeownership Education and Counseling </li></ul><ul><li>Prevent Foreclosures and Help Affected Renters and Owners </li></ul>
    8. 9. All roles and policies in the Older Adults Toolkit : <ul><li>Provide Accessible, Safe, and Affordable Homes </li></ul><ul><li>Build or Modify Homes to Universal Design or Visitability Standards </li></ul><ul><li>Weatherize Homes to Improve Energy-Efficiency and Reduce Utility Costs </li></ul><ul><li>Create and Preserve a Range of Affordable Housing Options </li></ul><ul><li>Improve Access to Social Services and Transportation Options </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting Existing Homes with Social Services </li></ul><ul><li>Provide Affordable and Accessible Transportation Options </li></ul><ul><li>Support Housing Models Geared to Older Adults </li></ul><ul><li>Expand the Supply of Affordable Supportive Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Offer Adult Foster Care to Provide Services in Private Residences </li></ul><ul><li>Build Mutual Support through Creation of Cohousing Communities </li></ul>
    9. 10. All roles in the Disaster-Resistant Housing Toolkit : Promote “Smarter and Safer” Building and Rehabilitation Practices Improve Community Regulations and Planning Strategies Finance Efforts to Make Homes More Resistant to Natural Disasters Link Efforts to Improve Disaster Resistance and Energy Efficiency All roles on Understand Why Foreclosures Matter Develop a Coordinated Response Strategy Prevent Foreclosure, Keep Families in Their Homes Secure and Maintain Vacant Properties Help Bring Foreclosed Properties Back Into Use Help Owner and Renter Families Recover
    10. 11. The policies that fulfill each role in the Toolbox contain lessons learned, case studies, analysis, and key resources. Click on any of these to learn about each policy and see case studies 
    11. 12. Handy tools for feedback, printing, and e-mailing ↓ Click on unfamiliar terms to open the glossary ↓  See examples of housing policies  Footnote
    12. 13. Clickable  heading to move back to the main pages Breadcrumb trail to show you  where you are  Outline of this policy section
    13. 14. Special Icons These icons appear in the upper right corner of every page of Click on the lightbulb to submit feedback, ideas, or examples to help us improve and expand the coverage of Click on the printer icon for the option to print either the current page or, in the Toolbox section, the entire policy section. Click on the envelope icon to email the page you are viewing to a friend or colleague.
    14. 15. The Building a Strategy section describes how to put individual policies together to form a comprehensive housing strategy. The first 4 boxes cover the essentials of building a comprehensive housing strategy:   Learn about the connections between housing policy and other key social goals. ↑ Find profiles of housing plans from around the country.  Jump to the complete text of this section.
    15. 16. Topics covered in the Building a Strategy section: <ul><li>Overview </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>What is a comprehensive housing strategy? </li></ul><ul><li>Why does my community need one? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is responsible for preparing it? </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t we already have a comprehensive housing strategy? </li></ul><ul><li>Setting Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>What problems should a housing strategy address? </li></ul><ul><li>What data and analysis are needed to inform the goals-setting process? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we develop specific policy objectives for our housing strategy? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we need specific numerical goals? </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Assembling a housing taskforce </li></ul><ul><li>Gathering and analyzing information </li></ul><ul><li>Setting goals </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluating existing policies and programs </li></ul><ul><li>Developing recommendations for new and improved policies and programs </li></ul><ul><li>Targeting state and local funding </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring progress </li></ul><ul><li>Ingredients for Success </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Twelve ingredients for success </li></ul><ul><li>Housing Plan Profiles </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Alphabetical List of Profiles </li></ul><ul><li>Find Plans by Jurisdiction Type </li></ul><ul><li>Find Plans by Scope: Broad or Focused </li></ul><ul><li>Connections Between Housing and Other Policy Areas </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Improving educational outcomes for our children </li></ul><ul><li>Improving health outcomes for children and families </li></ul><ul><li>Improving standards of living for working families </li></ul><ul><li>Improving livability and reducing sprawl </li></ul>
    16. 17. The Gallery of Affordable Homes showcases images of attractive, affordable homes throughout the country.  Browse all images, or search the Gallery
    17. 18. Visit the clickable map of policies by state to look for examples in your area.
    18. 19. Got an idea for Contact us! Your feedback is the key to making this site a valuable tool for communities nationwide. To submit feedback, click on the light bulb in the upper right of any page, the Contact Us link in the lower left of any page, or just send an email to [email_address] . Click on Join at the bottom right of any page to sign up for updates. is developed and maintained by the Center for Housing Policy , the research affiliate of the National Housing Conference . Questions? Contact us at .