Promote Affordable Housing
Invest in affordable housing and clear the pathway for more construction
- Problem: Affordable housing is becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. Homebuyers and homebuilders are held back by limited access to financing, affordable building materials, and skilled labor, as well as land-use restrictions and NIMBYism. Outdated or disconnected planning and approval pipelines can also prevent the integration of housing and infrastructure development. This results in communities being disconnected from their needs, housing costs that have left millions of people struggling, and millions more who are left homeless.
- Solution: Congress needs to address the root cause of the problem with market-based solutions that clear the way for more affordable housing and smarter development. The NDC believes Congress should:
- Enact policies to improve regional planning decisions, address restrictive zoning policies, and encourage transit-oriented housing development
- Shore up sustainable, long-term federal funding to support the development and maintenance of affordable housing