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Call for Applications to the Local Housing Solutions Institute

The NYU Furman Center and Abt Associates are pleased to announce the first-ever Local Housing Solutions Institute (the Institute) and invite applications from interested cities or counties. The Institute is a five-day working retreat to help cities and counties refine and strengthen their housing strategies to better meet their affordability and other housing challenges. The Institute is funded by a grant from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and will be held September 16-20 at West Creek Ranch in Montana.

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If you would like to learn more about housing policies and programs, there are a lot of valuable resources available. This section shows you where to find resources on LocalHousingSolutions.org related to particular issues or programs and provides links to selected external materials and websites that can supplement the guidance available on LocalHousingSolutions.org.

Affirmatively furthering fair housing

Site resources on affirmatively furthering fair housing Puertas Cerradas: Housing barriers for Hispanics HUD’s AFFH assessment of fair housing tool and mapping tool 2016 LIHTC policies promoting supportive housing and recommendations for 2017-2018 AFFH-T data documentation Opportunity mapping issue brief Breaking down barriers: Housing, neighborhoods, and schools of opportunity New starts: Leveraging the new transit policy guidance to create inclusive communities of opportunity Code of Federal regulations 24: Housing and urban development To increase housing choice, try incentivizing landlords Fort Wayne housing authority Housing Voucher Choice Program property owner participation manual (Indiana) The Evansville housing authority Housing Choice Voucher Program (Indiana) Learn about the FHEO complaint and investigation process Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) The case for fair housing: 2017 fair housing trends report HUD education and outreach initiative Fair Housing Initiatives Program

Inclusionary housing:

Inclusionary housing explained Inclusionary housing: Creating and maintaining equitable communities Inclusionary housing sample documents library (CA, CO, IL, MD, MA, NJ, NM, NC, UT, VA, WA, DC)

Data gathering tools:

FFIEC geocoding/mapping system HUD’s geospatial tool: Open data Latino kids’ data explorer AFFH assessment tools, resources, and training material National Fair Housing Alliance: Get local help Fair housing: Outreach tools Twitter: #FairHousing Inclusionary housing database map

Affordable homeownership

Site resources on affordable homeownership Preserving multifamily workforce and affordable housing: New approaches for investing in a vital national asset Inclusionary housing in the United States Employer-assisted housing initiative guide for state & local realtor associations Increasing the availability of affordable homes: A handbook of high-impact state and local solutions The state of the nation’s housing 2017 Understanding today’s manufactured housing Preservation of affordable homeownership: A continuum of strategies Shared equity, transformative wealth FDIC affordable mortgage lending guide IRS mortgage interest credit NCSHA mortgage credit certificate program Q&A National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies Making home affordable Single family housing repair loans & grants

Property tax break:

Property tax circuit breakers in 2017 The property tax circuit breaker: An introduction and survey of current programs Property tax relief: The case for circuit breakers Property tax circuit breakers: Fair and cost-effective relief for taxpayers How do states spell relief?: A national study of homestead exemptions & property tax credits Property tax homestead exemptions Property tax assessment limits: Lessons from thirty years of experience

Community land trust:

E-book: Starting a community land trust Lincoln institute of land policy: Community land trusts Community land trusts: Why now is the time to integrate this housing activists’ tool into local government affordable housing policies Grounded solutions network Shared equity models offer sustainable homeownership Will limited-equity cooperatives make a comeback? Shared equity homeownership: The changing landscape of resale-restricted, owner-occupied homeownership

Regional policies/case studies:

State and local means of addressing housing affordability (abt compendium for NAHB, 2008) SMART housing policy: Resource guide (Austin, Texas) San Francisco housing data hub Regional approaches to affordable housing Public land & affordable housing in the Washington DC region: Best practices and recommendations Leveraging public land for affordable housing in Northern Virginia: A primer Housing Boulder: A toolkit of housing options National Council of State Housing Agencies Property tax relief: Why Virginia should adopt a state-funded income-targeted approach Property tax exemptions to promote affordable rental and homeownership housing in Seattle

