States Focus on Coordinating Housing, Economic Development

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices has released a report on achievements and lessons learned from its policy academy on housing and economic development. Through the academy, the NGA Center and the Fannie Mae Foundation partnered with other experts in housing and community development to provide intensive technical assistance to state teams from Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania. The teams worked toward developing and implementing policies to better coordinate state housing and economic activities to create stronger communities. The report highlights some successes of the efforts, from simplifying housing funding applications in Iowa to comprehensive mapping of Pennsylvania investments to support housing and community development. The paper is available by clicking here.