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Inclusionary Housing:
A Viable Solution for Opportunity and Progress

What is it?..Where Does it Come From?

Over 25 years ago, wealthy Montgomery County, Maryland, outside Washington, DC, adopted its Moderately Priced Dwelling Unit (MPDU) ordinance. The "MPDU" mandate was the nation's first inclusionary zoning law.

In any new housing development of 50 or more units, the county council ruled that at least 15 percent of the housing must be affordable for the lowest one-third of the county's households. As compensation, developers could receive a density bonus of up to 22 percent. By law, the county public housing authority could buy one-third of the affordable units.

In the decades after the advent of the ordinance, for-profit homebuilders produced almost 11,000 MPDUs┘two-thirds purchased by young teachers, police officers, retail and service workers. Over 1,500 MPDUs, scattered in more than 200 middle class subdivisions, were purchased by the housing authority.

The result? Montgomery County became one of the nation's more racially and economically integrated communities. Ensuring housing for a diversified labor force also was key to successfully diversifying the county's job base. (David Rusk, Innovative Housing Institute)

How Does it Work?

Key elements of Inclusionary Housing are:
Do We Need It?

What it Could Do

Want to Learn More?

Contact the Coalition or visit the following web sites: ours at; The Innovative Housing Institute at; or 1000 Friends of Florida at www.1000friendsof