In the Toolbox
Many of the policy issues covered at Solutions for Sustainable Communities are addressed in the recently released online policy guide on HousingPolicy.org, which describes strategies and policy tools that communities can use to promote sustainable and equitable development. The toolkit focuses on policy options for developing compact communities that including housing affordable to households of all incomes and allow individuals to meet many of their needs by walking, biking or through short car trips. A key component of these efforts is the preservation of existing affordable housing and the inclusion of affordable housing within new market-rate development oriented around transit, jobs, schools, retail and other areas where transportation costs are likely to be low. By targeting affordable housing efforts in location-efficient and amenity-rich neighborhoods, communities can help reduce families' overall expenditures on housing and transportation, improving families’ ability to meet other core needs.
Please continue reading this edition of In Focus for information about the conference and related resources you can access on line. NHC and the Center hope that this learning conference is just the beginning of an ongoing exchange of ideas and solutions centered on state and local housing policy.
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"Out Loud" Podcast
This month's Out Loud features our second vodcast (video podcast), featuring Ray LaHood, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Secretary LaHood's video remarks were presented at the Solutions for Sustainable Communities conference, energizing participants and tying the themes of the event- connect, collaborate, and create solutions - with DOT's efforts to provide affordable, safe and diverse transportation options to all Americans. He emphasized how transportation isn't just about getting from Point A to Point B, but rather a means to connect affordable housing with good schools, good jobs and economic opportunities.
Solutions in Action
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Solutions for Sustainable Communities Conference Resources Online
Whether or not you were able to attend Solutions for Sustainable Communities: 2011 Learning Conference on State and Local Housing Policy, you may be interested in accessing the resources from the conference, which are freely available online. Check out the conference webpage to access presentations from many of the more than 140 speakers, handouts, video, blog articles, photos and more from the 40+ sessions offered.
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What strategies can be adopted to increase affordable housing opportunities in areas near planned or expanding transit services? How can local governments prevent low- and moderate-income families from being priced out of these areas that will likely face increases in property values?
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