Continued Discussion from Inclusionary Housing conference…ONLINE!!!

Posted by on December 9, 2005

Over 200 affordable housing leaders from across the country met in Washington, DC October 5-7 to talk about inclusionary zoning, one of the most promising tools available for creating mixed-income communities and offering housing choices for American families. PolicyLink is launching an online discussion group as a way to continue to share information and strategies that emerged from the event and that can help win and expand inclusionary zoning. (Go to to join.)

Inclusionary zoning is being used as an important local housing tool to preserve and create mixed-income communities in hundreds of cities throughout the nation-including Boston, New York, San Diego, and San Francisco-and has secured tens of thousands of units of affordable housing as a result. The online discussion provides a way to learn from your peers about how to develop an IZ policy that balances community needs for affordable housing with the needs of developers to realize a return on investment.

* In gentrifying neighborhoods, affordable units provided by IZ can prevent displacement of longtime residents.
* In new and growing neighborhoods, IZ can ensure that affordability becomes part of the area’s long-term plans.
* In expensive neighborhoods, IZ can provide housing opportunities for moderate-income families who may work there, but wouldn’t otherwise be able to live there.

Be part of the conversation and enjoy these benefits:

* The latest news on inclusionary housing advances
* A virtual help line from your expert peers
* Inspiring strategies about what works in other communities that could help yours

Join the list for highlights from the Inclusionary Housing conference (co-sponsored by PolicyLink, Innovative Housing Institute, National Housing Conference, and Business and Professional People for the Public Interest).

For PolicyLink resources on inclusionary zoning and affordable housing, visit

We look forward to the conversation!

For more information, contact: Kalima Rose, Associate Director, PolicyLink,, 510-663-2333

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