Advancing Fair Affordable Housing Goals

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
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You'll learn about:

  • Practical actions you can take to promote and produce affordable housing

  • How to inspire elected and appointed leaders to create successful alliances for producing locally supported housing initiatives

  • How local jurisdictions can further fair housing affirmatively

Like many metropolitan areas, Boston faces an ongoing need for affordable housing and for its communities to further fair housing efforts. Many communities support production of affordable housing in concept but want to balance that production with preserving community character. By tapping into public resources like affordable housing trusts, inclusionary zoning, and surplus public land or buildings, communities can better control the kind of affordable housing being developed. Being proactive may also provide some defense against third-party proposals inconsistent with community character that seek to bypass local zoning. Explore best practices for promoting affordable housing and learn how Boston used HUD’s Rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing to reshape its approach to local housing policy and development. 

Speakers

Judith Barrett , Plymouth Regional Economic Development Foundation , Plymouth , MA (see bio)
Jennifer Raitt , Town of Arlington , Arlington , MA (see bio)