Equitable Housing Institute celebrates achievements
on its tenth anniversary

 

The Equitable Housing Institute (EHI) celebrated many substantial achievements as it turned ten years old in September 2018. (EHI became a tax-exempt, legal services nonprofit organization on September 19, 2008, under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.)

EHI had made significant progress in combating regulatory barriers to housing affordability (a/k/a exclusionary housing practices), both locally and nationwide. For example, EHI’s reports on housing problems of low- and moderate-income Americans across the United States, and solutions to those problems, helped promote the emerging, national consensus—among housing policy experts, economists, and even Presidents of the United States—that:

  • Land use regulations often include major, widespread barriers to housing affordability for low- and moderate-income Americans; and
  • Those barriers are so serious that broad-based reforms are needed.

(For more on that consensus, please click on EMERGING CONSENSUS ON REGULATORY BARRIERS TO HOUSING AFFORDABILITY.) 

Locally, EHI played a substantial part in the addition of more than 27,000 new housing units to plans or draft proposals by local government land use agencies in Northern Virginia—part of the Washington, DC, region, and EHI’s home base. More than 3,000 of those units would be affordable to low- and moderate-income people, and reserved for them.