December 27, 2019

Help NAR Identify Barriers to Affordable Housing

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has published an RFI seeking public comment on federal, state, local, and tribal laws, regulations, land use requirements, and administrative practices that artificially raise the costs of affordable housing development and contribute to shortages in America's housing supply.

The National Association of REALTORS® will be submitting comments for this RFI and is requesting any information or examples from your area on how regulations are restricting housing affordability.

In this RFI, HUD is seeking information on the following:
 
  • Specific HUD regulations, statutes, programs, and practices that directly or indirectly restrict the supply of housing or increase the cost of housing;
  • Policy interventions, solutions, or strategies available to State, local, and Federal decision makers to incentivize State and local governments to review their regulatory environment or aid them in streamlining, reducing or eliminating the negative impact of State and local laws, regulations, and administrative practices;
  • Ways that State-level laws, practices, and programs contribute to delays in the construction industry and specific laws, practices, and programs that could be reviewed;
  • Common motivations or factors that underlie local governments’ adoption of laws, regulations, and practices that demonstrably raise the cost of housing development, and whether such factors vary geographically;
  • Peer-reviewed research and/or representative surveys that provide quantitative analyses on the impact of regulations on the cost of affordable housing development;
  • Performance measures, quantitative and/or qualitative, the White House Council on Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing should consider in assessing the reduction of barriers nationally or regionally and advantages and disadvantages of each measure; and
  • Recommendations on how to best utilize HUD’s Regulatory Barriers Clearinghouse for States, local governments, researchers and policy analysts who are tracking reform activity across the country.
More information, including the full RFI, is available HERE.

Please provide any information or examples of housing affordability barriers by Monday, January 13, to Matthew Marks, GLVR's Government Affairs Director (Matthew@GLVR.org).