Speak up for #Housing4Lincoln

Collective Impact Lincoln has identified policy changes to increase affordable housing opportunities for low-income families. CIL will be sharing more with the community and city leaders in the coming weeks and months.

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Our nation is facing a severe shortage of affordable housing, and Lincoln is no exception. In fact, housing is unaffordable for 46 percent of Lincolnites that rent at all income levels. That is, 21,655 Lincoln households are cost-burdened by their housing. In fact, 85 percent of extremely low-income families in Lincoln spend more than one-third of their income on rent.

Lincoln must address these issues before they become worse, and we urge Lincoln’s leadership to put our city at the forefront of national housing reform.

Collective Impact Lincoln – a Civic Nebraska-led partnership that includes Nebraska Appleseed and the South of Downtown Community Development Organization – has identified the following policy changes which, if implemented in Lincoln, would increase the affordable housing stock and/or the resources to increase housing affordability for low-income families. In the coming months, we’ll be sharing more about each recommendation with the community and city leaders.

Varied Income Access Plan

New housing residential developments above a certain size must either:

Set aside a percentage of affordable units to be rented out below market rate to low-income tenants at a rate proportional to their income, or

Contribute money to an affordable housing fund that the city uses for the development of affordable housing, or

– Build affordable units in an off-site development.

– In return, developers receive incentives such as expedited plan or permit processing, density bonuses, fee waivers, parking reductions, tax abatements or other similar benefits.

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Reform

TIF is a public subsidy given to developers to help finance redevelopment projects. Because these projects are publicly subsidized, taxpayers should get more than market-rate development in exchange when TIF is used for housing development.

TIF can be reformed by ensuring that housing developments subsidized by TIF dollars either:

– Set aside a percentage of affordable units to be rented out below market rate to low-income tenants at a rate proportional to their income, or

– Contribute money to an affordable housing fund that the city uses for the development of affordable housing, or

– Build affordable units in an off-site development.

Let’s make 2020 the year that all Lincolnites achieve housing affordability. Learn more about Collective Impact Lincoln and how you can get involved in lifting up Lincoln’s core neighborhoods.

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Joe Shaw
2 years ago

This is a great agenda.

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