State & Local Policy
Enterprise’s State & Local Policy team works in state houses and city halls across the country to increase local resources for affordable housing, use existing resources more effectively and ensure that America’s rental housing stock is sustainable for the long-term. We approach policy and advocacy by working with local partners through coalitions, building relationships with policymakers and providing recommendations based on best practice.
We also coordinate the High-Cost Cities Housing Forum, a peer-to-peer group comprised of the local housing commissioners from nine of the most expensive cities in the United States. The forum serves as a venue for policymakers to discuss housing policy, offer program ideas and exchange best practices.
Where We Work
Enterprise has a deep presence in 11 markets across the country, where we are working with state and local policymakers to develop the policies, resources and programs necessary to address the housing problems facing their communities. The smaller circles on the map below indicate the 500-plus communities where Enterprise Advisors – our public consulting and technical assistance team – has partnered with local stakeholders and others on tough challenges and strategic opportunities.
While our specific priorities vary from market to market, our State & Local Policy work focuses on four general areas of public policy:
- Expanding Local Resources: Maximize funding for key housing programs, and establish state and local housing trust funds with dedicated revenue sources.
- Supporting Inclusive Development: Engage private developers through inclusionary zoning where appropriate, and establish land use and other regulations that promote the cost-effective development of multifamily housing.
- Promoting Racial Equity and Economic Opportunity: Connect low-income families to jobs, quality schools, transit and other essential resources, while working with policymakers to develop comprehensive plans for addressing residential segregation and housing discrimination.
- Protecting Low-Income Renters: Establish protections for all renters from unnecessary evictions and other forms of forced displacement.
Other State & Local Policy Resources
Enterprise’s Long-Term Policy Platform: An Investment in Opportunity: A Bold New Vision for Housing Policy in the U.S.
Local Regulations: Bending the Cost Curve: Solutions to Expand the Supply of Affordable Rentals
Below is a summary of the highest-priority policy and advocacy efforts in each of our 11 markets for 2019 and beyond:
- Exploring the capping of application fees, implementation of a rental registry, and engaging on rules and regulations of extension of affordability periods
- Achieving passage of an ongoing dedicated source of revenue to provide rental assistance, supportive services, and increase production of affordable housing and filling the gap in 9% and 4% LIHTC properties statewide
- Advocating for the passage of an updated & strengthened warranty of habitability statute
- Developing a strategy to support growth without displacement in west and southwest Denver
- Advancing property tax incentive legislation to promote the preservation and creation of affordable housing in diverse markets
- In partnership with the Illinois Housing Council and others, developing a comprehensive state affordable housing agenda, including advocating for $1B in new resources for affordable housing in the capital budget
- Developing a policy strategy for long-term Metropolitan Water Reclamation District investment in green infrastructure on privately held land
- Working with the Illinois Housing Development Authority and the City of Chicago on the Qualified Allocation Plan, with focus on advancing investment in opportunity areas, developing a stronger framework for revitalizing communities and green building practices.
- As a founding member of the Elevated Chicago collaborative, working with partners to implement policy agendas, including recommendations in the Metropolitan Planning Council’s “Our Equitable Future Roadmap”, that advance racial equity, prosperity and resiliency in Chicago communities through equitable transit-oriented development
- Supporting the Bring Chicago Home campaign to create additional resources to end homelessness through a graduated real estate transfer tax
- Supporting implementation of the City of Detroit’s Multifamily Affordable Housing Preservation Strategy and Action Plan
- Continuing engagement with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority on the Qualified Allocation Plan, with a focus on Opportunity 360, green building practices, and permanent supportive housing
- Working with state and local partners to support new resources for affordable housing and community development, with focus on state tax credits
- Advocating for energy efficiency programs at the state and local level that benefit low-income families
- Providing policy guidance, research, and data assistance to support agencies and local jurisdictions in equitable implementation of Opportunity Zones Work with partners to advance tenant protections and increased access to housing for low-income renters.
