Excerpt: “Another option for increasing public ownership of private properties is the use of community land trusts (CLTs). These organizations are typically nonprofit entities that acquire land and convey the land to building owners through a ground lease. By owning the land, CLTs ensure that properties sited on the land are affordable in perpetuity.”
Excerpt: “The King County Housing Authority (KCHA) in Washington State has used eminent domain as part of its affordable housing strategy. Under Washington State law, public housing authorities are authorized to use eminent domain to acquire housing projects within their area of operation.”
Excerpt: “A public right of first refusal gives governments the opportunity to directly acquire property. For example, Montgomery County, Maryland has an ordinance that requires owners of all rental properties with 4 or more units to offer a right of first refusal to the county government, the county’s PHA, or to a certified tenant organization.”
Excerpt: “Under the Section 8 Housing Voucher program, residents pay approximately 30% of their income towards their rent and utilities, and the rest is paid by the voucher, up to the payment standard set by the PHA. Traditionally, these payment standards cap the voucher at between 90%-110% of the area’s Fair Market Rent (FMR).”
Summary: COVID-19 tenant protection proposals on the state and local level from across the country.
Excerpt: “The traditional cash security deposit was designed to protect landlords by providing funds to repair damages caused by tenants, but it also serves as a windfall to owners and creates an unfair barrier for many families seeking to move. A number of state and local governments are recognizing that property owners can be protected in other ways – without extracting up-front payments from families who cannot afford them.”
Excerpt: “These steps will be an important complement to ending some of the fruits (and drivers) of segregation and disinvestment, such as over-policing and mass incarceration in communities of color, separate and unequal schools for low-income children of color, and unsafe and sometimes toxic environmental determinants of health.
“We offer here a few ideas for activists and policymakers to consider as they continue the battle for anti-racist policies.”
Excerpt: “Source of Income (SOI) laws have the potential to increase voucher success and utilization rates, support geographic mobility for families with vouchers, and reduce the concentration of vouchers in low rent neighborhoods, freeing up lower-cost units for non-subsidized families. However, all SOI laws are not created equal; there is a wide range in strength and effectiveness. The goal of this policy brief is to highlight some of the lessons we have learned as these laws have evolved over the past thirty years.”
Excerpt: “Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMRs) are the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) calculation of fair market rents for zip codes. Normally, HUD sets one fair market rent (FMR) for a large geographic region, resulting in a subsidy level that often does not match local rents. HUD’s use of large geographic areas to set FMRs makes it harder for families to rent outside low-rent neighborhoods.”