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Public Land and Affordable Housing
March 13, 2015
This one-hour webinar explored policy and development strategies that maximize the potential for affordable housing on public land. Panelists discussed the findings of a recent report from the National Housing Conference (NHC) and ULI-Washington titled Public Land & Affordable Housing in the Washington DC Region: Best Practices and Recommendations and explored what themes from the report may be relevant for crafting effective public land policy in other regions of the country.
Nina Janopaul, CEO of the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH), discussed what her organization learned from developing the Arlington Mill Residences – an award-winning, 100-percent affordable property built on county-owned land alongside a new county-built community center, with a shared parking garage serving as the foundation for each building. Robert Hickey, co-author of the report and senior research associate at NHC’s Center for Housing Policy, discussed how Arlington Mill Residences and other case studies led to eight recommendations for effectively using locally-owned land for affordable housing. Together the two panelists covered such topics as the advantages and challenges of using public land for affordable housing, issues involved in co-locating affordable housing with public facilities, economic factors that affect the feasibility of mixed-income housing on public land, and policy approaches used by localities inside and outside the DC metropolitan area.
About the Presenters
Robert Hickey is a senior research associate with NHC’s Center for Housing Policy, where he analyzes the potential of various local and state housing policies to address our nation’s housing challenges. Learn more about Robert’s work on his Staff Page.
Nina Janopaul is the CEO of the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing.
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