- Securing adoption of an inclusionary zoning ordinance in New Orleans, and preventing preemption laws at the state level
- Supporting implementation of the New Orleans’ fair housing plan, with a focus on diversifying landlord participation in the Housing Choice Voucher program
- Supporting and promoting Opportunity Zone investments for equitable development
- Evaluating property tax incentives for affordable housing Securing funding for the Louisiana Housing Trust Fund
- Advancing a collaborative preservation policy agenda and resources in Oakland
- Advancing a public land policy in Oakland Establishing and developing a regional housing department with resources, technical assistance capacity, and data support for cities and other agencies who request it
- Advocating for a more equitable Regional Housing Needs Assessment methodology and effective implementation at the regional level
- Participating in the State Fair Housing Taskforce, overseeing ongoing management of State Opportunity Maps, and advising the development fair housing legislation
- Protecting and expanding the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program funding level; developing and coordinating AHSC legislative and advocacy strategy with our partners
- Advocating for inclusion of effective anti-displacement strategies in key state programs and policies
- Increasing resources and expanding policies that preserve existing unsubsidized and subsidized affordable homes, including permanent supportive housing
- Preventing low-income residents from falling into homelessness and creating a path towards improved housing stability
- Expanding resources for the development of quality, affordable homes, and policies that make it easier to site and build those homes
- Advancing racial equity through housing preservation, addressing disparities in housing and homelessness, and community engagement tools, such as the Undesign the Redline exhibit
- Advocacy and education for local Opportunity Zone policy and investments that benefit low-income communities and create more affordable housing
- Supporting policy solutions that foster economic mobility
- Drafting and adopting a Housing Action Plan for the Purple Line Corridor Coalition, and creating a pipeline of partners and projects that will preserve, protect, and produce more housing affordability for residents within the corridor
- Working through the Housing Leaders Group of Greater Washington with partners to ensure significant new public and private sector resources, and vital communications and engagement efforts, to support regional housing affordability goals that meaningfully exceed current pipeline and forecasted production and preservation
- Advancing District of Columbia efforts such as Comprehensive Plan amendments to ensure greater emphasis on equity and affordability as clear priorities
- Serving on the newly-constituted Baltimore City Affordable Housing Trust Fund Commission Supporting Prince George’s County efforts to implement Year 1 actions from recently adopted Comprehensive Housing Strategy, including creation of a functional, replenished local housing trust fund, land use and density, and height increases in/near TOD areas
- Working to shift resources in Arlington to measuring the racial equity gap in homelessness; introducing pilots and best practices designed to build equity in delivery of services and sustainable permanent housing for clients
- Leading and assisting in statewide coalition partner efforts in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia on budget, legislative, and policy goals that promote solutions for all communities through support for lower-income and vulnerable residents, including greater housing affordability, community development investment, and greater connections to health and wellness, mobility, workforce, and educational opportunities
- Advocating for legislation to amend the State Human Rights Law to include source-of-income as a protected class
- Securing funding for the Affordable Independent Senior Housing Assistance Program to fund services for seniors in affordable housing Strengthening NYC’s rent stabilization laws to protect tenants and prevent deregulation of stabilized stock
- Advancing recommendations put forward by the Family Homelessness Coalition around homelessness prevention (including increasing the supply of housing for homeless families with small children), post-shelter services and in shelter-improvements
- Advancing inclusive housing policies established in a platform created by the Regional Affordable and Fair Housing Roundtable co-convened by Enterprise and the Fair Housing Justice Center
- Leading a new initiative on Lead Poisoning Prevention to create and convene an emerging coalition to prevent lead poisoning, draft new policies, create a landlord engagement system, and assess financing solutions
- Pursuing new affordable housing and equitable housing policies on property tax, affordable housing requirements and incentives, and publicly-owned land use
- Leading the regional Fair Housing Working Group, including the creation of a voucher mobility program and countywide source-of-income protection ordinance
- Advocating for and tracking the implementation of a County Housing Plan, including securing local, dedicated, and flexible resources for housing
- Co-leading the Home Matters to Ohio campaign to expand the Ohio Housing Trust Fund, the state’s most significant and primary source of funding for affordable housing
- Advocating for strong investments into the State Housing Trust Fund Protecting the Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account (PSTAA) funds long-term and making needed technical changes, including affirming the use of funds for early learning facilities, bonding and endowments
- Clarifying and strengthening the Washington State surplus lands statute through implementation to establish clear guidance and precedent on the expanded authority granted to local municipalities and jurisdictions to discount land for affordable housing
- Ensuring that amendments and changes made to the City of Seattle’s Mandatory Housing Affordability plan maintain a strong commitment to affordability across the city
- Supporting and engaging cities in South King County to adopt and/or pursue local policies that protect tenants, fund more affordable housing, and remove barriers to building more affordable housing Supporting strong and responsive community preference policies and affirmative marketing strategies
- Supporting progressive tax policies that rebalance the burden of taxation in Washington and provide dedicated revenue sources for affordable housing
- Pursuing a change in the current Supportive Housing Ordinance in the City of Atlanta removing barriers to building new permanent supportive housing in Atlanta
- Advocating and educating elected officials on the need for the creation of local and statewide flexible resources for affordable housing
- Developing a policy strategy with HouseATL to reform housing affordability policies in Atlanta and statewide
- Developing and advocating for tax abatement programs to assist low-income homeowners and multifamily operators of affordable housing in the City of Atlanta
- Providing guidance, feedback and best practices to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs on enhancements to the state’s Qualified Allocation Plan