Affordable Housing Readiness Tool
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The U.S. is experiencing a shift in expectations fo r provision of affordable housing: HUD has rolled out new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housin g guidelines; mixed income developments are replacing former public housing; and state leve l Qualified Allocation Plans often reward access to transit and inclusion in mixed income com munities with increased points. In addition, income inequality in Atlanta is on the rise and the north/south metro divide in income and race remains clearly demarcated (2013). In addition, acc ess to opportunity is recognized as critical for achieving high quality of life; affordable hous ing alone is insufficient (Briggs 2005). Given these shifts, it is important that the field not re ly on availability of land or concentration of low income residents as primary metrics indicating pote ntial for success of affordable housing. Rather, assessing the community from a holistic fra me will ensure greater equity in access. In this paper I will first explore key aspects of e quity, access and limitation of displacement, through review of a variety of tools developed to a ssess access to opportunity in communities across the country. These tools include transit-ori ented development typologies, community indicator projects, program and community performan ce measures, program scorecards, and program dashboards.