Track Record

A Track Record of National Pro-Housing Legislative Success

In just two years, Up for Growth Action® has established itself as the leading advocate for federal legislation that seeks to eliminate systemic barriers and create more homes. Up for Growth Action led the introduction and House passage of two signature bills in the 116th Congress: H.R. 4351, the Yes in My Backyard (YIMBY) Act, and H.R. 4307, the Build More Housing Near Transit Act (language included in H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, Subtitle G-Transit-Supportive Communities, Sec. 2703).

H.B. 2001
Housing Choices

AUGUST 2019

Status

Up for Growth Action, in partnership with Oregon Smart Growth, successfully lobbied for enactment into law.

What It Does

The first bill in the nation to require all medium and larger cities statewide to eliminate exclusionary zoning.

Why It Matters

Requiring cities to allow missing middle housing in single-detached zones increases Oregon’s housing diversity and significantly boosts zoned capacity.

H.R. 4351
Yes in My Backyard Act

MARCH 2020

Status

Up for Growth Action successfully lobbied for U.S. House of Representatives passage of the bill. It passed without opposition.

What It Does

Requires recipients (primarily cities and states) of CDBG funding to respond to implementation status of a 21-point checklist of pro-housing policies once every five years.

Why It Matters

Creates transparency into local policy to eliminate barriers and amplifies best practices to increase housing supply in communities nationwide.

H.B. 2950
Multi-Family Tax Exemption

APRIL 2020

Status

Up for Growth Action successfully lobbied for introduction of the bill and enactment into law.

What It Does

Extends the duration of the state’s tax exemption program for qualifying multifamily communities that provide a
set-aside of affordable homes.

Why It Matters

Increases development of dense, walkable and mixed-income communities in high-opportunity and transit-served areas.

H.R. 4307
Build More Housing Near Transit Act

JULY 2020

Status

Up for Growth Action successfully advocated for this legislation to be included in H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act.

What It Does

Provides incentives for transit agencies to work with cities to better align zoning and land use policies to support housing needs along proposed transit lines.

Why It Matters

Encourages reduction of barriers and increases resources for housing production in transit-served neighborhoods.

A.B. 2345
Statewide Density Bonus Law

SEPTEMBER 2020

Status

Up for Growth Action successfully lobbied for introduction of the bill and enactment into law.

What It Does

Increases the maximum statewide density bonus for qualified developments that provide a larger set-aside of affordable homes.

Why It Matters

The legislation is forecasted to increase production by 200,000 more homes over the next five years, helping California meet its housing goals.