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Affordable Housing

Physical redevelopment, especially affordable housing, is fundamental to the recovery of places stung by years of disinvestment and decline. New construction and preservation efforts eliminate vacant, blighted properties and clean up environmentally contaminated land.

Quality, affordable homes help families put down roots and--by putting rents and mortgages within their reach--ensure they have more disposable income to spend on local goods and services.  A more stable residential base supports growing neighborhood businesses, and a better physical environment helps drive neighborhood safety while attracting additional private investment.

The built environment is critical to a healthy Sustainable Community.  It is the most visible evidence of new growth and opportunity, and it fuels wider related gains that have a lasting impact.

News Articles

Read our coverage of Affordable Housing in the In The News section of this website.

Practitioner Resources

The Affordable Housing resources are organized into these categories:

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Enterprise Adds to Body of Knowledge on Joint Ventures
New guidebook explains how joint ventures can help developers produce affordable housing
Gentrification Explained
Video resource helps demystify gentrification and the forces that cause it
Gentrification Can’t Be the Theme of Rust Belt City Recovery
Article explores how developers in legacy cities attempt to balance neighborhood improvements with the threat of displacement
Anchor Institutions Open Doors in Their Communities
Examples and advice from LISC’s experience partnering with anchor institutions for community revitalization – Part 1 of 2
Using Data to Assess Fair Housing
Urban Institute guide helps community organizations use data for fair housing planning, assessment and advocacy
Addressing Problem Properties and Their Impacts
Strategies for communities affected by abandoned buildings and vacant lots
Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD): Best Practices for Today and Tips for the Future (Archived Webinar)
Expert advice on making RAD deals work from LISC Housing, National Equity Fund and Community Development Trust
QAP: Fundamentals and Recent Trends - Archived Webinar
This webinar covered the importance of the Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) to affordable housing as well as recent trends in state QAPs to consider in planning development practices.
New from HUD - Section 236 Preservation Guide
New guide presents financing and rent payment options to help owners preserve Section 236 properties as affordable homes.
HUD Releases Fair Housing Resources
HUD releases resources to help practitioners comply with the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule.
Land Banks: How Data Transforms Vacancy Into Value
Watch this recorded webinar to learn how land banks use data to revitlaize communities
Working With Lots: A Field Guide
Vacant lots never looked so good.
Supporting Veterans' Housing - Today and Every Day
In honor of Veterans' Day, a collection of resources that can help us help those who served
Making Inclusionary Housing More Flexible: Four Ideas for Urban Settings
Center for Housing Policy brief examines ideas for improving the flexibility of inclusionary housing, while also promoting mixed-income neighborhoods.
Land Banks and Land Banking 2nd Edition
Center for Community Progress releases updated 2nd edition of Land Banks and Land Banking .
"Asset Management and the Survival of Nonprofit Owners"
An asset management expert describes common challenges and how CDCs can overcome them.
"Supporting Childhood Wellness through Healthy, Affordable Housing"
Paseo Verde, a mixed-income development in Philadelphia, supports children’s health through green design, an on-site health center and pharmacy, and social service programs.
"Looking Out: LISC New York City’s Holistic Approach to the Multifamily Weatherization Assistance Program"
A 40-page report on a program that weatherized 2,226 apartments in New York City over two years, highlighting what was done, results and recommendations.
Webinar: Community Development = Healthy Neighborhoods
This webinar covers the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps model, green cleaning in affordable housing, and how the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corp. has approached health in their work.
Two Shades of Green Property Management Strategies
These practical guides for property managers and owners include case studies of innovative and cost-effective ways to integrate water retrofits, green cleaning and smoke-free housing.
LISC Experts Online: Water Efficiency in Multifamily Housing - The How-to of H2O
Hear housing owners and managers share how they are assessing portfolios and employing measures to conserve water, save money, and accrue additional benefits that extend beyond cost savings.
Experts Online: Mitigating Construction Risk
Webinar with construction management veterans that covers everything from selecting a design team to the best practices for closing out a job.
"Ground Control"
A article on how land banks can help with affordable housing developers' toughest challenge—acquiring the sites to build on or preserve.
"Strengthening Economic Self-Sufficiency Programs: How Housing Authorities Can Use Behavioral and Cognitive Science to Improve Programs"
This report argues public housing authorities can use behavioral science research to decide which self-sufficiency programs to pursue that will best fit the needs of low-income households.
"The Coffelt Case: A Case Study of the Coffelt-Lamoreaux Public Housing Redevelopment HIA"
This case study explains how a Health Impact Assessment informed a public housing site's redevelopment plans and covers issues including access to healthy food and physical activity.

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