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Release of the National League of Cities’ Affordable Housing Report

July 10, 2019
The National League of Cities (NLC) just released a comprehensive affordable housing report entitled, “Homeward Bound: The Road to Affordable Housing”.
The report focuses on the challenges and solutions communities large and small are using to address the nation’s growing affordable housing crisis with cities, towns, and villages on the front lines.
Reflecting the collaborative work of over 20 bipartisan community leaders on NLC’s housing taskforce, the report offers several policy actions and gives a comprehensive overview of the history and factors behind the crisis, as well as case studies from cities launching innovative solutions and recommendations from experts. Taskforce members represent a wide array of cities and regions across the county. Representing California as taskforce members are Carolyn Coleman, executive director of the League of California Cities and Libby Schaaf, mayor of Oakland.
The report highlights a set of five national housing policy recommendations:
  • Immediately stabilize and stem the loss of public and affordable housing
  • Follow emergency intervention with passage of a long-term, stand-alone federal housing bill that authorizes ten years of new funding for pilot programs that advance housing for all
  • Support innovation and modernization of land-use and planning at the local and regional levels
  • Fix inequities in housing development and the housing finance system
  • Support scalable innovation and financing for cities, towns, and villages
 Additionally, the report included five local recommendations:
  • Establish local programs by combining funding and financing streams to support housing goals
  • Modernize local land use policies, including zoning and permitting, to rebalance housing supply and demand
  • Identify and engage broadly with local stakeholders, and coordinate across municipal boundaries, to develop a plan to provide housing opportunities for all
  • Support the needs of distinct sub-populations including the homeless, seniors, and persons with conviction histories.
  • Prioritize equitable outcomes in housing decisions as it is an essential component for success

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