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The Housing Solutions Workshop is a four-week intensive virtual program of seminars, strategic consultation, and team-building created by NYU Furman Center’s Housing Solutions Lab, Abt Associates, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. The Workshop aims to help small and midsize cities and counties—those with populations between 50,000 and 500,000—as they develop and implement comprehensive housing strategies to better meet their affordability and other housing challenges.

What if my city or county is too small to qualify?

If your city or county is too small to qualify alone, you might consider a joint application with a neighboring jurisdiction. The Call for Applications details the eligibility criteria for joint applicants.

Sign up for updates to be notified of any future trainings and learning opportunities for cities of other sizes.

For specific technical assistance, research, policy, or data questions, submit an inquiry through Ask the Lab.

Can nongovernmental organizations apply?

The Workshop is intended primarily for local governments and their key partners in developing a local housing strategies. At least four of the proposed delegation members should be senior local government officials. External partners, such as nonprofits or local housing advocates, may be included in the delegation so long as the application demonstrates how the partner will help develop and implement a local housing strategy and why it is important to include them.  

Can I observe the Workshop even if I'm not selected or don't qualify?

Unfortunately, only selected delegations are able to attend this Workshop. However, Local Housing Solutions contains extensive resources to help interested stakeholders learn about creating local housing strategies. Follow the links on the right-hand sidebar of this page to learn the basics of affordable housing, assess your locality’s housing needs with recent Census data, review your jurisdiction’s current strategy, learn about our Housing Policy Framework, or discover what the Housing Solutions Lab is researching and analyzing.

Can localities outside the US apply?

This Workshop is only for cities and counties located in the United States.

How should the combined population of joing applicants be determined?

Sum the population of residents served by the applicants. Do not double count residents in overlapping areas. For example, if a city with a population of 200,000 submits a joint application with the county where the city is located, and the county has a population of 400,000, the combined population would be 400,000.

Can elected officials be included in the proposed delegation?

Yes, elected officials can be represented in a locality’s delegation as long as they are key actors whose collaboration is needed to advance and implement the locality’s housing strategy. Applicants will ideally demonstrate the officials’ commitment to housing efforts and previous engagement in local housing policy or strategy development.

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Review the full Call for Applications.

More questions about the application process or Workshop? Contact HSW@abtassoc.com

 

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