Policy & Tools: Affordable Housing

Affordable housing is a basic human right. Yet, building and accessing housing that is affordable to low-income families is often a complex, daunting challenge. Many community benefits coalitions find that affordable housing is a critical component of their campaign, but also a sticking point in the negotiations.

A number of community benefits agreements have included affordable housing measures, including set-asides of affordable units in market rate residential projects and funding for the development of affordable housing.

Community benefits policies may also address affordable housing by requiring that residential projects with which local government is involved through subsidies, leases or development agreements. Below we offer some helpful information to de-mystify the discussion.