"Promoting housing affordability by combating exclusionary housing policies"


CFC # 41863 (Combined Federal Campaign) 


2011: Law clerks document deficient housing planning in Fairfax County growth areas, complete initial survey of statutes addressing regulatory barriers


Two of EHI's law clerks for summer 2011  -- Alyssa DiGiacinto (George Mason University School of Law, Class of 2013) and Sara Tonnesen (Georgetown University Law Center. Class of 2013) -- focused on regulatory barriers in Northern Virginia. Among their many contributions:

  • Ms. Tonnesen produced an extensive report on the Fort Belvoir area of Fairfax County, where the Army base is undergoing a major personnel buildup that is adding to the serious housing affordability challenges in the area; and
  • Ms. DiGiacinto provided helpful facts and figures on jobs and housing units in the nearby Springfield area of the County.

Due largely to their efforts, EHI now has a detailed knowledge of current planning and zoning throughout Fairfax County, and it has advised affordable housing advocates in the Fort Belvoir area and elsewhere about causes of, and cures for, their affordable housing challenges. For more on Fort Belvoir-related issues, CLICK HERE. 



Two other summer law clerks -- 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 on Oregon -- please click on the following hyperlinks:

2010: Law clerks document statutory approaches to regulatory barriers in key Eastern and Midwestern states, and economic effects of such barriers


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 he following hyperlinks: 

 EHI continues to believe that effective legislation will be crucial to widespread

elimination of regulatory barriers in the foreseeable future, and it plans to publish a

comprehensive analysis of legislative approaches to date. No such comprehensive document has

been published as yet. 


Also in 2010, law clerk Ginger Collier (Georgetown University Law Center, Class of 2012), a professional economist, 

performed an analysis of several important, recent economic studies of the effects of regulatory barriers. She 

found that they are a measurable problem in many major metropolitan areas across the nation, including some not 

specifically discussed in those studies. 


The studies’ authors are Profs. Edward L. Glaeser of Harvard University, Joseph Gyourko of the University of 

Pennsylvania, and their associates. E.g., Edward L. Glaeser, et al., The Impact of Building Restrictions on Housing 

Affordability, Economic Policy Review, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, June 2003, at 28, available at: 

http://www.newyorkfed.org/research/epr/03v09n2/0306glae.pdf. The studies are a big step forward in the analysis of 

the effects of regulatory barriers on housing prices. For more on those studies, CLICK HERE.