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Losing Ground. The Twin Cities Livable Communities Act and Affordable Housing.

Goetz, Edward G. and Lori Mardock.

The Livable Communities Act (LCA) was enacted by the Minnesota Legislature in 1995 in part to expand housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income families. About 125,000 low-income families in the Twin Cities are paying more than 30 percent of their income for housing and the need for affordable dwellings is likely to increase in the near future. An analysis of how LCA is being implemented, however, shows that by fulfilling the goals set in participating communities, the proportion of housing stock that is affordable will actually be reduced under the LCA program. A number of recommendations are suggested that could reverse these results, including revised definitions of affordability, new goals, incentives, and statewide zoning laws. An article presenting the results of the study will appear in the April 1999 issue of the CURA Reporter.

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CURA 98-2. Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
39 pp.
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