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Housing Plan Profiles
Plan Profiles Introduction

In this section, we present profiles of 12 strategic housing plans that have been prepared -- and are in various stages of implementation -- by jurisdictions across the country. Plans were selected to represent different types of communities and levels of government, as well as to provide an indication of the diversity of approaches to development and implementation.

Use the browse categories below to find specific types of housing plans, or simply click through the profiles to learn about how communities across the country are putting the pieces together to create a comprehensive approach to increasing the availability of homes for working families.
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Find Plans by Jurisdiction Type

Housing strategies can be implemented at all levels of government, and in communities of all sizes:




More than 1 million

500,000 to 1 million

100,000 to 500,000

Less than 100,000

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Find Plans by Scope: Broad or Focused

Broad plans focus on a wide range of issues and may address, for example, homelessness and preservation of affordable rentals and first-time homeownership. Focused plans are more limited in scope and tend to hone in on a small range of issues.

Both approaches are equally important. For example, "Great Housing in Great Neighborhoods," Atlanta, Georgia's housing strategy, outlines steps for implementing recommendations decided upon in earlier visioning sessions. In this case, a focused plan makes sense for achieving clearly defined goals. In contrast, "Build Preserve Lead: A Housing Agenda for Chicago's Neighborhoods" brings together in one document the full spectrum of the City's housing activities. A broad plan is needed to capture the full range of programs.

Broad Plans

Boston, MA: from homelessness to homebuyer assistance
Chicago, IL: a five-year plan coordinating all of the City's housing initiatives
Jacksonville, FL: a starting point to inform decisionmakers of available tools
Stamford, CT: prepared in conjunction with the City's Master Plan
Washington, DC: identifies a wide range of goals and tools to achieve them

Focused Plans

Arizona: address three major hurdles to affordable housing production and preservation
Atlanta, GA: implementation of initiatives identified in an earlier visioning report
Fairfax County, VA: one piece of a larger initiative, this plan focuses exclusively on preservation
Montgomery County, MD: focused on initiatives in five areas
New York, NY: focuses on tools for achieving four policy goals
Portland River District, OR: update to an earlier plan, in response to changing market conditions
Provincetown, MA: policies chosen to increase the supply of homes affordable to year-round residents

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