What can a policy maker do to help?
Underscore housing as core to your policy making.
Value all voices in your housing discussions: developers, tenants, communities, and advocates. Adopt an integrated approach to policy making, keeping affordability, education, health, and transportation in mind when addressing housing. Consider policy changes that incentivize development at affordable price points and broaden housing options.
Make targeted investments to existing affordably-priced housing units to secure long-term affordability.
Engage business leaders in solutions.
Business leaders know the housing shortage is impacting their employees. Many are looking for a way to help and may have creative ideas for new solutions.
Affordability isn’t limited to one community. Collaborate with neighboring policy makers to ensure local policies advance affordability across the region.
- Read an example of a collaborative regional approach.