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Matching Affordable Housing Availability To Need

In Baltimore, a recent report has called for increasing housing density and decreasing building restrictions to reduce the gap between the need for and the availability of affordable housing.

"The report, a copy of which was obtained by The Sun, warns: 'It is inevitable that this gap will continue to grow unless steps are taken to ensure that enough affordable housing is developed to meet the anticipated growth in low and moderate wage jobs in the county, and that existing affordable units are preserved.'"

"But the draft report also underscores a consensus that the problem cannot be effectively confronted without increasing housing density - the number of housing units per acre."

"'Zoning changes need to be made throughout the county, encouraging building and redevelopment at higher densities, and broadening the ability to add housing to commercial sites,' the report says."

Full Story: Housing 'gap' addressed

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