Data gathering tools:

NAHB housing opportunity index Policy map: Housing HUD’s geospatial tool: Open data Real estate transfer charges

Affordable rental housing

Site resources on affordable rental housing Preserving multifamily workforce and affordable housing: New approaches for investing in a vital national asset The cost of affordable housing: Does it pencil out? How did they do it? Discovering new opportunities for affordable housing Producing affordable housing in rising markets: What works? Affordable housing framework Inclusionary housing in the United States Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and Private Activity Bonds: A guide to affordable housing development How to unleash underutilized Private Activity Bonds to build more affordable rental housing Preserving affordable rental housing: A snapshot of growing need, current threats, and innovative solutions The space between: Realities and possibilities in preserving unsubsidized affordable rental housing A brief review of state and local preservation purchase laws Regional approaches to affordable housing Bending the cost curve: Solutions to expand the supply of affordable rentals State and city funded rental housing programs Is rent control good policy?

Compact units:

Compact units: Demand and challenge Accessory dwellings Model code for accessory dwelling units The macro view on micro units

RAD:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Rental Assistance Demonstration overview RAD: program specifics Evaluation of HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration

Regional policies/case studies:

State and local means of addressing housing affordability (abt compendium for NAHB, 2008) Jody apartments, Denver Preserving Austin’s multifamily rental housing San Francisco housing data hub The affordable housing crisis in Los Angeles: An employer perspective Where will people live? New Orleans’ growing rental housing challenge Property tax exemptions to promote affordable rental and homeownership housing in Seattle SMART housing: A strategy for producing affordable housing at the local level (Austin, Texas) SMART housing policy: Resource guide (Austin, Texas) Public land & affordable housing in the Washington DC region: Best practices and recommendations Leveraging public land for affordable housing in Northern Virginia: A primer 21st century SROs: Can small housing units help meet the need for affordable housing in New York City? Housing Boulder: A toolkit of housing options Profile of rent-stabilized units and tenants in New York City

Data gathering tools:

Florida housing data clearinghouse HUD’s geospatial tool: Open data Policy map: Housing Map: Rent control laws by state NLIHC’s out of reach 2016

Building coalitions

Carbon emissions

Community development

Site resources on community development Building sustainable, inclusive communities: How America can pursue smart growth and reunite our metropolitan communities Building American cities toolkit NAHB land use 101 Local policy options to support sustainable and equitable development Property topics and concepts New starts: Leveraging the new transit policy guidance to create inclusive communities of opportunity Right-sizing urban growth boundaries Urban growth boundary Metro: Urban growth report (2014) Community development block grant program

Rehabilitation codes:

Rehabilitating rehab through state building codes Smart codes in your community: A guide to building rehabilitation codes Rehabilitation subcodes

Higher-density development:

Higher-density development: Myth and fact Lincoln Institute of Land Policy: Visualizing density The roommate gap: Your city’s occupancy limit

Land banks:

Land bank information headquarters Land banking 101: What is a land bank? Revitalizing foreclosed properties with land banks

Tax increment financing:

An elected official’s guide to tax increment financing Tax-increment financing: The need for increased transparency and accountability in local economic development subsidies Tax increment financing: Tweaking TIF for the 21st century

Transfers of development rights:

Smart growth/smart energy toolkit bylaw: Transfer of development rights, Massachusetts  Transfer of development rights case study, Massachusetts Transfer of development rights programs: Using the market for compensation and preservation Transfer of development right turns 40

Employer-assisted housing programs:

Equitable development toolkit: Employer assisted housing Employer-assisted housing resource guide: A primer for employers and community leaders, Minnesota

Community land trust:

Community land trust resources E-book: Starting a community land trust Grounded solutions network CLT Start-up hub Lincoln institute of land policy: Community land trusts Community land trusts: Why now is the time to integrate this housing activists’ tool into local government affordable housing policies

Regional policies/case studies:

