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Public Land & Affordable Housing in the Washington, DC Region: Best Practices and Recommendations

Reducing the land costs of a residential project can be a valuable way to foster housing affordability for lower-income residents in the Washington, DC metro area. Given the region’s strong economy, growing population, and shortage of available land in desirable locations, the Washington, DC area is home to some of the highest land costs nationwide, making it difficult to build housing that is priced at levels affordable to low- and moderate-income households. By offering publicly owned land at reduced or no cost to developers, communities can reduce overall development costs significantly and make affordable housing possible with much lower direct public subsidy.

For more information or to schedule an interview with the author, please contact Andrea Nesby, Sr. Marketing & Communications Associate, at (202) 466-2121, ext. 240, or anesby@nhc.org.

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