Inclusionary Housing Policies Lead to Greater Number of Affordable Homes: Study

Originally published on April 19, 2022 by MBA Newslink Staff for the Mortgage Banker's Association.

A study by a Mortgage Bankers Association-supported member network suggests an optimal mix of incentives and requirements could help policymakers avoid polarizing private sector and community stakeholder groups while working toward the goal of increasing affordable housing production.

Up for Growth, a cross-sector member network committed to solving the housing shortage and affordability crisis through data-driven research and evidence-based policy, published an analysis of inclusionary housing policies. The first in a series of policy briefs, Missed Opportunities: Assessing and Leveraging Requirements, Incentives and Trade-Offs in Affordable Housing Development, examines how establishing set-aside and affordability pairings without careful calibration rooted in current housing market economics can create missed opportunities to both maximize the number of affordable units produced and ensure lasting affordability by adjusting offsets.

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