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Housing Plan Profile: Arizona

Plan title: Arizona Incentives for Affordable Housing Task Force Final Report, more information on the State Department of Housing website.

Issued: June 2006

Overview: The task force that wrote this plan was convened in December 2005 at Governor Napolitano's direction following her veto of SB1477, a bill that would have prohibited inclusionary zoning in Arizona. This plan is an attempt to identify alternative strategies to create affordable housing, agreeable to task force members representing an array of interests. Actions in the plan are divided into two categories: short-term objectives to be accomplished within six months, some for presentation to the Arizona State Legislature, and long-term activities requiring further consideration and time for implementation. Activities are organized under the categories of Finance, Barriers and Incentives, Education, and Land/Land Planning, with an emphasis in each category on building new partnerships and resources, providing leadership, and reducing red tape.

Photo courtesy of Arizona Department of Housing

Selected Strategies:

Financing Sources Identified:


Written by the Arizona Incentives for Affordable Housing Task Force, appointed by the Arizona Department of Housing and Housing Commission; taskforce meetings facilitated by Dr. Kent Colton of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, with research and technical support from Dr. Kil Huh and Chris Morton of the Fannie Mae Foundation.

The lead agency is the Arizona Department of Housing and Arizona Housing Commission; other public partners identified in the plan include the Greater Arizona Development Authority, Water Infrastructure Finance Authority, League of Arizona Cities and Towns, Arizona Department of Commerce, Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Transportation, Department of Land, Department of Corrections, Office of the State Treasurer, Department of Revenue, and municipal representatives from across the state

The timeline includes 6-month "short term�€� goals, and long term goals. Production goals and target populations are not specified.