Regional collaboration to support the development of affordable housing in resource-rich areas overview
However, municipalities that are seeking to improve access to affordable housing in resource-rich areas may want to consider looking beyond their own boundaries and creating regional programs in cooperation with neighboring jurisdictions that include resource rich neighborhoods. Similarly, jurisdictions with resource rich neighborhoods may want to partner with neighboring jurisdictions on a regional program to facilitate the creation and preservation of affordable housing in resource rich areas.
Efforts to pool resources and otherwise share responsibility for program administration on a regional basis will likely encounter some friction as cities, towns and counties identify differences in eligibility criteria or other program requirements that will need to be reconciled in order for the program to operate smoothly and efficiently. However, by working together on a regional basis, communities can expand the housing and location options available to their residents and ensure subsidies are available where they are most needed and provide the greatest benefits. There are a variety of ways that communities can work together to support the development of affordable housing near transit stations, job centers, and in other resource-rich areas, including by pooling housing subsidy resources and conducting joint planning sessions along regional transit corridors.
Varies, but may include the local department of housing and community development, local public housing agency, and/or the zoning commission or local planning department.
Increasing the affordability of rental housing
Increasing access to sustainable homeownership
Increasing the affordability of housing in resource-rich neighborhoods
Affirmatively furthering fair housing
Expanding access to public transit
Improving health of children and adults
Improving educational outcomes for children