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List of all Roles and Policies

On you will find a wide array of information on the many ways that states and localities can increase the availability of homes for working families and others. Scroll down to see our complete list of roles for states and communities, and the policies associated with each of these roles, or use the bulleted list below to skip to a specific goal.

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Goal: Increase the Availability of Affordable Homes

Expand Development Opportunities
Make Publicly-Owned Land Available for Affordable Homes
Facilitate the Reuse of Abandoned, Vacant, and Tax-Delinquent Properties
Expand the Supply of Homes through Rezonings

Reduce Red Tape

Ensure Zoning Policies Support a Diversity of Housing Types
Adopt Expedited Permitting and Review Policies
Revise Impact Fee Structures
Adopt "Rehab Codes" to Facilitate Rehabilitation of Older Homes

Capitalize on Market Activity

Utilize Tax Increment Financing to Fund Affordable Homes
Stimulate Construction or Rehabilitation Through Tax Abatements
Create or Expand Dedicated Housing Trust Funds
Establish Inclusionary Zoning Requirements or Incentives
Use Cross-Subsidies to Support Mixed-Income Communities

Generate Capital
Strengthen the 9 Percent Low-Income Housing Tax Credit
Expand Use of the 4 Percent Low-Income Housing Tax Credit
Provide Pre-Development and Acquisition Financing
Support Housing Bond Issues
Use Housing Finance Agency Reserves for Affordable Homes
Leverage Employers' Commitment to Affordable Homes for Workers
Create or Expand Dedicated Housing Trust Funds

Preserve and Recycle Resources
Preserve Affordable Rental Homes
Recycle Downpayment Assistance
Use Shared Equity Mechanisms to Preserve Homeownership Subsidies

Help Residents Succeed
Expand Homeownership Education and Counseling
Prevent Foreclosures and Help Affected Renters and Owners
Provide Homeowner Rehab Assistance

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Goal: Improve Residential Energy Efficiency

Set Standards and Offer Incentives
Provide Low-Cost Financing
Build Contractor Capacity
Provide Audits to Measure and Verify Performance
Educate Consumers about Energy Efficiency

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Goal: Meet the Housing Needs of Older Adults

Provide Accessible, Safe, and Affordable Homes
Build or Modify Homes to Universal Design or Visitability Standards
Weatherize Homes to Improve Energy-Efficiency and Reduce Utility Costs
Create and Preserve a Range of Affordable Housing Options

Improve Access to Social Services and Transportation Options
Connect Existing Homes with Social Services
Provide Affordable and Accessible Transportation Options

Support Housing Models Geared to Older Adults
Expand the Supply of Affordable Supportive Housing
Offer Adult Foster Care to Provide Services in Private Residences
Build Mutual Support through Creation of Cohousing Communities

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Goal: Make Homes More Resistant to Natural Disasters

Promote "Smarter and Safer" Building and Rehabilitation Practices
Improve Community Regulations and Planning Strategies
Finance Efforts to Make Homes More Resistant to Natural Disasters
Link Efforts to Improve Disaster Resistance and Energy Efficiency

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Goal: Prevent Foreclosures and Stabilize Neighborhoods
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Understand Why Foreclosures Matter
Develop a Coordinated Response Strategy
Prevent Foreclosure, Keep Families in Their Homes
Secure and Maintain Vacant Properties
Bring Foreclosed Properties Back Into Use
Help Owner and Renter Families Recover

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Goal: Promote Sustainable and Equitable Development

Promote Compact Development Patterns
Create a Supportive Regulatory Framework
Gain Control of Well-Located Land
Use Value Capture to Build on Market Momentum
Preserve and Extend Affordability

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