Allowing more housing options provides more options for affordability. For example, code changes likely will mean more opportunities for Habitat for Humanity and Proud Ground (two non-profits that work to help people buy affordable homes) to find sites that work for them, such as places for townhouses.
We’ve also added two land use applications specifically for affordable housing a couple years ago. These adjustment applications were intended to provide more flexibility for affordable housing developments. No fee or hardship criteria.
Also, the city’s Five Year Housing Action Plan, adopted in 2019, has a goal of providing a 218 affordable housing units (including 89 deeply affordable units) during that period as well as working with private developers to include 20 units per year of affordable housing. The plan also seeks to provide 60 households with affordable home ownership during the five-year period.