Addressing Community Opposition to Affordable Housing Development: A Fair Housing Toolkit
Increasingly, housing developers face opposition from communities to affordable housing. Often based on myths, stereotypes, and outright discrimination, the practices are largely unlawful. Yet developers are often ill-equipped to address this opposition effectively. They lack the tools to educate the broader community and municipal officials, build support for their vision constructively, yet effectively, and move ahead with worthy and responsible projects. Additionally, opposition to affordable housing is being further fueled by newer concerns about land use, density, and design. As pressure increases to reduce development, affordable housing -- especially multi-family -- is often the first casualty.
This toolkit is intended to give developers a working knowledge of fair housing in a form they can use. It gives common sense, hands-on tools to deal with public hearings, building community support, using the media, working with officials, and moving to legal action. It includes an extensive list of Web sites, articles, and books on issues relating to affordable housing development and fair housing, as well as legal resources.