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Cedar Rapids considers reinstating affordable housing commission


“On the other hand, including affordable units in a development can undercut its financial feasibility, reports the Urban Institute and National Housing Conference. For example, lower-cost units would mean less projected revenue, which could decrease the ability to secure a construction loan, the report found.”

Mapping the Spread of Inclusionary Housing Policies


“Critics say that inclusionary zoning policies drive up housing costs by limiting the total amount of housing built. In the majority of cases that isn’t true, according to 2016 research by the National Housing Conference’s Center for Housing Policy.”

How the omnibus will boost multifamily housing bonds


David Dworkin, president and CEO of the National Housing Conference, called the omnibus “the biggest and most important housing legislation in several years.” “Compared to the Trump administration budget, it’s downright dramatic,” Dworkin said. “It’s important because as the home ownership rate has fallen, there’s been increasing pressure on multifamily rental, particularly affordable rental.”

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