Policy Toolkit

Welcome to our local policy toolkit! Below, you can enter details about your neighborhood and the problems you hope to solve, and the toolkit will show you the policies most suited to your needs. You can choose any combination of attributes, and you don't have to choose one from each category. Ideally, a city would enact most or all of these policies to effectively deal with gentrification, but this toolkit can help you determine which ones to prioritize.

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Excise Tax to Prevent Coercion
Levy Excise Tax on Homes Sold to Higher-Income Buyers Require home buyers to pay a fee based on the difference
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Local Businesses in New Developments
Make Room for Local Businesses in New Developments Require new developments to include existing businesses on agreeable leases. Small businesses
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Cap Property Taxes for Long-Time Residents
Cap Property Taxes for Long-Time Residents Prevent property tax increases from forcing owners out of gentrifying neighborhoods. San Francisco (photo
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Increase Code Inspections
Increase Code Inspections and Fund Repairs Increase housing safety by increasing inspections and making funding available for repairs and renovations.
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Tax on Rent Increases
Tax Rental Property to Prevent Rent Increases Dis-incentivize above-average rent increases. San Francisco (photo by authors) What’s the issue? When
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Standard Two-Year Lease
Implement a Standard Two-Year Right-to-Renew Prevent sudden rent increases and eviction without notice by enforcing a standard lease. Mural in
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Community Benefits Agreements
Community Benefits Agreements  Require developers to share information about projects in multiple languages so communities can negotiate local benefits. West
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Community Property Trusts and Co-Ops
Community Property Trusts and Co-Ops Help community members set up property trusts and co-ops to create and manage their own
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Representation in Planning Process
Representation in the Planning Process Increase representation to ensure neighborhood control over change and growth. Project Advisory Committee Meeting, Charlottesville.
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One-to-One Replacement of Demolished Units
One-to-One Replacement of All Demolished Occupied Units Requires demolished units must be replaced by units of the same rent and
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Community Preference for New Housing
Require Community Preference for New Affordable Housing Built Ensures that families displaced from their homes will have first right of
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Local Hosting Options
Use Local Voucher Systems to Formalize Local Hosting Helps families stay in their communities by creating formal hosting options with
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Reinvest Criminal Justice Spending in Affordable Housing
Reinvest Criminal Justice Spending in Affordable Housing Reinvests money spent policing vulnerable populations to increase community stability. Seattle (photo by
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Regional Affordable Housing Coordination
Regional Affordable Housing Coordination Requires all cities in a region to work together to meet affordable housing demand North Beacon
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Tax on Vacant, Impervious Land
Tax on Vacant, Impervious Land Incentivizes owners to build affordable housing on vacant lots. Vacant lot in New York City
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Linkages to Construction Jobs
Link Vulnerable Groups to Construction Jobs  Increase affordable housing production and family opportunity by training people for construction jobs. Construction
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Include Cost of Transit in Rent Caps
Include Transportation in Affordability Calculations Ensure that families can afford both housing and the transportation necessary to get to work.
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Increase Transit Subsidies
Price Congestion to Provide Transit Subsidy Prevent high transit costs from forcing people to leave jobs if they move. New
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Eliminate Transit Fees for School Children
Eliminate Transit Fees for School Children During Commutes Helps children stay in the same school even if the family moves
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Encourage Service-Provider Collaboration
Encourage Collaboration between Service Providers of Different Capacities Facilitates communication between service providers, like homeless shelters, in different cities to
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Use Dividends from Major Industry for Funding
Use Dividends from Major Industry to Fund Programs Harnesses the growth of major industries to fund equitable development programs. Amazon
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