Mention affordable housing and too often it conjures up the thought of failed housing programs from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Not only does this fly in the face of reality of what’s happening in our cities today but it does a disservice to the residents of recently built affordable homes. Simply stated, affordable housing means bringing income diversity to neighborhoods, rather than isolating communities from one another.
Traditionally, affordable housing was something that was only built in certain areas — typically less desirable — of most cities. However, it’s important that all residents, including working families, enjoy the opportunity to live throughout city neighborhoods.
Let’s remember, cities across the country have reversed decades of population decline and are now growing. Once places people couldn’t wait to leave, cities are now where more and more people want to live, work, and play. This isn’t an accident. The high-rise apartments and closely located brownstones that represent many American cities are now recognized as integral to community living.