The Housing Policy Library contains information on housing policies that may be of interest to cities, towns, and counties. To help make sense of the dozens of policy options available to localities, review the Housing Policy Framework.
Each write-up provides an introduction to key policy components and considerations and links to materials providing more information. These policies are organized into a series of categories and sub-categories that correspond to key roles that are executed by local housing policy. Click on the policy name to access the policy description. The categories and sub-categories together comprise our housing policy framework.
These policies facilitate the creation and preservation of housing units that come with legal restrictions on the incomes of the households that can occupy them and/or the rents or home prices that may be charged.
These policies help localities match market rate supply with demand. Understanding local and regional housing market conditions and variation across neighborhoods can help localities determine whether (and where) they should focus on increasing the housing supply or addressing vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties.
These policies help renters afford the costs of privately owned housing units, help households become homeowners, improve affordability by reducing utility costs, and address housing discrimination.
These policies help reduce evictions and foreclosures, maintain and improve housing quality, stabilize neighborhoods, and reduce the loss of unsubsidized affordable housing units.