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Building a Strategy: Create a Successful Housing Strategy and Tailor It to Your Community


This resource from provides a step-by-step guide to developing and implementing a successful housing strategy. The site is an online guide to state and local housing policy developed and maintained by the Center for Housing Policy, the research affiliate of the National Housing Conference. The purpose of is “to collect and provide examples of proven solutions for expanding the availability of homes for working families and others in your community.”

There is a special toolkit section on the site for developing housing solutions for older adults:

Key Points

This toolkit enables community planners to follow a step-by-step process for developing a comprehensive housing strategy. It offers instructions on how to get started, who to involve, how to set goals, establishing policy objectives, how to create a plan, and so forth.

A key feature of the tool is examples of different housing strategies across different size markets, geography, and objectives. It is likely that a community or situation shared here mirrors what a local community may be experiencing. There is no need to “reinvent the wheel,” just follow these helpful steps.

How to Use

Community planners and local officials will find this site to be very helpful in setting forth a planning process for a local housing strategy. The information presented here is easy to follow and based on experiences from around the country. Those focusing on older adult housing issues should pay close attention to the Toolbox section and the links to the area about older adults.

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