Legislative Agenda

Yes In My Backyard (YIMBY) Act

Bill Name: H.R. 3198 / S. 1614

Congressional sponsors: Brian Emanuel Schatz, Derek Kilmer, Todd Young, Tom Cotton

Background

  • According to Up for Growth’s Housing Underproduction in the U.S. report, the United States has underproduced housing by 7.3 million homes from 2000-2015.
  • Exclusionary land use policies — including zoning and density restrictions, onerous parking requirements, and other burdensome development regulations — drive a severe housing shortage and affordability crisis.
  • The Missing Millions of Homes report from the New Dems coalition shows that the cost of shelter has been the single largest increase in household budgets in the last 15 years and that the median U.S. family now spends
    42% of its income on housing.
  • Housing underproduction also increases cost of living for families, inhibits geographic mobility, burdens both renters and buyers, and stifles economic productivity. By one estimate, from 1964-2009, our national housing shortage lowered aggregate economic growth by 36 percent.

Legislative Solution

The Yes in My Backyard (YIMBY) Act encourages localities to eliminate discriminatory land use policies and remove barriers that prevent needed housing from being built around the country. The YIMBY Act achieves these goals by requiring Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) recipients to report periodically on the extent to which they are removing discriminatory land use policies and implementing inclusive and affordable housing policies detailed by the bill. The YIMBY Act increases transparency in land use, zoning, and housing decisions; sheds light on exclusionary polices; and ultimately encourage localities to eliminate barriers to much needed housing.

  • The YIMBY Act increases transparency and encourages more thoughtful and inclusive development practices by requiring localities to fully examine and disclose their housing policy decisions.
  • The bill provides localities a framework for smart policymaking and regulatory practices, thus promoting more inclusive development principles.
  • The YIMBY Act is an important first step in decreasing the barriers to smart, inclusive growth and reducing the negative and cumulative impact of exclusionary housing policies. It is also a way to clearly demonstrate that the federal government takes seriously the challenges created by exclusionary zoning.

Benefits:

  • Requiring federal CDBG grant recipients to report on the extent to which they are eliminating exclusionary policies starts an important conversation that increases transparency in land use and housing policy.
  • The YIMBY Act breaks down barriers to growth and paves the way for increased economic productivity.
  • This important legislation provides a roadmap for communities to improve affordability and equity in housing.

 

 

U.S GDP Growth associated with closing the underproduction gap

 

