Create designated tax districts that generate revenue to invest in affordable housing initiatives, blight remediation, and economic development efforts
Policies & Programs
Policies and programs that can improve health
filtered by "Housing and Transit"
Establish a framework to increase walking and biking trails and improve connectivity of non-auto paths and trails in a particular area
Help commuters share transportation through informal arrangements between individuals, formally arranged dynamic ridesharing programs, or other ride-matching services
Provide funding for local community development activities such as affordable housing, anti-poverty programs, and infrastructure development
Purchase land to lease to low and middle income home owners and require them to sell the home back to the CLT or to another low income resident at an affordable price
Enhance streetscapes with greater sidewalk coverage and walkway connectivity, street crossing safety features, traffic calming measures, and other design elements
Train volunteers, professionals, or paraprofessionals to help residents assess and remediate environmental home health risks and recommend low cost changes (e.g., improved ventilation, integrated pest management, etc.)
Provide grants to states and localities to fund activities that build, buy, or rehabilitate affordable housing for rent or homeownership or provide direct rental assistance to low income households
Inform parents about lead exposure pathways and cleaning and hygiene techniques and undertake minor repairs or specialized cleaning
Provide eligible low and very low income families with vouchers to help cover the costs of rental housing; also called Section 8
Provide rapid access to permanent housing and support (e.g., crisis intervention, needs assessment, case management), usually for chronically homeless individuals with persistent mental illness or substance abuse issues
Facilitate mediation between tenants and landlords to resolve conflict and prevent eviction
Provide funding, primarily to low or median income families, to repair, improve, or modernize dwellings and remove health or safety hazards
Support funds that help create or maintain low income housing, subsidize rental housing, and assist low income homebuyers and non-profit housing developers
Require developers to reserve a proportion of housing units for low income residents via mandatory requirements or incentives such as density bonuses
Offer incentives such as free or discounted bus, rail, or transit passes, reimbursements, partial payments, or pre-tax payroll deductions to encourage individuals’ use of existing public transit
Support a four-tiered approach to indoor pest control that minimizes potential hazards to people, property, and the environment
Acquire, hold, manage, and develop properties such as vacant lots, abandoned buildings, or foreclosures, and transition them to productive uses, often affordable housing developments
Eliminate lead-based paint and contaminated dust by removing or encapsulating lead paint, or removing lead painted fixtures and surfaces
Provide funds to help low income households meet home energy needs, especially households with members who are young or elderly, or have disabilities
Provide funding via tax credits at the state and local level to support development and rehabilitation costs of low income rental housing
Support a combination of land uses (e.g., residential, commercial, recreational) in development initiatives, often through zoning regulations or Smart Growth initiatives
Provide physical infrastructure (e.g., bike parking or showers), educational or social support (e.g., walking groups), and financial incentives that support active commuting
Establish roads that avoid built-up areas such as towns, cities, or commercial/business districts
Introduce or expand transportation options that are available to the public and run on a scheduled timetable (e.g., buses, trains, ferries, rapid transit, etc.)
Prevent radon from entering occupied buildings and reduce existing indoor air radon levels via soil depressurization, home or room pressurization, heat recovery ventilation, etc.
Transition families and individuals experiencing homelessness into permanent housing quickly, often with supports such as short-term financial assistance, case management, landlord negotiations, etc.
Establish transportation services for areas with low population densities using publicly funded buses and vans on a set schedule, dial-a-ride transit, volunteer ridesharing, etc.
Promote walking and biking to school through education, incentives, and environmental changes; often called SRTS
Provide permanent, basic rental housing with social services available onsite or by referral, usually for low income families, seniors, and people with disabilities
Use devices such as speed cameras, radar, etc. to enforce speed limits; devices can be permanent fixtures or be used manually by law enforcement officers
Modify the built environment to affect traffic speed and patterns via speed bumps, pedestrian refuge islands, roundabouts, etc.
Arrange active transportation with a fixed route, designated stops, and pick up times when children can walk to school with adult chaperones
Provide assistance to low income families to make their homes more energy efficient and to permanently reduce their energy bills
Use zoning regulations to address aesthetics and safety of the physical environment, street continuity and connectivity, residential density and proximity to businesses, schools, and recreation, etc.