A year ago, we kicked off our 2021–2022 Housing Solutions Collaborative, a peer-learning cohort of eight teams from across the country who are building partnerships and knowledge to advance housing equity in their communities. During their time together, the teams have made progress on issues from zoning and affordable housing production to emergency rental assistance and anti-displacement policies. Today, we invite you to read profiles of two HSC teams. Find out about their achievements and the lessons they’ve learned from participating in the cohort.
ADUs in Chesterfield County, Virginia
In Chesterfield County, nearly 75% of renter households below 30% of the Area Median Income (AMI) spend more than half of their income on housing costs. The Chesterfield County HSC team is exploring policy strategies to increase affordable housing while working within the county’s land use and zoning restrictions, including tax incentives and development of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) — small, separate living spaces built on the lots of single-family homes.
Inclusionary Zoning in Oakland County, Michigan
Affordable housing in Oakland County decreased by 37% from 2015 to 2019. To address the ongoing affordability crunch, the Oakland County HSC team is focusing on creating new affordable housing stock for people with disabilities, supporting an affordable housing trust fund, and exploring how municipalities in the county could embrace voluntary inclusionary zoning.