Famille 2 enfants devant la maisonOverview:  Homeowners may be concerned about increased taxes, more school funding demands, and the addition of “those people” to the community. However, the addition of affordable housing benefits the neighborhood by adding more residents to share the tax load, add community diversity, and bring skills and expertise to the workforce.

Talking Points

Strategies

1) Share your own story. Talking from your own personal experience is powerful. Keep your story to under three minutes.
2) Share the facts, not the argument. Let the data support your story.
3) Appeal to your neighbors. You have raised your children, paid taxes, and made friends in this town. You want to continue to live where you’ve established your roots over the decades, despite physical and mental challenges.

Resources
Post-Recession Housing Market Makes a Modest Recovery (Pattern for Progress 2015 update)
Equal Opportunity Housing (NationalFairHousing.org)
The Ethics of NIMBYism (Citizens Handbook)
Overcoming the Effects of NIMBYism (North Carolina Housing Coalition)
Chasing the American Dream (Cornell Press)
The Challenges to Homeownership in America (Center for American Progress)
Making Home Affordable (HUD)