New discussion group on inclusionary housing

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Thu Oct 13 21:25:49 CDT 2005


From: "Kalima Rose" <krose at policylink.org>

Over 200 affordable housing leaders from across the country met in
Washington, DC October 5-7 to talk about inclusionary zoning, one of the
most promising tools available for creating mixed-income communities and
offering housing choices for American families. PolicyLink is launching
an online discussion group as a way to continue to share information and
strategies that emerged from the event and that can help win and expand
inclusionary zoning. (Go to
http://listserver.policylink.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/inclusionary_h
ousing  to join.)

Inclusionary zoning is being used as an important local housing tool to
preserve and create mixed-income communities in hundreds of cities
throughout the nation-including Boston, New York, San Diego, and San
Francisco-and has secured tens of thousands of units of affordable
housing as a result. The online discussion provides a way to learn from
your peers about how to develop an IZ policy that balances community
needs for affordable housing with the needs of developers to realize a
return on investment.

*	In gentrifying neighborhoods, affordable units provided by IZ
can prevent displacement of longtime residents.
*	In new and growing neighborhoods, IZ can ensure that
affordability becomes part of the area's long-term plans.
*	In expensive neighborhoods, IZ can provide housing opportunities
for moderate-income families who may work there, but wouldn't otherwise
be able to live there.

Be part of the conversation and enjoy these benefits:

*	The latest news on inclusionary housing advances
*	A virtual help line from your expert peers
*	Inspiring strategies about what works in other communities that
could help yours

Join the list for highlights from the Inclusionary Housing conference
(co-sponsored by PolicyLink, Innovative Housing Institute, National
Housing Conference, and Business and Professional People for the Public
Interest).

For PolicyLink resources on inclusionary zoning and affordable housing,
visit http://www.policylink.org/Projects/IZ/

We look forward to the conversation!

For more information, contact: Kalima Rose, Associate Director,
PolicyLink, krose at policylink.org, 510-663-2333

Please distribute this announcement to as many allies continuing the
effort to expand affordable housing as possible. Thank you.




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