"Promoting housing affordability by combating exclusionary housing policies"


Statutes in California and Oregon addressing exclusionary housing practices are documented by EHI law clerks


Two of EHI's law clerks for summer 2011-- Joanna Funke (George Washington University Law School, Class of 2013) and Sarah Franz (George Mason University School of Law, Class of 2013) – wrote extensive analyses of statutory efforts in California and Oregon, respectively, to control regulatory barriers to affordable housing. Their work puts EHI in a position to evaluate key statutory efforts across the United States and make recommendations for improvement. For a summary of their findings -- and those of Advisory Committee member Prof. William A. Fischel, regarding Oregon -- please click on the following hyperlinks:


EHI law clerks document statutory approaches to exclusionary housing practices in key Eastern and Midwestern states, and under federal Religious Land Use Act ("RLUIPA")


EHI law clerks in summer 2010 produced extensive written reports on relevant statutory approaches in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois, and Houston, Texas – as well as the recent federal statute that prohibits exclusionary zoning regarding religious buildings (including homeless shelters and affordable housing for low-income people). For a summary of those reports, please click on the following hyperlinks: 


 EHI continues to believe that effective legislation will be crucial to widespread elimination of regulatory barriers in the foreseeable future. EHI plans to publish recommendations for more effective legislation, based in large measure on the experience with the statutes to date.