Endorsers List

Organization Social media
Walkable Princeton
Housing Next
Manufactured Housing Institute
Santa Cruz YIMBY
Family Promise
Pillsbury United Communities
Coachella Valley Housing Coalition
Tejano Center For Community Concerns Inc.
Fahe
Lighthouse MI
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
NeighborWorks Lincoln
Coastal Enterprises Inc
Arbor Housing and Development
National Low Income Housing Coalition
Friends of Austin Neighborhoods
Virginia Apartment Management Association
Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
1000 Friends of Oregon
Excellerate Foundation
Texas Apartment Association
Catholic Charities of Louisville Inc
Transit Forward Philadelphia
Detroit Housing Commission
Local First Arizona
Peninsula Community Federal Credit Union
Prosperity Indiana
Prosperity Now
Real Estate Council of Austin
Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce
R Street Institute
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Smart Growth America
TechEquity Collaborative
Housing Advisory Group
Urban Environmentalists
Washington Multi-Family Housing Association
YIMBY Action
YIMBY Law
Apartment Association of Metro Denver, Inc.
Arlington Partnership For Affordable Housing (APAH)
1000 Friends of Oregon
Abundant Housing LA
Bay Area Council
Housing Advocacy Coalition
Bridge Housing Corporation
California Yimby
CalOZ
Colorado Association of REALTORS®
Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC)
Community Housing Improvement Program Inc
Congress For The New Urbanism, Inc.
Downtown Denver Partnership Inc
East Bay for Everyone
Grounded Solutions Network
Habitat For Humanity International, Inc.
Homes First
Housing Connector
Housing Development Consortium of Seattle King County
Leading Builders of America
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Los Angeles Business Council
Maine Affordable Housing Coalition
Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties
Master Builders Association of Pierce County
Mortgage Bankers Association
Multifamily NW
NAIOP Washington State Chapter
National Apartment Association
National Association of REALTORS®
National Community Stabilization Trust, LLC
National Housing Conference, Inc.
National Leased Housing Association
National Multifamily Housing Council
New York State Association For Affordable Housing, Inc.
Northwest Pilot Project Inc
Oregon REALTORS®
Oregon Smart Growth
National Housing Trust
HDC MidAtlantic
Smart Growth America
Prosperity Now
National Multifamily Housing Council
National Housing Conference, Inc.
National Housing Trust
GROW South Dakota
NAIOP Arizona
Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland
Lacasa, Inc
Habitat for Humanity Maui
San Diego Housing Commission
Greater Charlotte Apartment Association
Habitat For Humanity of Seattle-King County
YIMBY Durham
Portland Business Alliance
Real Estate Roundtable
NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association
Climate Action Campaign
Northern Ohio Apartment Association
Oakland Chamber of Commerce
Portland: Neighbors Welcome
Idaho Smart Growth
American Planning Association (APA)
Congress for the New Urbanism Central Texas Chapter
Greater Greater Washington
Open New York
Transportation 4 America
Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity
LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors
NeighborWorks Collaborative of Ohio
Up for Growth Action
Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities
Virginia Housing Alliance
Habitat for Humanity Kansas City Inc
Kansas Association of REALTORS
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Providence
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership, Inc.
CommonBond Communities
Eastern Eight Community Development Corporation
Housing Network of Rhode Island
COHHIO
YIMBY Denver
Abundant Housing Atlanta
NAIOP Pittsburgh
Building Industry Association of Central Ohio
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia
Community Service Programs Inc
Cambridge Neighborhood Apartment Housing Service
Pennsylvania Association of Realtors
Habitat for Humanity Hawai'i Island
AHEAD Inc
Dhic Inc
Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation
Lawrence CommunityWorks
NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania
Community Housing Partners Corp
Connecticut Housing Partners
Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless
Minnesota Housing Partnership
Neighborworks Orange County
American Institute of Architects
A Better Cambridge
NeighborWorks Laredo
Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services
Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore Inc
Community Housing Development Corporation
Neighbors for More Neighbors Ann Arbor
National Asian American Coalition
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
NAIOP Pittsburgh
Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center
Easterseals Serving Central Texas
Sound Communities
NARI MN
NARI MN
NARI MN
Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress
American Planning Association Ohio Chapter
American Planning Association Washington Chapter
Greenbelt Alliance
Regional Plan Association
The Real Estate Council (TREC)
Downtown Austin Alliance
Bicycle Colorado
City of Eugene Downtown Neighborhood Association
Burlington Housing Authority
AIA Washington Council
COHHIO
Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association
YWCA Delaware
National Association for County and Community Economic Development
Wallace Properties Incorporated
Housing & Community Development Network of New Jersey
Good Business Colorado
Housing Assistance Council (HAC)
Coalition For Home Repair (formerly ReFrame Foundation)
National NeighborWorks Association
National Association of Residential Property Managers
American Institute of Architects
National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB)
Family Promise
National League of Cities
Haight Ashbury Neighbors for Density
Napa-Solano for Everyone
Northern Neighbors
Peninsula for Everyone
Grow the Richmond
One SouthCoast Chamber of Commerce
National Association of REALTORS®
National Leased Housing Association
Transportation Choices Coalition
Northern Ohio Apartment Association
Apartment Association of Metro Denver, Inc.
LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors
Greater Greater Washington
Tenderloin Housing Clinic, Inc.
Community Concepts Inc
Urban Land Conservancy
YIMBY Law
Long Island Builders Institute
Ethiopian Community of Minnesota
Urban Land Conservancy
National League of Cities
Beacon Development
Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF)
Just Communities of Arkansas
Tacoma-Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium
Frogtown Neighborhood Association
Little Rock Workforce Development Board
Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas
Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan
Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota
Congress for the New Urbanism Illinois Chapter
Inlivian
Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority
North Carolina Home Builders Association, Inc.
Vision Long Island
Alliance for Housing Solutions
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
