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Now available: Best practices report on reducing costs of affordable housing production
06.10.2016

In 2016, the Housing Justice Center (HJC), together with the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and Becker Consulting, completed a study on policies which metro cities can, and should, adopt in order to reduce the cost of producing affordable housing. The research found that reform of local practices in a variety of areas could substantially reduce the cost, and thereby significantly increase the amount, of affordable housing produced annually. A detailed report on the study is available here.

The report covers the following topics:
-Project Scale and Density; density bonuses
-Local Financial Resources: TIF, TIF pooling, tax abatements, 4d, levy authority, housing revenue bonds, G.O. bonds, public ownership
-Site Selection and Acquisition; land leases
-Reduced Parking Requirements, proof of parking
-Fee Reduction or Waivers
-Administrative Processes and Delay
-Materials and Site Requirements
-Manufactured Housing
-Preference for Mixed Income Development
-Inclusionary Housing Policies
-Addressing Community Opposition
-Overcoming Barriers to Affordable Housing