Housing Policy Guide

By American Planning Association



APA's Housing Policy guide identifies policy solutions for planners and local, state, and federal elected officials that address dire housing challenges — including accessibility, affordability, and availability — plaguing rapid and slow growth communities nationwide.

The Housing Policy Guide promotes specific, actionable guidance that builds upon the policy ideas first identified in our 2006 Housing Policy Guide and integrates the policy principles that make up our Planning Home Action Agenda.

Building On

Policy Guide Working Group Chair Jennifer Raitt describes how the new guide addresses trends that have emerged since 2006 — like public and private finance, resiliency, and zoning — and how APA members and planners can use the guide as a tool to effect change not only in their communities but also at the state and federal levels.



This guide was approved by the APA Delegate Assembly on April 14, 2019, and ratified by the APA Board of Directors on May 14, 2019.


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June 4, 2019
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American Planning Association
The American Planning Association provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.

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