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Policy Memo
Prioritize Western Water Grants that Support New Housing

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) should prioritize funding water projects for local governments that would expand the production of new housing in their service areas if given the water resources to do so. 

02.21.24 | 3 min read
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Social Innovation
Policy Memo
Eliminating the Chassis Requirement to Free Manufactured Homes from Local Discrimination and Regulatory Dead Weight

Congress needs to amend the definition of a manufactured home to remove the phrase “on a permanent chassis.” By doing this, Congress can eliminate wasted construction materials, allow new multifamily design options under the HUD Code, and unleash competition from factory-built manufactured housing. 

02.21.24 | 4 min read
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Nuclear Weapons
Blog
Construction Of New Nuclear Weapons Facility At Barksdale AFB

Satellite images show that the Navy has begun construction of a new nuclear weapons storage and handling facility at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.

02.20.24 | 3 min read
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Social Innovation
Policy Memo
Redirect Federal Housing Tax Expenditures from “Gated” Cities to “Opportunity” Cities

The federal government should remove housing tax benefits for all landowners in cities that refuse to build housing at a necessary pace.

02.20.24 | 4 min read
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Social Innovation
Policy Memo
Exclusionary Zoning or Highway Funds, Your Pick: A Viable Mechanism for Federal Action on Zoning

We propose that the federal government use highway funding as a legal mechanism to force states to adopt zoning reform.

02.20.24 | 3 min read
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Social Innovation
Policy Memo
Less Paperwork, More Projects: Streamlining applications for Federal funding in housing development

The programs meant to create housing abundance have instead created a complex network of paperwork that is redundant, rigid, and discouraging.

02.20.24 | 4 min read
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Social Innovation
Policy Memo
A National Housing Policy Simulator: A Plan for Modeling Policy Changes to Spur New Housing Supply

The good news is that the tools, data, and proof of concept all exist today; what is needed now is for the federal government to build, or fund the creation of, a National Housing Policy Simulator.

02.20.24 | 3 min read
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Social Innovation
Policy Memo
Building internal staff capacity would help HUD support pro-housing policies

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) should designate or hire at least one career staff member to work on housing supply and land use as their primary responsibility.

02.19.24 | 3 min read
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Social Innovation
Policy Memo
Unblock Mass Timber by Incentivizing Up-to-date Building Codes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) could speed the adoption of mass timber through grants that incentivize state and local governments to adopt the latest IBC codes. 

02.19.24 | 4 min read
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Social Innovation
Policy Memo
Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Policy Recommendations

Incentivizing organizations to use their profits to build more housing will enable the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) to create much more housing in the long term.

02.19.24 | 4 min read
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Social Innovation
Policy Memo
Expand the Fair Housing Initiatives Program to Enforce Federal and State Housing Supply and Affordability Laws

Congress and HUD should expand the Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) to fund external enforcement organizations.

02.19.24 | 3 min read
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FAS
Issue Brief
Report
Working with academics: A primer for U.S. government agencies

Collaboration between federal agencies and academic researchers is an important tool for public policy. This primer provides an initial set of questions and topics for agencies to consider when exploring academic partnership.

02.14.24 | 16 min read
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