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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level National
State(s) All States
Source The Center for Popular Democracy
Policy Areas Housing
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread unemployment, millions of Americans are facing eviction, or are taking on unsustainable debt, dipping into savings, and cutting food and medications to afford rent. The federal government must make housing policy central to any COVID-19...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility, Housing, Community Development
Traditional measures of housing affordability exclude transportation costs. Using their Housing + Transportation index, CNT finds that the number of communities considered affordable drops dramatically when the definition of affordability shifts from a focus on housing costs alone...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Regional Open Space and Affordable Housing Collaborative
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Health, Public Spaces
This guide outlines how coordinating affordable housing development with park expansions can help municipal park agencies serve low-income households without raising concerns about gentrification and displacement. It recommends targeting these coordinated projects in transit-rich...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Housing, Public Safety
This report analyzes the state of foreclosure filings in Ohio in 2015 and discusses the consequences of foreclosures on families, neighborhoods, and local governments. The report reveals that while foreclosure filings have declined, they remain times higher than pre-subprime lending...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source National Low Income Housing Coalition
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Housing
Rents are rising faster than wages, and tenants in many states are burdened by the end of pandemic-era benefits programs that had helped dampen a hostile national housing market. This report examines disparities between wages and rental housing prices across the country and finds...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Wisconsin Policy Forum
Policy Areas Community Development, Housing
The Amani Housing Pilot aims to take a comprehensive and community-engaged approach to improve housing on one block in Milwaukee's Amani neighborhood. This report outlines the pilot's objectives, funding mechanisms, and partnerships; analyzes where the project has met its objectives...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Education, Housing
Public housing agencies (PHAs) can use effective education and outreach strategies to recruit and retain Housing Choice Voucher landlords. This guide outlines best practices for establishing relationships between landlords, tenants and PHAs through education and outreach, and provides...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Health
Local policy is more likely to generate lasting change if it responds to the needs and priorities of local residents and is grounded in their lived experiences. However, some state legislatures are using the legal doctrine of preemption to block local policy innovations. This report...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) District of Columbia
Source Building Bridges Across the River
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Housing, Public Spaces
The 11th Street Bridge Park will expand pedestrian mobility, incorporate educational resources, and provide a public venue for arts and cultural programming. This equitable development plan outlines the project's community engagement emphasis and highlights its strategies for developing...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Power Switch Action
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Housing
Rent stabilization policies are essential to protect tenants from being exploited, displaced, or forced to forgo food, food childcare, or healthcare to cover housing costs. This toolkit outlines how local governments can implement a rent stabilization ordinance that covers as many...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year -
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Housing
There are six types of local housing markets: high opportunity cities, growing cities, rent-burdened cities, multi-family deficit cities, wealth pocket cities, and transit-desiring cities. This report defines the demographic and economic characteristics that define each local housing...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, National
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Housing
Across the United States, subsidized and affordably priced homes for rental and homeownership are disappearing. This report analyzes the factors that caused the nation's housing crisis, provides case studies of cities spearheading innovative housing policies, and outlines recommendations...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State
State(s) California
Source California Housing Partnership
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Housing
Racial segregation has blocked access to housing and pathway to homeownership. This report argues that to address this injustice, California must make substantial efforts to distribute funding to mitigate the racial wealth gap, through policy focused on increasing housing choice and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source PolicyLink
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Housing, Public Safety
This report offers evidence as to why rent control is a sensible and necessary strategy to address the renter crisis, describes the benefits of rent control, and shares policy recommendations to bring rent control to our communities....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Department of Public Health
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Health, Housing, Public Safety
This report features a Health Impact Assessment of Measure JJJ on affordable housing, inclusionary zoning, and labor standards for the city of Los Angeles. It includes analysis of potential impacts of transit-oriented communities overlay and value capture policies....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Wisconsin Policy Forum
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Housing
This report examines market characteristics and barriers to affordable and workforce housing development in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. It outlines the extent of affordable housing development in the county over past years, financing approaches, and best practices for increasing the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Housing
This report offers an introduction to the community land trust (CLT) model for housing. It also sheds light on the benefits CLTs bring to both residents and cities (including their role in closing the homeownership gap, improving access to affordable housing, and advancing racial...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Lincoln Institue of Land Policy
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Housing
This report examines the causes and consequences of rising housing costs and provides a framework for local governments to create and preserve affordable units, reduce barriers to new units, help households access private market housing, and protect against displacement and poor living...

Type Article
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) District of Columbia
Source D.C. Policy Center
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
This article covers the benefits of imposing a land-value tax in the District of Columbia on commercial and residential development. It recommends implementing a land value tax in mixed-use zones that show high opportunities for redevelopment. ...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2007
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Energy, Economic Justice, Environment & Natural Resources, Housing
This report examines the impact of weatherization programs on climate change mitigation and the development of a green economy, and creation of green infrastructure. The report provides insights into the economic development, utilities costs, and workforce force implications of weatherization...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Drexel University
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Housing
Progressive cities should embrace redistributive policies and community organizing to increase equality in employment, affordable housing, and public transportation, and mitigate adverse environmental impacts. This report examines systemic inequities and provides progressive solutions...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2013
Level City or Town, City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Puget Sound Regional Council
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Community Development, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Transportation & Mobility
"Social equity" means all people can attain the resources and opportunities that improve their quality of life and enable them to reach their full potential. Addressing the history of inequities in the systems we work in and their on-going impacts in our communities is a shared responsibility....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source SPARCC
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Housing
Renters are often first and worst hit as housing prices rise, displacement and natural disasters worsen and affordable places to live become scarce. In response to these challenges, cities and advocates are accelerating implementation of tenant and renter protections: policies that...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source U.C. Berkeley Center For Labor Research and Education
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety, Democracy & Governance
This report outlines the provisions of the community benefit agreement signed between the City of San Francisco, local unions, and community organizations with the developers of the Hunters Point Shipyard and Candlestick Point Development Project. The CBA includes union rights, living...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Wisconsin Policy Forum
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Housing
Nonprofit and private organizations are playing an important role in combating Milwaukee's housing challenges. Through a series of surveys and interviews, this report outlines which organizations are most active in efforts to maintain and increase affordable housing supply and access;...

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