Housing Supply Accelerator
A partnership between the American Planning Association (APA) and the National League of Cities (NLC), the Housing Supply Accelerator is a national campaign to improve local capacity, identify critical solutions, and speed reforms that enable communities and developers to work together to produce, preserve and provide a diverse range of quality housing by realigning the efforts of public and private stakeholders in the housing sector to meet housing needs at the local level.
Information & Resources
About the Campaign
About the Campaign
The Housing Supply Accelerator will bring together local governments, community planners, builders, financial institutions, housing policy associations and state and federal partners to develop, align and advance solutions for housing supply challenges at the local level.
Through this solutions-oriented campaign, we will develop model practices, ordinances and actionable resources to accelerate and incentivize local approaches to land use, housing development and preservation.
A Campaign for Locally Driven Housing Supply Solutions
Learn more about the launch of this effort to realign stakeholders and advance solutions that accelerate and incentivize reforms to land use, housing development, and preservation.
A steering committee of local leaders and planners, each with unique perspectives and experience in housing policy, planning, or development have been appointed by the campaign co-chairs. These representatives are actively working within their respective communities to identify and apply solutions on the front lines of the national housing crisis. The steering committee will begin guiding efforts on three areas of focus over the course of the campaign: zoning and regulatory reform; construction and development; and finance.
Angela D. Brooks, FAICP
APA President and Director, Corporation for Supportive Housing, Chicago
Steering Committee Co-Chair
Angela D. Brooks, FAICP
Director, Corporation for Supportive Housing, Chicago
Vincent Bertoni, AICP
Planning Director, City of Los Angeles, California
Andrea Brown, AICP
Executive Director, Michigan Association of Planners
Executive Director, Washington Housing Conservancy, Washington, D.C.
City Manager, Greensboro, North Carolina
Emily Liu, FAICP
Director, Louisville Metro Office of Planning and Design Services, Louisville, Kentucky
Sarah Marchant, AICP
Chief of Staff, New Hampshire Community Loan Fund
Executive Director, Northern Middlesex Council of Governments, Lowell, Massachusetts
Angela Self, AICP
Planning Administrator, City of Garland, Texas
Arlova Vonhm, AICP
Zoning Division Chief, City of Arlington, Virginia
John Zeanah, AICP
Director, Division of Planning & Development, City of Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee
Mayor Victoria Woodards
NLC President and City of Tacoma, Washington
steering Committee Co-Chair
Mayor Corey Woods
City of Tempe, Arizona
Mayor Angela Birney
City of Redmond, Washington
Vice Mayor Jolien Caraballo
City of Port St. Lucie, Florida
Executive Director, League of California Cities
CEO, Maryland Municipal League
Mayor Bianca Motley Broom
City of College Park, Georgia
Council President Vop Osili
City of Indianapolis, Indiana
Mayor Aftab Pureval
City of Cincinnati, Ohio
Councilmember Adriana Rocha Garcia
City of San Antonio, Texas
Mayor Mark Shepherd
City of Clearfield, Utah
Why are NLC and APA Partnering Together Now?
Housing Stability is a Prerequisite for Economic Mobility, Job Security, and Health and Well-Being
Housing is the single biggest factor impacting economic mobility for most Americans. When residents have stable living conditions, the benefits are apparent — students do better in school and health outcomes improve. Communities benefit as a whole from this stability. Opportunities for investment growth and economic prosperity develop when housing policies and products serve the needs of residents across generations and income levels. It's up to local governments and leaders to evaluate and reform ordinances and rules to create positive outcomes for residents and communities.
The Affordable Housing Crisis Harms Every Community
In many places, housing instability and homelessness are outpacing the capacity of local governments, housing developers and financial institutions to meet the evolving housing needs of cities and towns. Although localities are not impacted equally, every city, town, and village, from urban to rural, is negatively impacted by the housing crisis. Because housing markets are regional, clashing ordinances related to housing and homelessness can drive racial inequities and produce negative economic outcomes across a region.
Every Level of Government is Being Pressured to Act
Elected officials at every level of government are hearing from constituents that housing is a major problem where they live. In response, cities and states are pursuing a wide range of different, and sometimes contentious, solutions.
Local Governments and Leaders an Essential Part of the Solution
Local leaders are pushing the boundaries of what's possible for local governments to meet demand for housing. Cities are experimenting with zoning and code reforms and, lacking other alternatives, some are building housing on their own.
Annual federal funds for housing and homeless assistance programs are deeply appreciated but insufficient to meet the demand. Local governments are filling gaps by using one-time funds through the American Rescue Plan Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to finance the production and preservation of housing. The Housing Supply Accelerator will help localities do more with their housing dollars and maintain their efforts even after these one-time programs wind down.
In the coming weeks, key housing supply stakeholders, housing association partners and housing policy partners will be directly invited to participate in the Housing Supply Accelerator.
Local government leaders and planners will also have an opportunity to provide critical insight to this campaign through engagement with National League of Cities and the American Planning Association.