Our Attainable Housing Team is committed to pursuing solutions that create more equitable communities where people of all incomes, races, and ages can afford to live. In November, ACT hosted a public action with 425 of our members and secured commitments from Anne Arundel Councilmembers to support the Essential Worker Housing bill. The bill would have ensured that future housing development projects in Anne Arundel County include a percentage of units available for sale or rent below market, for individuals, and households with lower income levels.
This type of policy is often called MPDU for Moderately Prices Dwelling Units or Inclusionary Zoning. An MPDU program could create hundreds of new homes every year that are attainable to people and families who are currently priced out of housing in Anne Arundel County.
Yet despite repeated testimony from affected residents and community leaders this bill was defeated by one vote.
The defeat of these two bills is not the end for us. The fallout of these actions continues to have personal consequences for county residents and our own members.
Leveraging the work of the past months, the Housing Team has set a goal of seeing new housing legislation introduced this spring. This work includes:
Reaching agreement with stakeholders on the contents of MPDU and Redevelopment legislation to achieve affordable housing.
Expanding the much-needed education to a broader audience about affordable housing.
Working with county officials and staff on additional policies required to integrate moderate-cost housing in mixed-use redevelopment projects;
Reaching out to subject matter experts to define the components needed to implement a county-wide affordable housing plan.
Housing Education Series
Join ACT and county leaders for an important and timely education series as we pursue achievable strategies for building healthy communities and affordable housing for you, your family, neighbors and residents. Come hear the information, participate in discussions and share your housing story. The sessions are being held via Zoom on February 22 and March 14.
The Role of Planning to Create Affordable and Equitable Communities
February 22 – 7pm – 8:30 pm
Planning and zoning policies are key to developing equitable communities where people of all incomes, races, and ages can afford to live. The process also includes significant public engagement through regional plans, and we can make a difference.
Putting it All Together – Taking Action for Affordable and Equitable Communities
March 14 – 7pm – 8:30 pm
Using the information gained and together with our stories, we’ll take action to show our elected officials the policies we want that create healthy, equitable communities in Anne Arundel County where people of all incomes, races, and ages can afford to live.