Impact fees, City of Vancouver Supporting and sustaining interjurisdictional collaboration for housing and community development (Cook County, Illinois) Housing collaboratives (Cook County, Illinois) Downtown land disposition strategy (Raleigh, North Carolina) Wording amendments for small-scale residential infill (Ahseville, North Carolina) New Jersey rehabilitation subcode Coburg urbanization study update (Oregon) Housing policy debates (various states)

Data gathering tools:

HUD’s community assessment reporting tool Data: Baltimore neighborhoods indicators alliance Community land trust program National map of land banks & land banking programs

Concentrated poverty

Development feasibility

Site resources on development feasibility Building American cities toolkit Economics of inclusionary development Development process efficiency: Cutting through the red tape Land development checklist Terner Center’s housing development dashboard Affordable housing zoning bonus administrative regulations and procedures Affordable housing framework Market effects of office development linkage fees Public benefit from publicly owned parcels: Effective practices in affordable housing development How are building codes adopted? Smart codes, smart process checklist Predictable permitting

Tax & fees:

Impact fees and housing affordability Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and Private Activity Bonds: A guide to affordable housing development Using state tax credits: Q&A with Beth Mullen of the Reznick Group

Regional policies/case studies:

Impact fees, City of Vancouver Los Angeles affordable housing linkage fees nexus study A resolution to the Council of the City of Fresno, California, to provide fee waivers, credits, or reductions for affordable housing development City of Berkeley procedures for implementation of state density bonus law SMART housing: A strategy for producing affordable housing at the local level (Austin, TExas) Limited equity coops by community land trusts: Case studies and a feasibility assessment for the hybrid model Public land & affordable housing in the Washington DC region: Best practices and recommendations Development and permitting process improvement study (Lincoln, Nebraska) Minnesota State building code: Code adoption guide

Data gathering tools:

CoreData.nyc Building codes Code adoption map

Displacement

Educational outcomes for children

Energy use

Equitable resources for residents of low-income neighborhoods and communities of color

Site resources on equitable resources for residents of low-income neighborhoods and communities of color Supporting educational achievement with afterschool programs located in affordable housing The local rent supplement program, DC Fiscal Policy Institute HOTMA expands opportunities for low-income families State and city funded rental housing programs NYC department of homeless services: Rent issues National coalition for a civil right to counsel (NCCRC) Right to counsel New York City coalition (RTCNYC) Weatherization assistance program Weatherization works: Summary of findings from the retrospective evaluation of the U.S. Department of Energy’s weatherization assistance program

Mortgage & loans:

FDIC affordable mortgage lending guide IRS mortgage interest credit NCSHA mortgage credit certificate program Q&A Single family housing repair loans & grants

Housing mobility:

Leveraging the power of place: Using pay for success to support housing mobility Mobility counseling Housing mobility programs in the U.S. (2015)

Housing vouchers:

Housing Choice Voucher guidebook (7420.10G) Housing Choice Vouchers fact sheet Housing Choice Voucher program guidebook, Chapter 7: Payment standards Housing nation: Housing choice vouchers The resident choice option: Reasons why residents change from Project-Based Vouchers to Portable Housing Vouchers Project Based Vouchers, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Tenant-based rental assistance:

Building HOME, chapter 7: Tenant-based rental assistance HOME investment partnerships program An overview of the HOME investment partnerships program Summary of key changes to the HOME program regulations in the final rule

Property tax break:

Property tax circuit breakers in 2017 The property tax circuit breaker: An introduction and survey of current programs Property tax relief: The case for circuit breakers Property tax circuit breakers: Fair and cost-effective relief for taxpayers

Regional policies/case studies:

Rental subsidy program: Program guide, Chicago low-income housing trust fund San Francisco housing data hub State & city funded rental housing programs Finally Home guideline: Housing trust Silicon Valley City of Virginia Beach: Rental security deposit program Rent setting for Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, and other rental assistance programs in Oregon: A user guide Housing mobility: What do housing voucher recipients want? (Connecticut) Fort Wayne housing authority Housing Voucher Choice Program property owner participation manual (Indiana) The Evansville housing authority Housing Choice Voucher Program (Indiana) HomeStart (Boston)

