‘Housing Supply Accelerator Playbook’ Released by American Planning Association

May 15, 2024

The Housing Supply Accelerator Playbook from the American Planning Association (APA) and the National League of Cities (NLC) for local elected officials and community planners working to boost diverse, attainable, and equitable housing supply in communities nationwide. Communities working to be more age- and dementia friendly that have prioritized “housing” as a focus area may find much of this resource useful.

From removing regulatory barriers to housing to demystifying housing finance, this guide aims to inspire local innovation and supercharge efforts to meet communities where they are and close the nation’s housing supply gap. Addressing housing supply shortages will require a multifaceted approach that includes expanding, preserving and improving local housing supply.

The resource includes case studies from Boston, Chelsea and communities across the country that highlight a number of ways communities can take action on housing issues. Also referenced is a previously released guide called “Housing Diversity Encourages Age-Friendly Accessible Communities.”

Alongside age- and dementia friendly community efforts, the playbook is also a useful resource for private and public stakeholders to productively engage and collaborate with cities, towns and villages and share in the responsibility of addressing housing supply challenges. It is intentionally designed to be flexible, allowing users to tailor their exploration based on their needs. The playbook is not structured linearly and does not need to be read sequentially. APA and NLC suggests users leverage the table of contents – as the resource is 92 pages, including research references – to guide them to the areas where they specifically require guidance or seek inspiration.

As a result of the Housing Supply Accelerator partnership between APA and the National League of Cities, the solutions embraced in this guide are supported by our core partners at the Mortgage Bankers Association, National Association of Home Builders, and National Association of Realtors.