In 2016, the Housing Justice Center (HJC), together with the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and Becker Consulting, completed a study on policies which metro cities can, and should, adopt in order to reduce the cost of producing affordable housing. The research found that reform of local practices in a variety of areas could substantially reduce the cost, and thereby significantly increase the amount, of affordable housing produced annually.

The report covers the following topics: 
– Project Scale and Density; density bonuses 
– Local Financial Resources: TIF, TIF pooling, tax abatements, 4d, levy authority, housing revenue bonds, G.O. bonds, public ownership 
– Site Selection and Acquisition; land leases 
– Reduced Parking Requirements, proof of parking 
– Fee Reduction or Waivers 
– Administrative Processes and Delay 
– Materials and Site Requirements 
– Manufactured Housing 
– Preference for Mixed Income Development 
– Inclusionary Housing Policies 
– Addressing Community Opposition 
– Overcoming Barriers to Affordable Housing

A detailed report on the study is available here