Talking about affordable housing is one thing but people get a bad case of NIMBY-ism at the prospect of an affordable housing development in their neighborhood.
The funny thing – which is actually tragic – is that everyone is affected by affordable housing. 18 million people spend over fifty percent of their income on housing. What does that leave for food, transportation, child care, and medical care?
As gentrification barrels along unabated, rents spiral into the stratosphere. The National Housing Conference Solutions for Housing Communications may be able to lead the way out of the desert of our barren housing landscape. I’m attending the conference in Minneapolis next week to find out and I’ll report what I learn in future posts.
Gaining community acceptance for affordable housing has long been a sticking point in developing successful communities. National and local polling data commonly show support for solutions to homelessness and housing affordability challenges, but when it comes to siting, neighbors often balk at the prospect of affordable housing being built nearby. Community opposition can create delays that put developments in jeopardy and make it tougher for the next affordable development to succeed.
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