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Smart Growth

Affordable Housing and Smart Growth: Making the Connection

Affordable Housing and Smart Growth: Making the Connection (2001) provides case studies of towns, cities, and states that have linked smart growth with affordable housing. Featured policies and approaches include:

  • Reuse of vacant properties and land. 
  • Flexible land use policies
  • Regional fair-share housing agreements.
  • The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. 
  • Increased affordability through reduced transportation costs. 
  • The federal HOPE VI program to construct mixed-income housing. 
  • Community land trusts.

The approaches represent a range of options for public, private, and nonprofit organizations to consider as they pursue smart growth and work toward affordable housing goals in their communities.

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