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Housing Strategy Self-Assessment Short Version

  • (1) Before answering this question, please review the description of a local housing strategy below. Do you have a local housing strategy that includes the four elements in this description?
    Yes, we have a local housing strategy that includes all four of these elements.
    We have a local housing strategy that includes some but not all of these elements.
    No, we do not have a local housing strategy that fits this description.

    Consider the following definition of a local housing strategy.

    LOCAL HOUSING STRATEGY. A local housing strategy is a formal strategy, usually documented in a written plan that comprehensively outlines how cities, towns, and counties will advance their housing policy objectives and includes all four of the following elements:

    1. A clear set of housing policy objectives
    2. A comprehensive approach to meeting these objectives using the full array of resources available to local agencies in the community
    3. A timeline for implementation
    4. A process for periodically assessing progress and publicly sharing results to ensure transparency and accountability

    A local housing strategy is NOT the same as:

    • The Consolidated Plan required by HUD, which in most communities focuses primarily on how the jurisdiction will spend federal block grants.
    • The Comprehensive Plan required by state law, which generally focuses primarily on a community’s land use policies.

    However, the information prepared for these plans can be very helpful in informing a local housing strategy, and vice-versa.

  • (2) Which of the following elements of a local housing strategy would you like to learn more about? (check all that apply)
    Identifying a clear set of housing policy objectives
    Developing a comprehensive approach to meeting housing policy objectives
    Establishing a timeline for implementation
    Periodically assessing progress
    None of the above
  • (3) We have identified four main categories of local housing policies that correspond to essential functions of a local housing strategy. For each of the following functions, indicate whether your community has one or more policies designed to achieve it. Check all that apply (do not select a function if you are unsure):
    Creating and preserving dedicated affordable housing units.
    Promoting affordability by increasing the overall supply of housing and lowering barriers and costs.
    Helping renters and homebuyers access and afford units they locate in the private market.
    Enhancing housing stability and quality.
  • (4) A comprehensive local housing strategy should include a variety of policy types. Select the policy types that you are interested in learning more about:
    Housing subsidies funded by the federal government
    Housing subsidies funded by the locality
    Zoning and other land use policies
    Local tax policies
    Building permitting policies
    Code enforcement policies
  • (5) The following policy objectives help to improve housing affordability and meet the needs of special populations. Check the ones you would like to learn more about.
    Increasing the affordability of rental housing
    Preserving the existing stock of dedicated affordable rental housing
    Preserving the existing stock of market affordable rental housing
    Reducing homelessness and meeting the emergency needs of homeless individuals and families
    Meeting the housing and services needs of older adults and persons with disabilities
  • (6) The following policy objectives help to promote housing stability, quality and safety, and opportunity and inclusion. Check the ones you would like to learn more about.
    Increasing access to homeownership
    Increasing housing stability for renters and owners
    Improving housing quality and safety
    Enhancing resilience to flooding and other climate-related threats
    Reducing housing discrimination
    Affirmatively furthering fair housing
    Strengthening communities through community development activities
    Decreasing the concentration of poverty
    Encouraging mixed use development
  • (7) The following policy objectives help to promote energy efficiency, good health, and educational achievement. Check the ones you would like to learn more about.
    Reducing energy use and decreasing carbon emissions
    Expanding access to public transit
    Improving health of children and adults
    Improving educational outcomes for children

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