"Not In My Backyard": Removing Barriers to Affordable Housing
Unnecessary regulations at all levels of government stifle the ability of private housing industry to meet the increasing demand for affordable housing throughout the country. To address this problem, President George Bush asked Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Jack Kemp to convene an Advisory Commission that could identify regulatory barriers to affordable housing and recommended how these barriers could be removed. The President observed:
[At] all levels of government we have got to take a second look at some of the well-intended housing policies that actually decreased our housing supply. I’m talking about the excessive rules, regulations, and red tape that add unnecessarily to the cost of housing –by tens of thousands of dollars – or that create perverse incentives to allow existing housing to deteriorate…(Authors).
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