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Inclusionary Housing: Secrets to Success

A new survey of unprecedented scale gives us insight into the diverse range what of inclusionary housing programs look like and which ones are successful.

Lasting Affordability Is the Path to Resilience

We now have a unique opportunity, generated by a combination of life-threatening conditions and focused political will stemming from the Black Lives Matter movement, to re-prioritize local housing policies and resources.

10 Ways to Talk About Inclusionary Housing, Differently

We need to talk about inclusionary housing in a different way that circumvents common misperceptions and creates a new narrative for policymakers in moderate markets and more conservative political climates. Here are 10 messages to help frame your conversations.

Massachusetts Strikes a Blow Against Exclusionary Zoning

Proposed state bill in Massachusetts boosts housing production, helps end exclusionary zoning.

Inclusionary Housing in Soft or Mixed Markets

The time to strike isn’t when the iron is hot. Cities in soft or mixed markets should adopt inclusionary housing policies before the housing market heats up and the process becomes even more challenging.

In California, a Victorious “Fix” for Inclusionary Housing

It’s time for more states to do what it takes to pass enabling legislation for inclusionary housing, adding this valuable policy tool to the fight for more affordable housing opportunities.

‘Do We Need Affordable Housing’ Is the Wrong Question to Ask

How we can help elected officials promote genuine community by ensuring inclusive, mixed-income housing.

CA’s Surprisingly Strong Stand in Support of Inclusionary Housing

In the whole string of related inclusionary housing decisions, what emerges is a story of a multi-decade coordinated effort by the real estate development industry to limit its reach.

Four Simple Fixes for Mandatory Inclusionary Housing

For the past two years I’ve worked as a housing lottery project manager for a small affordable housing developer and have found that, in spite of De Blasio’s bold initiative, the program often fails to efficiently and adequately serve the very people for which it has been designed.

Health Care Institutions Invest in Tenant Protections for Community Health

Health care institutions are expanding from funding development to supporting housing justice and tenant rights policy.

NYC Proposes Mandatory Inclusionary Housing, The “Times” Doesn’t Get It

Earlier this month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio released Housing New York, a ten-year plan to create...

Say It Ain’t So, Joe: Biden’s Ill-Advised Plan to Eliminate Exclusionary...

A counterintuitive argument contends that from a housing justice perspective, the Biden administration's attack on exclusionary zoning is imprudent.

YIMBYs: Friend, Foe, or Chaos Agent?

The relationship between pro-building “Yes in My Back Yard” activists, longtime housing advocates, and anti-displacement organizers varies across the country, but has often been fraught with difficulties. Is there a way forward?

Looking Back: Good Outcomes for Affordable Housing on Transit Land, Tenants...

In our next installment, we take a look at some positive outcomes—what happened with affordable housing on transit-owned land, cooperative agency work in Massachusetts that helped at-risk people, and the Minneapolis tenants who were facing eviction after court wins against their landlord.

How Engagement and Design Won Over Wary Neighbors

Despite initial opposition, a low-income housing community was built in an upscale subdivision in California.

Inclusionary Housing: A Critical Step Toward Equity

By Patrick Maier Inclusionary housing policies can harness the market in the name of equity. These policies, which require or incentivize the provision of affordable...

Data Says Inclusionary Housing Is in Fact Inclusionary

Review of Is Inclusionary Zoning Inclusionary?, by Heather L. Schwartz, Liisa Ecola, Kristin J. Leuschner, Aaron Kofner. Rand Corporation, 2012. Long time advocates of inclusionary...

Housing on the Political Agenda in U.S. Elections

No longer an issue that’s hard to rally people around, affordable housing—especially inclusionary housing—is getting talked about in local elections across the country.

Looking Back: Democratic Philanthropy, Newark on the Rise, the Surplus Land...

In this first installment of updates to Shelterforce articles of old, we find that market dynamics are different in many places we’ve written about, but many of the organizations fighting the good fight are continuing to do so, even in changed times.

Why Voters Haven’t Been Buying the Case for Building

It’s not because they’re stupid. If we want to convince people, we need to stop yelling and start listening.