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On-line discussion of inclusionary zoning resources

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  • asha.weinstein@sjsu.edu
    ... Nearly 200 affordable housing leaders from across the country met in Washington, DC October 5-7 to talk about inclusionary zoning, one of the most
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 11, 2005
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      ----- Forwarded by Asha Weinstein/SJSU on 11/11/2005 11:07 AM -----

      Nearly 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 tool 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>http://listserver.policylink.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/inclusionary_housing to join.)

      Finding housing that is affordable, safe, and that provides access to opportunity is one of the biggest challenges facing families, especially in low-income communities and communities of color. City and suburban officials and community leaders across the country are adopting inclusionary zoning ordinances ­often as the result of advocacy efforts by residents­to make affordable housing available to residents at a wide variety of income levels, often serving extremely low- to moderate-income households.

      Inclusionary zoning is being used as an important local housing tool to preserve and create mixed-income communities in hundreds of cities throughout the nation­including Boston, New York, San Diego, and San Francisco­and 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.

      For PolicyLink resources on inclusionary zoning and affordable housing, visit <http://www.policylink.org/Projects/IZ/>http://www.policylink.org/Projects/IZ/

      Patricia Baron Pollak, Ph.D.
      Cornell University
      Associate Professor, Policy Analysis and Management
      Director, Graduate Community and Rural Development program
      PBP3@...
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