SmartCities Dive: NLC report: Cities, states need better cooperation to solve the housing crisis

SmartCities Dive: NLC report: Cities, states need better cooperation to solve the housing crisis

Dive Brief:

  • The National League of Cities (NLC) has released a report, “Local Tools to Address Housing Affordability: A State-by-State Analysis,” examining the intersection of state policies and local housing markets. It suggests cities’ ability to improve housing conditions varies greatly across the country, and it depends on both state and local regulations.
  • The report looks at five policy areas in all 50 states and the District of Columbia: inclusionary housing, rent control, housing vouchers, housing trust funds and state tax incentive programs. It says DC and cities in California and New York have more tools than other cities do to address housing affordability, while cities in Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Texas and Virginia have fewer.
  • The report indicates cities and states need stronger partnerships with each other to solve the housing crisis.

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