Toolkit for Affordable Housing

The Toolkit is a compilation of policies and planning tools local governments can use to preserve and promote affordable housing development in their respective communities. The Toolkit was developed as a response to local leaders' concerns for the need to have more housing affordable to individuals in the public and service sectors of the economy. Because local governments play a major role in influencing the local housing market, their programs and policies should encourage a vibrant economy by providing housing options affordable to a diverse population.

The best practices in the Toolkit give specific information and resources about how local governments apply planning tools and policies in the context of housing. The Toolkit examines how these best practices are structured and applied locally within the metropolitan Washington region and throughout the country. The Toolkit is designed to be a resource for elected officials, nonprofit and for profit developers, the business community, neighborhood organizations, housing advocates, religious institutions, and the general public. The Toolkit elements focus on a wide range of local government approaches to affordable housing, depending on the unique needs of a community. The eight sections are divided into the following affordable housing topics: policies and programs, preservation, design, financial tools, homeowner assistance, rental assistance housing for special needs, and education/advocacy.

Best Practices

The Toolkit for Affordable Housing is a compilation of policies and planning tools local governments can use to preserve and promote affordable housing development in their respective communities. Pictured below, is an interactive resource directory featuring some commonly used policies and programs included in the toolkit. This interactive resource directory features additional examples of how these popular affordable housing programs are used in the Metropolitan Washington region and throughout the nation. Click on the program itself or scroll over the house below to navigate through the featured examples.

Inclusionary Zoning

Expedited Permitting

Density Bonuses

Housing Rehabilitation Programs

Expiring Use of Federal Subsidies

Adaptive Reuse

 

 

Inclusionary Zoning Affordable Green Building Affordable Housing Trust Fund Density Bonuses Expedited Permitting Housing Rehabilitation Programs Empiring Use of Federal Subsidies Local Dedicated Revenue Source Adaptive Reuse Community Land Trusts Home Purchase Assistance

Affordable Green Building

Housing Trust Funds

Dedicated Revenue Source

Home Purchase Assistance

Community Land Trust

 

 

 

Toolkit for Affordable Housing Development (2 MB pdf file)

The Partnership would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting the Toolkit and Affordable Housing Outreach Campaign

Enterprise Community Partners
Fannie Mae Foundation
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
Meyer Foundation
Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Prince Charitable Trusts
SunTrust Bank

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