New Release: A Guidebook for Increasing Housing Affordability in the Greater Washington Region

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Housing Leaders Group of Greater Washington is pleased to announce the release of A Guidebook for Increasing Housing Affordability in the Greater Washington Region.

This Guidebook is a compilation of planning and policy tools that local governments, nonprofit and for-profit developers, and advocacy groups in the Greater Washington region are using—or could be using—to promote the production and preservation of housing that is affordable for all in the region. Challenges finding affordable housing in the region are not limited to people with very low incomes. With the exception of the very highest income households, individuals and families all along the income spectrum can face obstacles finding affordable and appropriate housing.

A successful local housing strategy must be wide-ranging, taking advantage of a broad set of tools available to local jurisdictions. This Guidebook is organized around the following areas: Land Use and Zoning Policies, Preservation Programs, Financial Tools, and Special Populations. However, many of the strategies included in this report could be included in more than one category, underscoring the interconnectedness of various approaches. A summary of tools implemented by each of the local jurisdictions is included at the end of the Guidebook.

This publication was produced by the Housing Leaders Group of Greater Washington (HLG). WRAG, along with Citi Community Development, Enterprise Community Partners, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, is a co-convener of the HLG.

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