New discussion group on inclusionary zoning
----- Forwarded by Asha Weinstein/SJSU on 10/14/2005 08:40 AM -----
From: "Kalima Rose" <krose@...>
Over 200 affordable housing leaders from across the country met in Washington, DC October 5-7 to talk about inclusionary zoning, one of the most promising tools available for creating mixed-income communities and offering housing choices for American families. PolicyLink is launching an online discussion group as a way to continue to share information and strategies that emerged from the event and that can help win and expand inclusionary zoning. (Go to
http://listserver.policylink.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/inclusionary_housing to join.)
Inclusionary zoning is being used as an important local housing tool to preserve and create mixed-income communities in hundreds of cities throughout the nation-including Boston, New York, San Diego, and San Francisco-and has secured tens of thousands of units of affordable housing as a result. The online discussion provides a way to learn from your peers about how to develop an IZ policy that balances community needs for affordable housing with the needs of developers to realize a return on investment.
* In gentrifying neighborhoods, affordable units provided by IZ can prevent displacement of longtime residents.
* In new and growing neighborhoods, IZ can ensure that affordability becomes part of the area's long-term plans.
* In expensive neighborhoods, IZ can provide housing opportunities for moderate-income families who may work there, but wouldn't otherwise be able to live there.
Be part of the conversation and enjoy these benefits:
* The latest news on inclusionary housing advances
* A virtual help line from your expert peers
* Inspiring strategies about what works in other communities that could help yours
Join the list for highlights from the Inclusionary Housing conference (co-sponsored by PolicyLink, Innovative Housing Institute, National Housing Conference, and Business and Professional People for the Public Interest).
For PolicyLink resources on inclusionary zoning and affordable housing, visit http://www.policylink.org/Projects/IZ/
We look forward to the conversation!
For more information, contact: Kalima Rose, Associate Director, PolicyLink, krose@..., 510-663-2333
Please distribute this announcement to as many allies continuing the effort to expand affordable housing as possible. Thank you.
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