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Housing Solutions
State and Local Housing Policy

Publications in this section highlight tools and strategies for addressing housing affordability challenges in your community.  The Center’s housing solutions resources cover a broad range of topics – from state and local policies to preserve and expand the supply of affordable homes to efforts to meet the housing needs of older adults or families in areas vulnerable to natural disasters.


Feb 3, 2015
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Public Land & Affordable Housing in the Washington, DC Region: Best Practices and Recommendations

Robert Hickey and Lisa Sturtevant

Reducing the land costs of a residential project can be a valuable way to foster housing affordability for lower-income residents in the Washington, DC metro area. Given the region’s strong economy, growing population, and shortage of available land in desirable locations, the Washington, DC area is home to some of the highest land costs nationwide, making it difficult to build housing that is priced at levels affordable to low- and moderate-income households. By offering publicly owned land at reduced or no cost to developers, communities can reduce overall development costs significantly and make affordable housing possible with much lower direct public subsidy.

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Keywords: Affordable Housing, Public Land


Sep 23, 2011
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Local Policy Options to Support Sustainable and Equitable Development

Rebecca Cohen

Briefs in this series present options available at the local, regional, and state levels for creating and preserving affordable housing in areas where transportation costs are likely to be low. 

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Sep 23, 2011
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Regional Policy Options to Support Sustainable and Equitable Development

Rebecca Cohen

Briefs in this series present options available at the local, regional, and state levels for creating and preserving affordable housing in areas where transportation costs are likely to be low. 

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Sep 23, 2011
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State Policy Options to Support Sustainable and Equitable Development

Rebecca Cohen

Briefs in this series present options available at the local, regional, and state levels for creating and preserving affordable housing in areas where transportation costs are likely to be low. 

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Aug 4, 2011
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The Economic and Fiscal Benefits of Affordable Housing

Rebecca Cohen, Keith Wardrip

Drawing on literature reviews published by the Center for Housing Policy in January 2011, this Planning Commissioners’ Journal article outlines the various ways in which affordable housing can create jobs, increase tax revenues, and generally foster economic growth. The article also includes an overview of several effective state and local strategies for developing affordable housing.

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Keywords: Housing and Economic Development, State and Local Housing Policy