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The Good Neighborhood Project of the Delaware Housing Coalition (DHC) is a long‐term project to meet the need for affordable, accessible, inclusive communities everywhere in Delaware by creating a more equitable geographic distribution of affordable housing.

Fair Share Housing

Fair Share Housing Measure

A “Fair Share" of affordable housing means a better geographic distribution of affordable housing, giving households greater choices and opportunities, while benefiting communities as a whole.

The Fair Share Housing Measure describes the additional affordable housing units that a community should make available in order for that community to bear an equitable geographic share of the total need.

Target Census Tracts

The Target Census Tracts are ones with greater choice and opportunity. They result from eliminating census tracts where more low-income housing would be undesirable. All Delaware census tracts were mapped for each of these variables, following which only the census tracts with all of the following characteristics were selected as targets: >$40,000 household median income,<15% poverty rate, <30% renter percentage,not in a racially or ethnically concentrated area, and within the state's identified "growth zone"

Affordable Housing

  • Has an extremely high positive economic impact
  • Is of proven social benefit to the communities where it is situated

Affordable Housing Needs

  • Cannot be met solely by focusing on the gap between incomes and housing cost or on the funding required to make housing affordable for poor Delawareans.
  • Can only be met by addressing social, regulatory, and civic barriers to a more equitable geographic distribution of affordable housing and greater life opportunities.

Affordable Housing can and should be made available in:

  • Mixed-income neighborhoods
  • A variety of different housing types
  • Healthful environments
  • Proximity to open space, employment opportunities, public transportation, and well-performing public school districts
  • Communities where unemployment, poverty, and crime are low
  • Racially and ethnically diverse neighborhoods
  • Neighborhoods with a diversity of work and professional backgrounds among heads of households.

Community Impact

The 2012 study, Community Impact: The Effect of Assisted Rental Housing in Delaware, is the first study to be done here and the first statewide study anywhere of this kind.

It is a thorough quantification of the association between the presence of subsidized or income-restricted ("assisted") housing in Delaware communities and any subsequent changes in the property values in those communities. The central findings of the report are that the location of assisted multifamily rental housing is typically not associated with any subsequent changes in the values of neighboring properties. The perceived association with lower property values is generally due to the historic strategy of locating these properties in areas of the state where property values are already relatively low and also relatively declining.

For all these reasons...

We endorse the Good Neighborhood Project of the Delaware Housing Coalition.
We recommend use of its Fair Share Housing Measure in community planning discussions.
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