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    ... From: Kalima Rose Over 200 affordable housing leaders from across the country met in Washington, DC October 5-7 to talk about
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 14, 2005
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      ----- 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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