In September, Partnership affiliates Puget Sound Sage, Working Partnerships USA, FRESC, and ISAIAH showcased and analyzed their housing campaigns before representatives of nearly 40 local and national organizations at an important gathering of organizations working on inclusionary housing nationwide. Sage described its broad-based coalition’s victory in making inclusionary housing “incentives” real in the re-zoning of a hot downtown Seattle neighborhood, while Working Partnerships shared the organizing and advocacy that led to San Jose creating a new development fee to fund affordable housing. FRESC and ISAIAH explained how their strategies for deep and broad organizing led to powerful coalitions ready to advance ambitious housing campaigns.
These presentations formed the first part of a half-day session before the 2013 Housing Solutions conference in Atlanta. The session focused on identifying and lifting up the real needs and challenges of local inclusionary housing campaigns to better focus national support. The Partnership worked with Cornerstone Partnership, the National Housing Conference/Center for Housing Policy, and the Ford Foundation in planning and organizing the event.
The Partnership also shared its campaign and policy models at the Housing Solutions conference. The Partnership’s Ben Beach presented on community benefits agreements as a tool for inclusionary housing. Puget Sound Sage’s Howard Greenwich presented on using zone changes to achieve greater inclusivity. And Sage’s Maggie Wykowski and Working Partnerships’ Brian Darrow led a roundtable discussion of elements of an effective inclusionary housing campaign.
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