Local Policy Toolkit

This guide discusses a number of affordable housing policy tools available to Washington cities, including information about how each tool can address the needs, priorities, and concerns of local leaders and community members. This report contains information to guide this work related to: the definition, benefits of and need for affordable housing, the local comprehensive planning framework for changing local policy, and many local policy tools related to land use, preservation, tenant-protections, and funding. The report is intended to inform local policy makers, advocates, and others interested in addressing local affordable housing needs.  If you have any questions about this report or have suggestions about other information you would like to see included, please contact Sara at [email protected].

HDC is incredibly grateful for all the work of Evans School students Talia Kahn-Kravis and Corey Dahl for their work on this report.

Click HERE to view the local policy tool template.

Click HERE to view the presentation shared by HDC staff at the 2015 Housing WA Conference which outlined the local policy tool.

Click HERE for HDC’s Under One Roof report, an analysis of city-level affordable housing commitments and actions to meet housing needs in King County.