The Coalition for Smarter Growth, in coordination with a number of allied organizations and individuals, works every day for a variety of solutions that can help to make DC a truly inclusive city. Our current work includes several policy areas.
Accessory Dwelling Units
As housing demand continues to outpace supply in the District, creative solutions are needed to provide additional housing in order to reduce rental costs. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are one such solution. An ADU is a secondary living unit in a house, with a separate entrance/exit. Examples of ADUs include basement apartments, backyard cottages, in-law suites, and garage apartments.
By building ADUs across the city, we can weave additional housing into existing residential neighborhoods in ways that enhance the community fabric, promote intergenerational living arrangements, and improve housing affordability.
There’s no silver bullet for DC’s affordable housing crunch, but inclusionary zoning (IZ) is one important policy tool we’re working on to help with the issue. We’re working hard make important changes to the program that will help it better serve low-income households.
Public Land for Public Good
D.C.’s extensive publicly owned lands are a key opportunity for the city to provide affordable housing to very low-income residents – the city can make a certain level of affordable units a requirement of any deal, while also meeting other citywide and neighborhood goals through great mixed-use developments.
Our report Public Land for Public Good provides the city officials and the public with an in-depth look at the city’s track record for producing affordable housing on public land. It offers recommendations as to how D.C. could use publicly owned land to increase the supply of affordable housing while fostering economic diversity, access to jobs, and the vibrancy of our neighborhoods.
DC Affordable Housing Alliance
The DC Affordable Housing Alliance is a coalition of organizations and individuals concerned about the availability of affordable housing in the District of Columbia. We are dedicated to promoting policies, programs and resources that support the successful development, preservation and operation of housing and related programs and services. The group has been convening on an ad hoc basis for 20 years.