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In order for everyone to have equitable access to the benefits brought by neighborhood improvements, communities should adopt policies that: a) preserve and expand affordable housing across all neighborhoods and b) reserve a share of new development for affordable housing. Given the many political complexities of housing policy, a broad coalition of practitioners and advocates is necessary to ensure that low- and moderate-income households can afford to live in neighborhoods seeing an influx of higher-income households or where new investment is taking place (Preserving, Protecting, and Expanding Affordable Housing, ChangeLab Solutions, 2015)

Townspeople’s approach over the last 30 years has been to demonstrate that small organizations can make an impact in the development of affordable housing.

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