Affordable rental housing
Brief: Increasing the affordability of rental housing
There are many approaches that cities, towns, and counties can use to increase the availability of affordable rental housing. In fact, the majority of policy tools in the Housing Policy Library work to advance this very goal. This brief describes how policies in each of the four main categories in the Housing Policy Library can be used to address rental affordability challenges. Read the brief
Balancing the goals of promoting homeownership and increasing the availability of affordable rental housing
This brief presents several factors that may be helpful for local governments to consider as they decide how to allocate available resources between renter and homeownership assistance programs.
Selected local housing policies
Low-income housing tax credit
Capital subsidies for affordable housing developments
Operating subsidies for affordable-housing developments
Use of publicly owned land for affordable housing
Housing trust funds
General obligation bonds for affordable housing
Zoning changes to allow for higher residential density
Housing Choice Vouchers
Video: What is affordable housing?
Video: How do you fill the gap in funding for affordable housing?
Resources on building public support for affordable housing
Issue brief: Allocating resources between tenant-based and project-based rental assistance
Housing Policy Library section: Generating revenue for affordable housing
Housing Policy Library section: Supporting affordable housing through subsidies
Explore external resources for affordable rental housing