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National Community of Practice on Local Housing Policy


Through comprehensive local housing strategies, cities and counties can help to increase the availability of decent, safe and affordable housing. Yet local housing policy can be very complex, and many policymakers and practitioners seek guidance on how to prioritize and take full advantage of the many local housing policy options. 

To address this gap, the NYU Furman Center and Abt Associates launched the National Community of Practice (CoP) on Local Housing Policy in June 2016. The CoP seeks to help:

  1. Cities and counties in high-cost regions develop and strengthen local housing strategies that better meet residents’ needs; and
  2. Other cities expand the availability of affordable housing in high-cost neighborhoods.

To advance these goals, the CoP is developing step-by-step guidance on how cities and counties can develop comprehensive local housing strategies, including guidance on analyzing local housing needs, identifying housing policy objectives, selecting and implementing housing policies, and balancing competing needs and interests.

The guidance materials are the product of a highly collaborative process that collects and synthesizes input from many of the nation’s leading housing experts and practitioners.  A core working group has met intensively over a period of 18 months to inform the structure and content of the materials. A national advisory council is providing additional input and feedback, helping to ensure the guidance reflects a broad range of views and experiences.