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Affordable/Workforce Housing Recommendations and Barriers in Arizona and Metro Phoenix

Sep 12th, 2008

Prepared for: LISC Phoenix & Arizona Community Foundation
Prepared by: Sherry Ahrentzen, PhD & Elif Tural

The ASU Stardust Center for Affordable Housing and the Family undertook this three-phased project for Arizona Community Foundation and LISC Phoenix to inform the regional business community leadership of recommendations made by various task forces and commissions of specific initiatives and policies that would generate more affordable/workforce housing in greater Phoenix and Arizona; major barriers and challenges that affordable housing initiatives in Arizona and Phoenix typically confront; and successful policies and programs throughout the country that are germane to the most consistently recommended initiatives and policies.

This report is composed of 3 main sections:

  1. Compendium of affordable/workforce housing recommendations in Arizona and metro Phoenix. This section includes the four matrices of specific recommendations made by the various commissions, followed by executive summaries of each report and a descriptive list of each commission’s recommendations regarding affordable/workforce housing.
  2. Barriers to development of affordable/workforce housing in Arizona and metro Phoenix. Culled from four major and recent reports, four matrices of specific barriers are followed by description of barriers identified in each report.
  3. Examples of best or exemplary practices of some of the leading policy, program and development recommendations identified in the first section of this report. The best practices are grouped under three categories: employer-assisted housing programs, housing trust funds, and development tools.

To read the full report, please click here.