Aspen Romeyn. Senior Planner, Triangle J Council of Governments. Our Approach. Education is critical. Emphasize that affordable housing is a spectrum. Affordable housing strategies need to be comprehensive. ID: 659703
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Housing Affordability in Local Government
Senior Planner, Triangle J Council of GovernmentsSlide2
Education is critical
Emphasize that affordable housing is a spectrum
Affordable housing strategies need to be comprehensiveSet the contextShare what we hearProvide an overview of the role local governments can playAddress perceptions to help local governments engage in affordable housing in a positive waySlide3
Get on the Same PageSlide4
Understand the LanguageSlide5
What “Affordable Housing” Looks Like
Image sources: apartments.com,
Google Street View, dhic.org, communityhometrust.orgSlide6
Why Is This An Issue Now?
Rapid Population Growth
The region’s growth is visible on our roadways
Similar “congestion” in the housing marketSlide8
Population Growth vs. Building Permits
For all TJCOG counties
High demand, slower construction since the recession
3,720 more new households than new units
Data from the American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates and U.S. Census Bureau Building Permit Survey.Slide9
Tight Real Estate MarketSlide10
Rapid Increase in Housing Values
20%+ increase in home values in last 13 yearsSlide11
Slower Increase in Incomes
Source: Equitable Growth Profile of the Research Triangle Region
Lower-wage workers have only seen a 7-19% wage increase since 1979Slide12
What we’ve heard
“Our public works employees live in Lee and Harnett Counties.”
– A small town in Wake County
“Any time a tax credit project is proposed we hear a lot of negative stereotypes.”
“The last affordable apartment complex that was built has 75 units and filled up in a week.”
“Our strongest need is finding housing for families, and that will be more acute when 700 more move in with this new employer.”
“I’m going to have to move away if I can’t find a place in the next few months.”
“My elderly mother wants to move closer to me, but there’s a 12-18 month waiting list for any place that caters to the elderly.”
“We don’t have a lot of land left so it’s hard to create new housing, but demand is high.”
“Our waiting list for rehab and repair projects in Chatham County is about 4 years.”
“We can’t build our way out of this.”Slide13
Why Local Governments May Want to Engage in Affordable Housing
Local governments have influence over development policies, pay policies, and can leverage state and federal resources
Cross-jurisdictional commuting contributes to traffic congestion, impacts quality of life for residents and workers
Quality housing at different income levels contributes to better health outcomes, educational outcomes, and builds communityWith decrease in state and federal funding for affordable housing, local governments are increasingly choosing to put their own resources towards addressing the issue Consider: what percentage of your local government staff has incomes that would make them eligible for affordable housing?Slide14
What Can Local Governments Do?
educate public, elected officials, developers about benefits and consequences of different types of development.
provide infrastructure in appropriate places, streamline the development review process, etc.
Provide financing, land, or grants to fill the financing gap of an affordable housing project.
Set policies about development size, parking, quality, etc. that help produce and maintain quality affordable housingSlide15
Infographics for a Local Government
Definition of Affordable Housing
How local incomes compare to affordability thresholds
Does it provide options?
How does it impact affordability?Slide16
Income Data Analysis
Created to help elected officials respond to public perceptions about a proposed workforce housing development.
The income limits for the project: $30,000 - $50,000
The median household income in Princeton: $35,55625-30% of resident households in Princeton and Johnston County would be eligible to live in the proposed apartments.Slide17
Opportunity Sites Analysis
Chatham County Housing CommitteeSlide18
Housing & Transportation Costs
Proportion of income spent on housing & transportation, with 45%+ considered cost-burdened
Median Income Household
80% AMI Household
Data from the Housing & Transportation Index.Slide19
Link between Land Use, Housing, & Transit
Durham-Orange Light Rail
Link between Land Use, Housing, & TransitSlide21
Effective Value Statements
“We need to remove the barriers that Triangle residents with low incomes face in finding housing they can afford, close to work and schools.”
“Children deserve an opportunity to succeed in school and life, which is tied to having a stable home.”
“We can live in a region where everyone has access to opportunity and a decent, stable, affordable place to call home. By investing in housing opportunities, we can create communities with a better future for all of us.
“It is only fair that everyone has a safe, decent place to live.”
“Hardworking people should be able to afford housing and still have money for groceries and other basic needs.”
“Housing gives people an opportunity to build better lives. To succeed you need a place to call home.Slide24
Aspen RomeynSenior PlannerTriangle J Council of Governmentsaromeyn@tjcog.org