Tuesday, February 23, 2010

New Policy Briefs Communicate the Need for Better Coordinated Housing, Transportation and Workforce Policies

The Center for Housing Policy and the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) convened listening sessions in Atlanta and the Twin Cities last spring to explore regional perspectives on the coordination of housing, transportation and workforce policies.

Released today, two new policy briefs from the Center and MPC seek to share and expand upon the information exchanged during these sessions. While the foreclosure crisis has dominated the attention of housing policy practitioners and policymakers during much of 2008 and 2009, these briefs look to the future to address other current and looming housing challenges that are critical to the long-term success and sustainability of many communities nationwide.
How Transportation Reform Could Increase the Availability of Housing Affordable to Families with a Mix of Incomes Near Public Transit, Job Centers, and Other Essential Destinations
This report explains how reauthorization of the federal transportation bill can incentivize the improved coordination of transportation, housing and land use policy to ensure that families across a range of incomes have access to affordable housing and efficient, accessible transportation options.

Regional Coordination in Atlanta Metro and in the Twin Cities: Understanding the Challenges and Opportunities of Coordinating Housing, Transportation and Workforce Policies
This report draws from the information shared during the listening sessions about the experience of coordinating land-use, transportation and workforce policy in the Atlanta and the Twin Cities regions.
MPC has also prepared a related Executive Summary, which captures key lessons from the policy briefs, as well as current efforts to support and implement the Obama Administration’s Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

The Center gratefully acknowledges the support of the Surdna Foundation and the Metropolitan Planning Council for the development of these policy briefs.

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