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Inclusionary Housing: Creating and Maintaining Equitable Communities

For cities struggling to maintain economic integration, inclusionary housing is one of the most promising strategies for ensuring the benefits of development are shared widely. However, policies must be designed carefully to suit local conditions and guarantee that requirements do not overburden development.

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Key take-aways:

  • Inclusionary housing programs produce a modest yet steady supply of new affordable housing resources.
  • Because inclusionary housing programs generally preserve long-term affordability, the pool of local inclusionary units can grow steadily into a significant share of an area’s housing stock.
  • Inclusionary housing is one of the few proven strategies for locating affordable housing in asset-rich neighborhoods where residents are likely to benefit from access to quality schools, public services, and better jobs.

This 68-page policy report was published in September 2015 by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. It was written by Rick Jacobus.

Through a review of the literature and case studies, this report details how local governments are realizing the potential of inclusionary housing by building public support, using data to inform program design, establishing reasonable expectations for developers, and ensuring long-term program quality.

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