We advocate to make
housing an opportunity,
not an obstacle.

Up for Growth Action® promotes federal policies that
achieve housing equity, eliminate systemic barriers, and create more homes.

Reversing 100 Years of Exlusionary Policy

1920s

The federal government played a key role in creating a housing market incentivizing exclusion.

Over the last century, incremental state and local housing and land use policy decisions have accumulated into a complex web of discriminatory systems governed by laws and regulations that make housing needlessly restrictive and prohibitively expensive.

2020s

Housing production remains constrained by its exclusionary roots. Discriminatory residential patterns resulting from harmful housing regulation are deeply embedded in our housing system. They perpetuate racial inequity and reinforce disparity by encouraging exclusive communities of single-detached homes, shutting millions out of high-opportunity neighborhoods.

Now is the time for the federal government to lead a new, more inclusive approach to housing.

Proof of
the Policy Problem

UNSUSTAINABLE COMMUTES

The share of commuters driving more than 60 minutes to work increased by 20% from 2006 to 2018

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STIFLED ECONOMIES

If the top 10 labor markets reduced artificial barriers to housing to median levels, it would expand the workforce and increase GDP by 9.5%

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RISING HOUSING COSTS

37% increase in the share of middle income renters that are cost burdened from 2006 to 2018

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SUFFERING BUSINESSES

1 in 5 business owners cite hiring and retention as their top issue, a direct link to workers’ ability to access their jobs

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ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES

Adopting a pattern of accessible growth could reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled by as much as 26% compared to current growth patterns

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Equal Opportunity for a Better Future

Research shows the neighborhood where an individual grows up is one of the strongest indicators of economic and social outcomes.

America faces a severe shortage of homes.

7.3 Million

This shortage is driving rapid price increases across housing markets putting pressure on existing housing inventory. The result is lower- income earners are forced to compete with middle income earners for a finite supply of existing housing.

Building homes just anywhere isn’t going to solve the problem. We need an Accessible Growth approach.

Accessible Growth prioritizes housing
production in areas of high economic opportunity, areas that leverage investments in transportation and infrastructure, and where jobs already exist.

We use tax, appropriations, transportation and infrastructure, housing, and environmental policy to…

EXPOSE

discriminatory policies and practices

REVERSE

exclusionary policies and artificial barriers to housing

REPLACE

with policies that drive accessible growth, promote inclusion and adapt to changing needs

Many Interests,
One Goal

Affordable Housing Developers • Affordable Housing Advocacy Coalitions • Affordable Housing Lenders • Anti-Displacement Advocates • Architects •  Chambers of Commerce and CEO Organizations • Community Development Corporations • Community Development Financial Institutions • Councils of Governments • Direct Service Providers • Engineers • Environmental Advocates • Fair Housing Organizations • Financial Firms • Former Elected Officials and Policy Makers • Grassroots Pro-Housing Advocates • Homeless Housing Advocates • Housing Finance Agencies • Housing Innovators • Law Firms • Multifamily and Commercial Developers • Metropolitan Planning Organizations • Municipal Leagues • Parking Reform Advocates • Place Management Organizations • Policy & Research Organizations • Public Housing Authorities • Real Estate Brokers and Realtors • Rural Housing Advocates • Single Family Homebuilders • Smart Growth Advocates • Social Equity Advocates • Social Impact Investors • Tax Credit Syndicators • Trade Associations • Transit Advocates • Urban & Regional Planners • Urbanists

Up for Growth Action® relies on the work of Up for Growth®, a 501(c)(3) pro-housing policy and research member network that forges unexpected partnerships among practitioners, stakeholders, and lawmakers to develop policy solutions to the housing crisis.

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When you support Up for Growth Action®, you support an effective voice for federal pro-housing policy. Our organization brings focused advocacy for policies that address America’s severe shortage of homes and affordability crisis.

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