Lorington Apartments

Since 1985 residents of the Lorington Apartments benefited from the federal project-based Section 8 program, which kept their apartments affordable by limiting rent payments to 30 percent of each household’s income. With the Section 8 contract expiration date approaching, tenants learned that the owner had plans to convert the building to condominiums, a move that … Read more

Fairbanks Ridge

Fairbanks Ridge is a 13 building, 204-unit affordable rental development integrated into a larger master-planned community in order to fulfill inclusionary housing requirements. The development includes a swimming pool, basketball court and community center where residents can participate in ESL and homework tutoring as well as computer workshops. The developers, Chelsea Investment Corporation, incorporated solar … Read more

Housing Plan Profile: Atlanta, Georgia

Plan title: Great Housing in Great Neighborhoods [PDF], available on the Bureau of Housing website. Issued: November 2006 Overview: This plan was prepared by the Affordable Workforce Housing Implementation Task Force, which was formed in fall 2005 at Mayor Franklin’s request to implement the Mayor’s Economic Development Plan goal of creating 10,000 units of workforce … Read more

Session Materials and Resources

Solutions for Working Families: 2009 Learning Conference on State and Local Housing Policy featured sessions covering the full spectrum of housing policy issues. On this page you will find presentation and other resources related to many of the sessions. If you presented at Solutions for Working Families and would like to have your materials posted … Read more

Make Homes More Resistant to Natural Disasters

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Iowa floods and other recent natural disasters, federal, state and local disaster responses have been put to the test, and in many cases, revealed their limitations. Among the many lessons learned, these circumstances have emphasized the need for greater pre-disaster mitigation measures for homes: technologies, services and practices … Read more

Minnesota Toolbox

Policies in the Minnesota Toolbox are grouped into six categories, each of which reflects a role that the state and local governments can play to ensure the availability of a full range of housing choices for Minnesota families. Review an introduction to the toolbox and then select a category to view the policies and learn … Read more

Building A Strategy

Learn what a comprehensive housing strategy is and why it is important. Develop policy objectives that respond to the root causes of your housing challenges and set numerical targets to track progress. Prepare a comprehensive housing strategy that addresses the many facets of your community’s housing challenges. Discover helpful tips for putting together and executing … Read more

How to Use This Site

Welcome to the HousingPolicy.org Toolkit MA, an affordable housing strategy toolbox developed by Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association and Massachusetts Housing Partnership as part of the Welcome Home Massachusetts initiative. Welcome Home Massachusetts supports local initiatives in furtherance of the development of affordable housing opportunities across Massachusetts. The Toolbox MA provides easy access to strategies … Read more

Other Organizations

HousingPolicy.org is focused principally on state and local policies that expand the availability of homes for working families. There are many other population segments in need of housing assistance, including the elderly, people with a disability, the very poor and the homeless. The following list provides links to national organizations that focus on these other … Read more

Increase the Availability of Affordable Homes

Goal: Increase the Availability of Affordable Homes Policies in this section are grouped into six categories, each reflecting a role that state and local governments can play to increase the availability of affordable homes. Select a category to view the policies and learn more.   Increase the supply of sites for the development of affordable … Read more