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Friday, April 10 • 8:05am - 9:30am
FR8.05.01 Preserving access to the city through housing policy

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Renters form the majority of residents in all large cities in the United States. On average, renters’ incomes are substantially lower than either the regional or city average family or household income. Due in part to tax incentives that stimulated the production of rental housing in the decades following the second world war, a large stock of aging rental housing in large cities is now vulnerable to loss through redevelopment, potentially displacing a substantial number of low income households. This vulnerability is heightened in the context of rapidly changing market conditions, planning efforts that are stimulating redevelopment (particularly transit-oriented development), and the expiration of subsidies that have kept rents low in some buildings. Not only would replacing large numbers of demolished units with comparably affordable new housing be prohibitively expensive, the displacement of thousands of low income households from central city neighborhoods would represent a dramatic change in the social character of cities, with potentially disastrous ripple effects for both individual households displaced and for the larger community. This panel will review current efforts to preserve rental housing in cities across the country, from the perspective of national housing policy advocates and technical assistance providers (the National Housing Trust, and Enterprise Community Partners), through comparative study of contrasting approaches and motivations for local initiatives in three cities (DC, Denver and Chicago), and through discussion of an effort to strategically preserve buildings in locations offerings residents important benefits in Austin, Texas.

Making the Case for Retrofitting Unsubsidized Affordable Housing: How, When and Why Cities Preserve and Green Older Multifamily Housing
Barbara Brown Wilson, University of Virginia

Gentrification without displacement: lessons from six cities
Melinda Pollack, Enterprise Community Partners

Using the LIHTC to preserve affordable rental housing near transit
Todd Nedwick, National Housing Trust

Preserving access to changing places: a strategy for rental housing preservation
Elizabeth J. Mueller, University of Texas at Austin


Elizabeth J. Mueller

University of Texas

Todd Nedwick

National Housing Trust

Melinda Pollack

Enterprise Community Partners

Barbara Brown Wilson

University of Virginia


Barbara Brown Wilson

University of Virginia

Friday April 10, 2015 8:05am - 9:30am
Balmoral (2nd floor)