Attainable Housing for All Campaign
In 2021, ULI made increasing housing attainability a global mission priority. This commitment leverages the ongoing work by the Terwilliger Center. Through housing-focused advisory and technical assistance panels, expanded research and thought leadership initiatives, and the development of a connected and engaged community of practice of residential development stakeholders, the Terwilliger Center will grow and deepen ULI’s housing work and impact.
The Study Panels
The primary tool of the campaign will be ten study panels (technical assistance panels (TAPs), Advisory Services Panels (ASPs), roundtables, etc.) during calendar years 2022 and 2023 focused on delivering and/or maintaining housing units attainable to cities’ current and future residents. The study panel campaign will leverage the breadth of recent, current, and future housing-focused work within ULI to inform and advance efforts around the country to enable housing production and improve home attainability and equity.
The Terwilliger Center’s participation in and support of this technical assistance panel was made possible by the generous financial contribution of former ULI global chair Thomas Toomey.
Recent technical assistant panels focus on strategies and models to overcome barriers to housing production to enable development to meet cities’ current and future housing needs.
In 2023 the Terwilliger Center has already worked with:
Rabun County, GA
The difficulty of providing workforce housing in a booming second-home community is not singular to Rabun. Communities all across the U.S. are facing similar challenges. The tourism industry largely drives the county’s economy. While this may sound like a great foundation for community success, one factor – housing – remains out of balance, and housing affordable to those working in Rabun’s backbone industries is incredibly scarce.
Steamboat Springs, CO
Mountain resort towns like Steamboat Springs have long struggled to provide enough housing that’s affordable. Yet in the wake of the pandemic, the situation is worsening: with full-time remote work here to stay, relocation to resort towns is a growing trend — and Steamboat Springs is no exception, resulting in a housing crisis as supply lags far behind demand. The Yampa Valley Housing Authority (YVHA) invited ULI’s Advisory Services team in to assess the development plan for a 500-acre site, including the affordability mix, financials, strategy working with the private sector, as well as stewardship and governance.
Steamboat Springs, CO: Leveraging Brown Ranch for Housing Attainability
City of Sacramento, CA
The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) developed the Green Means Go program to catalyze development in green zones that have capacity for infill development and show a reduction in vehicle miles traveled. This Advisory Services panel offer recommendations that would support the development of mixed-income, infill housing along these corridors with the goal of creating walkable, mixed-use communities in Folsom’s central business district (CBD) and Sacramento County’s North Watt Avenue corridor.
Folsom and Sacramento County California: Attainable Housing along Commercial Corridors
Marysville and Yuba Cities, CA
Urban infill housing presents an opportunity to locate housing near existing amenities and infrastructure, but it is also difficult to finance and build. The cities of Yuba and Marysville have identified potential catalytic development sites and gap funding in their respective downtowns, which include affordable housing, medical offices, and commercial uses.
Infill Housing in Small Town Settings
City of Austin, Texas
Cities across the United States are grappling with how to preserve housing affordability. Many cities have recognized the value of preserving market affordable housing as an important element in the affordability landscape. For Austin, many of these market affordable properties have an added historic element—many are over 50 years old— and represent the pride residents feel for the City.
Preserving Affordability Within a Displacement Preservation Framework
City of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
The city of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, prosperity and affordability requires balancing future development with the needs of existing residents to ensure housing affordability is sustainable and opportunities for building wealth are generated while displacement is avoided.
Improving Housing Quality and Affordability while Supporting Equitable New Development in a First-Ring Suburb
City of Boise, Idaho
Boise is at a crossroads. The city is booming, and growth is happening. Whether one wants it to happen or not, extreme changes in population patterns and in a changing climate will be a major factor in most community planning and real estate development decisions going forward over the coming decades. Planning for Unprecedented Population Growth in a Formerly Affordable City
Quality affordable housing is at risk in Philadelphia. According to a recent report issued by a joint partnership between the Division of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation, and Stepwise Real Estate Analytics, Philadelphia is home to a significant number of naturally occurring affordable housing (NOAH) rental units. This panel focuses on recommending strategies that can protect these units. Preserving Philadelphia’s Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing
An advisory services panel made recommendations to Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on increasing the supply of affordable housing in the Rock Creek West Planning District, which includes Ward 3, parts of Wards 2 and 4, and is one of the District of Columbia’s most affluent areas.
Affordable Housing, Washington, DC – Advisory Service Panel
The Advisory Services Panel was invited to North Charleston in March 2019 to offer a fresh perspective on the future of 22-acre Charleston Naval Hospital site, adjacent parcels along Rivers Avenue, and the economic growth of several surrounding neighborhoods. Central to the panel’s charge is to offer the Sponsors a recommendation on whether to repurpose or demolish the Hospital structure, ahead of the planned demolition in May. North Charleston, South Carolina – Advisory Service Panel
National Housing Exchange
The Terwilliger Center launched a National Housing Exchange in November 2021. The Exchange is a way to convene ULI’s most engaged members working with their local District Councils on housing issues. The Exchange members (which include staff and members who make up local product councils or task forces dedicated to housing) have agreed to collaborate to scale up their impact through peer-to-peer engagement and enhanced support from the Terwilliger Center. The Center curates expert speakers to present on specific topics identified by Exchange members. The Exchange also offers an opportunity to present local housing work to a national audience for real-time feedback and knowledge sharing. As of July 2022, about 47 members from 17 District Councils are part of the Exchange.
For more information and interest in joining our campaign, please contact:
Rosie Hepner at [email protected] and Fabiola Yurcisin at [email protected]