How does  Inclusionary Housing address Racial Equity?

Inclusionary housing policies were first developed to specifically counteract a history of ‘exclusionary zoning’ policies that reinforced economic and racial segregation. Although not intended to completely right racial injustices embedded in our nation’s housing practices, inclusionary housing can provide an immediate supply of affordable housing for households earning below median income in neighborhoods already rich with services and amenities 

What is it?

Local inclusionary housing policies tie the creation of affordable homes for low- and moderate-income households to the construction of market-rate housing or commercial development.

Who is using it?

There are over 1000 inclusionary housing programs in 31 states and the District of Columbia. They serve large central cities and smaller suburban communities wherever new development is occurring or anticipated.

What impact is it having?

Inclusionary housing policies have created over 100,000 housing units. While no one housing policy alone will meet a community’s affordable housing needs, inclusionary housing can be one of several important sources of new affordable housing opportunities.

Designing a Policy

Essential things to get right in your policy

There is no single “right” or “best” way to create an inclusionary housing policy. The details of the policy should be specific to the set of other local housing programs available, current market conditions, and the local needs of a particular community—centering the needs of Black, Brown, and other marginalized people of color. 

Making It Work

Tips for implementing a program so it runs smoothly

Inclusionary housing programs cannot be successful unless they are well-run and well-staffed. Implementation details can have a significant impact on whether the program successfully serves Black, Brown, and other marginalized people of color. Communities also need to be able to track program data in order to understand if the program is working as desired, including addressing racial inequities, and make changes over time. 

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