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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 Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2014
Level City or Town
State(s) Massachusetts
Source City of Boston
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Finance & Procurement, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
The City of Boston provided a concise guide and checklist for small business owners to navigate the permitting process and the Boston Business Hub. It covers various permitting and licensing requirements for different business types, including zoning, building, fire, health, and entertainment...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Housing
Small residential and commercial rental properties owned by individual landlords are important to the diversity and adaptability of cities as a whole. The owners of small rental properties face challenges, many due to economies of scale, in areas like energy efficiency and building...

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 Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Housing, Public Safety
Solar hasn’t been available to everyone. The majority of Angelenos, who are renters, have been excluded from the solar market and resulting savings. LADWP historically has lacked renter oriented solar programs. These barriers have resulted in disparities in who has access to solar...

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 Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2015
Level County
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Housing, Public Safety
This report discusses the foreclosure situation in Ohio, highlighting that foreclosure rates still exceed pre-recession levels. It recommends continuing efforts to combat foreclosure, and emphasizes the effectiveness of foreclosure counseling, funding the demolishing of blighted homes,...

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 2021
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) Connecticut
Source The Center for Popular Democracy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Housing, Health
Connecticut’s Latinx and immigrant communities are being disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Make the Road Connecticut (MRCT) launched an impact survey to more fully understand key issues facing people of color and immigrants related to employment, housing, health,...

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 Executive Order
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Office of the Mayor San Francisco
Policy Areas Housing
An executive order extending Section 1 of the Twelfth Supplement to the Proclamation imposing protections for residential tenants, including a temporary moratorium on eviction for non-payment of rent by residential tenants directly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and a temporary moratorium...

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 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;...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) Arizona, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Community Development, Housing, Transportation & Mobility
This study compares the performance of residential and commercial property sales near fixed-guideway stations with areas without public transit access between 2012 and 2016 in seven regions: Boston; Eugene, Oregon; Hartford, Connecticut; Los Angeles; Minneapolis–St. Paul; Phoenix;...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level County, City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Government Finance Review
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Housing
Mixed-use, high-density development produces greater revenues per acre than low-density patterns. This report highlights how suburban areas generate less tax revenue than urban areas but incur higher public costs and consume more land. It recommends that municipalities reinvest in...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
Property tax circuit breakers provide households with direct property tax relief that increases as household income declines. In addition to analyzing the advantages of circuit breakers, this report outlines the basic types of property tax circuit breakers and examines whether eligibility...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States, Illinois
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Community Development, Housing, Data & Technology
The CNT's Housing + Transportation Affordability Index examines the impact of local efficiency on transportation costs and overall affordability in 337 US metropolitan areas. This report uses publicly available interactive tools developed by CNT to show that transportation costs are...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Wisconsin Policy Forum
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Housing
This report outlines the scope and scale of Milwaukee's affordable housing programs and initiatives, the people they serve, their finances, and their sustainability and/or expansion. Programs and initiatives include rent assistance, permanent supportive housing, eviction prevention...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) Minnesota
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety, Democracy & Governance
A notice to new tenants summarizing key voting information including election dates and registration options....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Roosevelt Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Housing
This report urges policymakers to implement policies that tackle the rising cost of rent. In particular, states and cities should fund a major increase in the supply of affordable housing, adopt new forms of zoning regulation that can enable the increase in supply of affordable housing,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level National
State(s) All States
Source People's Action
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance, Community Development, Housing
A Homes Guarantee outlines that everyone living in the United States should have safe, accessible, sustainable, and permanently affordable housing. This proposal outlines steps the federal government needs to take to eradicate housing insecurity and homelessness in America; these...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town, County, Other Boards and Agencies, City or Town, School District
State(s) All States
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
This report evaluates the impact of shale industry development in Carroll County, Ohio and argues for policies that optimize the benefits and mitigate costs in the community. Recommendations include the increased taxation of the shale industry, the establishment of local task forces,...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2021
Level State
State(s) California
Source California Housing Partnership
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Housing
Housing in California has been setting record prices for years now. Rental prices have also reached unprecedented levels sparking concerns about living costs. This policy brief highlights the reality of rental cost burdens for Californians who earn less than their county's median...

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