Housing Affordability and Community Revitalization

Seven NewDEALers have risen to the office of Mayor just this year, and their impact is already being felt. This week, Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird announced a new tax incentive to support home buyers in certain neighborhoods as part of her community revitalization strategy. In coverage of the announcement, a local realtor talks about how the initiative could help influence a younger demographic to put down roots in Lincoln. The Mayor has also taken steps to make Lincoln a more welcoming place for all, such as signing an anti-discrimination order in November.

Investing in Affordable Housing in St. Petersburg, FL

NewDEAL Leader St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman unveiled a new 10-year affordable housing plan that will help an estimated 7000 households. His plan focuses on the construction of new multifamily housing units, new accessory dwelling units to add to housing stock, new funding for an affordable housing pool, and other solutions to both add housing and to protect existing properties. Check out more details about his ambitious new plan and how it will be funded.

Understanding the Housing Crisis in Salem, MA

As part of her emphasis on finding solutions for Salem’s affordable housing crisis, Mayor Kim Driscoll and the city of Salem, MA released “Homes for Salem”, a four-part video series intended to increase public awareness of the housing crisis and talk about the importance of implementing policy solutions. Mayor Driscoll said the video series will help those who weren’t able to attend public forums to better understand the problem, as the city considers both traditional and creative solutions to build housing stock and update existing homes. Read more details about the series or watch the videos for yourself.

Birmingham Inclusive Growth Partnership

NewDEAL Leader Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin unveiled the Birmingham Inclusive Growth (BIG) Partnership this week, which will identify potential opportunity zone projects and ensure opportunity zones improve residents’ quality of life and produce returns for investors. Learn more about the BIG Partnership and the first project, a renovation of a vacant historic building into workforce housing.