Western Center on Law & Poverty released its Affordable Housing Manual, a free, easy-to-understand, comprehensive compendium of tools for advocates seeking to increase the supply of affordable housing. It is designed for housing advocates, grassroots organizers, and community members. Although it contains some California-specific information, it will be useful to advocates everywhere.
In addition to discussing the advocate’s role in planning processes and advocacy strategies, the manual has chapters on using the Census Bureau’s webpage and federal planning documents such as the Consolidated Plan, Public Housing Agency Plans, and Section 3 Plans. Fourteen appendices include a sample Community Benefits Agreement, a sample Citizen Participation Plan, and a housing and land-use glossary.
Affordable Housing Manual was written by long-time advocates Lynn Martinez, Madeline Howard, and others.