Home Forward
Big Sky Community Housing Trust
National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB)
Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA)
Urban Homeworks, Inc.
Greater Charlotte Apartment Association
Homeport Ohio
Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity
Housing Advisory Group
Arlington Partnership For Affordable Housing (APAH)
Circulate San Diego
Housing Development Consortium of Seattle King County
Portland: Neighbors Welcome
Bay Area Council
Maine Affordable Housing Coalition
Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties
Seattle 2030 District
Seattle for Everyone
Urban Environmentalists
Washington Multi-Family Housing Association
YIMBY Action
Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California
Climate Action Campaign
Seattle 2030 District
Seattle for Everyone
American Planning Association (APA)
Enterprise Community Partners
Grounded Solutions Network
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
Mortgage Bankers Association
National Apartment Association
National Community Stabilization Trust, LLC
The 2030 Group
Portland Business Alliance
Idaho Smart Growth
Circulate San Diego
Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC)
Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND)
Habitat For Humanity International, Inc.
Leading Builders of America
Abundant Housing LA
Bellevue Chamber of Commerce
Business for a Better Portland
NAIOP Washington State Chapter
New York State Association For Affordable Housing, Inc.
Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance
Oregon Smart Growth
Regional Plan Association
Sightline Institute
San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR)
National Low Income Housing Coalition
Oakland Chamber of Commerce
Apartment Association of North Carolina
Business for a Better Portland
The 2030 Group
Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance
One SouthCoast Chamber of Commerce
Congress For The New Urbanism, Inc.
California Yimby
Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce
Kansas Statewide Homeless Coalition
Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln
Aeon
Neighborhood Housing Services of Hamilton, Inc.
Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
Indiana Apartment Association Inc
Housing Authority of Baltimore City
Community Frameworks
Association of Washington Cities
San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR)
Metropolitan Economic Development Association (Meda)
St. Mary Development Corporation
Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania
NAIOP Nashville
Sightline Institute
Livable Sunnyvale
5th Square
National Association of Residential Property Managers
Los Angeles Business Council
Manna Inc
Casa Of Oregon
Long Island Builders Institute
Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County
Up for Growth Action
Coalition For Home Repair (formerly ReFrame Foundation)
Georgia Advancing Communities Together, Inc.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis
Arizona Housing Coalition
National Fair Housing Alliance
Foundation Communities
NeighborWorks Alliance of New York State
Neighborhood Development Services Inc. Ohio
10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania
AIA Seattle
Lexington Habitat for Humanity
Neighbors for More Neighbors
Hale Kipa Inc
National Diversity Coalition Inc
Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky, Inc.
The Southwest Fair Housing Council
Apartment Association of Kentucky
Louisville Apartment Association
Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana
Greater Minnesota Housing Fund
JBG SMITH Properties
Avivo
Boulder Housing Partners
Good Business Colorado
AIA Austin
Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver
Monarch Group Management, Inc
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
Cairncross & Hempelmann, P.S.
Welcome Home Coalition
Coalition for More Housing Choices
RUPCO Inc.
Fifth Avenue Committee Inc
African Development Center
Downstreet Housing & Community Development
LandWatch Monterey County
NC REALTORS
The Housing Development Fund Inc
NeighborWorks of Western Vermont
Miami-Dade County Department of Public Housing & Community Development
Isuroon
AZ Housing Inc
Arizona Multihousing Association
Intermountain Fair Housing Council
Alliance for Housing Solutions
Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln
Save the Family Foundation of Arizona
5th Square
National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP)
Palo Alto YIMBY
Streets for People
East Bay YIMBY
Ventura County YIMBY
Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority
REACH Community Development Inc
Home Headquarters Inc
The Southwest Fair Housing Council
National NeighborWorks Association
Up for Growth Action
Community Development Corporation of Long Island
Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana
Greater Minnesota Housing Fund
RUPCO Inc.
Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky, Inc.
The Southwest Fair Housing Council
Save the Family Foundation of Arizona
National NeighborWorks Association
Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of the City of New Haven
Habitat for Humanity of Washington D.C.
National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP)
Open New York
Welcome Home Coalition
Downtown Austin Alliance
Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Berks
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND)
Walkable Princeton
Manufactured Housing Institute
Santa Cruz YIMBY
Family Promise
Coachella Valley Housing Coalition
Tejano Center For Community Concerns Inc.
Lighthouse MI
National Low Income Housing Coalition
Virginia Apartment Management Association
Catholic Charities of Louisville Inc
Prosperity Indiana
Prosperity Now
TechEquity Collaborative
Pennsylvania Foundation for Housing, Inc.
Urban Environmentalists
Washington Multi-Family Housing Association
YIMBY Law
Arlington Partnership For Affordable Housing (APAH)
1000 Friends of Oregon
Abundant Housing LA
Bay Area Council
Housing Advocacy Coalition
Bridge Housing Corporation
California Yimby
Housing Advisory Group
Colorado Association of REALTORS®
Community Housing Improvement Program Inc
Congress For The New Urbanism, Inc.
Grounded Solutions Network
Habitat For Humanity International, Inc.
Homes First
Housing Development Consortium of Seattle King County
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Los Angeles Business Council
Maine Affordable Housing Coalition
Mortgage Bankers Association
NAIOP Washington State Chapter
National Apartment Association
National Association of REALTORS®
National Community Stabilization Trust, LLC
National Housing Conference, Inc.
Orlando YIMBY
South Bay YIMBY
Kansas Association of REALTORS
Housing Network of Rhode Island
National Multifamily Housing Council
Northwest Pilot Project Inc
Oregon Smart Growth
Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland
San Diego Housing Commission
American Planning Association (APA)
Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity
LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors
NeighborWorks Collaborative of Ohio
Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance
