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Reaffirming the Federal Commitment to Fair Housing: Lessons from California in Implementing AFFH

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is currently inviting comments on a proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule. The proposed rule reinstates and builds on the Obama Administration’s…
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Landscape photo of Oakland, California

2023 Legislative Preview: Will New Faces and Budget Constraints Change Housing Focus in Sacramento?

Budget constraints and a notable number of new legislators complicate California’s ability to sustain the recent pace of passing housing legislation. Despite these shifting dynamics, however, over 100 bills pertaining to housing…
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Photo of California capitol building in Sacramento

Using Emergency Housing Vouchers to Address Homelessness

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the heightened risks for people experiencing homelessness, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 appropriated funding for 70,000 emergency housing vouchers (EHVs). The EHV program…
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Map of U.S. states of awarded EHVS that have are leased up

How States Are Incentivizing Local Housing Production: A Typology of State Pro-Housing Laws

By Shazia Manji For decades, the United States has failed to build sufficient housing to support its growing population and to provide a range of affordable and inclusive housing opportunities. While many…
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Map of the United States showing number of laws analyzed per state. California, Oregon, Washington are 10+. Utah, Connecticut, and Maryland are 5-10. Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Florida, Delaware, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine are 2-4. Hawaii, South Dakota, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey are 1. Remaining states are 0.

San Diego’s Success in Spurring Missing Middle Housing: The Accessory Dwelling Unit Bonus Program

In 2021, San Diego became the first major city in the country to offer a density incentive for accessory dwelling unit (ADU) projects that include new housing deed-restricted to be affordable to…
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Rendering of residential neighborhood with small 3-story apartment building behind single-family home.

New Pathways to Create More Deeply Affordable Housing: Early Lessons from HUD’s Faircloth-to-RAD Program

A new analysis from the Terner Center offers early lessons from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Faircloth-to-RAD program. Public housing is a critical source of deeply affordable housing in…
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