Require Preparation of Affordable Housing Plans
Some states require localities to prepare a standalone housing plan, or incorporate a housing component in the comprehensive plan, to help ensure that housing affordability goals are identified and met.
Create Enforceable Rights to Support Development
States can help to streamline the approvals process for affordable homes, and encourage the creation of mixed-income communities, by creating enforceable "rights" to development.
Enact Enabling Legislation to Authorize Local Action
In many states, enabling legislation must be enacted in order for localities to be authorized to create certain programs to promote affordability, including tax increment financing and inclusionary zoning.
Increase and Improve Targeting of Resources
State and local governments can help to increase the development opportunities and the supply of affordable homes by making suitable publicly-owned land available for housing development.
Educate and Convene to Encourage Action
Through community development and housing policies that encourage conversion of vacant properties into affordable homes, communities can reduce blight and increase housing opportunities for working families.
Offer Incentives to Promote Affordability
States can offer incentives to developers and to municipalities to encourage affordability in targeted areas, including neighborhoods surrounding existing or proposed job centers and transit stops.