Over the course of two days in October 2009, the Association for Neighborhood Housing and Development (ANHD) brought together key stakeholders from the affordable housing community, including local and national housing agencies, policy experts, not-for-profit developers, and advocates. The purpose of this forum was to engage in a discussion of challenges and opportunities related to ensuring permanent affordability in subsidized housing. Generously sponsored by Capital One and hosted by the Ford Foundation, this forum continued the important conversation initiated by ANHD's groundbreaking 2008 report, "Roadmap to Permanent Affordability: Analysis, Observations and The Future of Subsidized Housing in New York City."
Representatives from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. joined those from New York City to share experiences and best practices from the field. These cities were invited for two reasons. First, all have implemented some form of permanent or long-term affordability policy, which has proven effective while not impeding development. Second, the housing markets and development landscapes in these cities are quite comparable to New York's.
Through this learning across varying geographies and levels of government, ANHD hopes to achieve greater national consensus on the issue and encourage workable policy solutions for New York City. The purpose of this report is to capture key points of discussion and actionable solutions from this convening and identify possible next steps in support of permanently affordable housing.