Funding for affordable housing

Site resources on funding for affordable housing Land bank information headquarters Financing mechanisms for affordable housing Environmental review: A guide for applicants seeking HUD or USDA rural development financial assistance Orientation to environmental reviews Making sense of the district’s tax abatement dollars: Nine questions to consider HOME investment partnerships program An overview of the HOME investment partnerships program

Land value tax:

Assessing the theory and practice of land value taxation Henry George’s land value tax: An idea whose time has come? Land value tax: An alternative to the property tax Land value taxation: Could it work today? The weeds: The land value tax, explained (out loud)

Housing trust fund:

Municipal affordable housing trusts: How to envision, gain support and utilize a local trust to achieve your housing goals State legislation to promote local housing trust funds: A toolkit for advocates Revenue sources, housing trust fund project The Center for Community Change housing trust fund project Development exactions: Process and planning issues Opening doors to homes for all: The 2016 housing trust fund survey report

Impact fees, exactions, and linkage fees:

Linkage fee programs Commercial linkage fees Impact Fee Handbook Impact fees and inclusionary housing Impact fees and housing affordability Proportionate-share impact fees State impact fee enabling acts impactfees.com Impact fees and housing affordability

LIHTC:

Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and Private Activity Bonds: A guide to affordable housing development Low-Income Housing Tax Credits: Affordable housing investment opportunities for banks Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, HUD office of policy development & research Creating balance in the locations of LIHTC developments: The role of Qualified Allocation Plans State LIHTC program descriptions Giving due credit: Balancing priorities in state Low-Income Housing Tax Credit allocation policies Financing supportive housing with tax-exempt bonds and 4 percent Low-Income Housing Tax Credits Using state tax credits: Q&A with Beth Mullen of the Reznick Group

Regional policies/case studies:

State and local means of addressing housing affordability (abt compendium for NAHB, 2008) General obligation bond for affordable housing: Economic impact report (San Francisco) Conversion fee, code of the District of Columbia Establishing a local housing trust fund: A guide for California officials A resolution to the Council of the City of Fresno, California, to provide fee waivers, credits, or reductions for affordable housing development From urban renewal and displacement to economic inclusion: San Francisco affordable housing policy 1978-2012 Los Angeles affordable housing linkage fees nexus study The economic impact of general obligation bonds for affordable housing in Austin San Francisco housing data hub New Mexico affordable housing tax credit NYC acquisition fund: Vacant property loan term sheet NYC acquisition fund: Occupied property and moderate rehab (preservation) loan term sheet Golden State acquisition fund Albuquerque, New Mexico adopts proportional impact fees USGBC case study profiles successful Cincinnati residential tax abatement Transforming a city one home at a time: Cincinnati’s successful residential tax abatement program Economic impact analysis of proposed 10 year tax abatement adjustments, 2018 (Philadelphia)

Data gathering tools:

HUD’s geospatial tool: Open data Policy map: Housing

Gentrification

Health of children and adults

Homelessness

Homeownership

Site resources on homeownership NAHB housing opportunity index Employer-assisted housing initiative guide for state & local realtor associations The state of the nation’s housing 2017 Housing Boulder: A toolkit of housing options HUD: Housing counseling Framework: Smart homeownership starts here National industry standards for homeownership education and counseling HOME investment partnerships program Mortgage revenue bonds and mortgage credit Significant features of the property tax 50-state property tax comparison study: For taxes paid in 2015 NeighborWorks America HUD: About title I property improvement loans Landlord training manual: Keeping illegal activity out of rental property, a practical guide for Santa Cruz landlords and property managers A closer look at the building operator training program

Shared equity homeownership:

Shared equity models offer sustainable homeownership Shared equity homeownership: The changing landscape of resale-restricted, owner-occupied homeownership Grounded solutions network Connecticut opportunity map Filling the void between homeownership and rental housing: A case for expanding the use of shared equity homeownership Shared equity, transformative wealth What’s in a name? Clarifying the different forms and policy objectives of “shared equity” and “shared appreciation” homeownership programs

Regional policies/case studies:

San Francisco housing data hub Downpayment Assistance Loan Program (DALP), San Francisco Property tax exemptions to promote affordable rental and homeownership housing in Seattle Home – Down payment loan (St. Louis County, Missouri) HUD: Home/State information

Data gathering tools:

Policy map: Housing HUD’s geospatial tool: Open data FFIEC geocoding/mapping system Access and affordability: Interactive map and research on 3 barriers to homeownership

Housing cost burden

Housing discrimination

Housing quality

Housing quality and safety

Housing supply

Site resources on housing supply Land bank information headquarters A national profile of naturally occurring affordable housing Terner Center’s housing development dashboard Model affordable housing density bonus ordinance Affordable housing zoning bonus administrative regulations and procedures Potential dedicated revenue sources to support affordable housing production Unlocking the right to build: Designing a more flexible system for transferring development rights How to unleash underutilized Private Activity Bonds to build more affordable rental housing The state of the nation’s housing 2017 Property topics and concepts Producing affordable housing in rising markets: What works? State survey of housing appeals statutes Understanding today’s manufactured housing Bending the cost curve: Solutions to expand the supply of affordable rentals How land-use regulation undermines affordable housing Henry George’s land value tax: An idea whose time has come? HOME investment partnerships program An overview of the HOME investment partnerships program

Inclusionary zoning:

Economics of inclusionary development Housing market impacts of inclusionary zoning programs Inclusionary upzoning: Trying growth to affordability

Compact units:

Compact units: Demand and challenge Accessory dwellings Model code for accessory dwelling units The macro view on micro units Cities provide incentives to increase urban multifamily development

Regional policies/case studies:

State and local means of addressing housing affordability (abt compendium for NAHB, 2008) SMART housing: A strategy for producing affordable housing at the local level (Austin, Texas) Housing pays: Capturing the economic and fiscal benefits of increased housing production in LA San Francisco housing data hub Property tax exemptions to promote affordable rental and homeownership housing in Seattle Wording amendments for small-scale residential infill (Ahseville, North Carolina) 21st century SROs: Can small housing units help meet the need for affordable housing in New York City?

Data gathering tools:

Florida housing data clearinghouse HUD’s geospatial tool: Open data Policy map: Housing

Implementation

Mixed-use development

Older adults—housing and services for

Persons with disabilities—housing and services for

Preservation of dedicated affordable housing

Site resources on preservation of dedicated affordable housing Producing affordable housing in rising markets: What works? Linkage fee programs Unlocking the right to build: Designing a more flexible system for transferring development rights The HUD note sale: HUD and NYC HDC partner to preserve distressed properties The space between: Realities and possibilities in preserving unsubsidized affordable rental housing A brief review of state and local preservation purchase laws U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Rental Assistance Demonstration overview RAD program specifics Evaluation of HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration RAD photo essays HOME investment partnerships program

LIHTC:

The effects of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Giving due credit: Balancing priorities in state Low-Income Housing Tax Credit allocation policies Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, HUD office of policy development & research

Regional policies/case studies:

State and local means of addressing housing affordability (abt compendium for NAHB, 2008) Jody apartments, Denver Conversion fee, code of the District of Columbia Evanston, Illinois – Code of ordinances: Chapter 18 – Affordable housing demolition tax and affordable housing fund Preserving Austin’s multifamily rental housing Golden State acquisition fund (California) DC’s first right purchase program helps to preserve affordable housing and is one of DC’s key anti-displacement tools

Data gathering tools:

National Housing Preservation Database HUD’s geospatial tool: Open data Policy map: Housing Prezcat CoreData.nyc Florida housing data clearinghouse PrezCat catalog

Preservation of market affordable housing

Public transit—access to

Racial equity

Rental housing

Resilience to flooding and other climate-related threats

Resource-rich neighborhoods—affordable housing in

Resource-rich neighborhoods—housing and services for

San Antonio's housing policy framework

Transportation

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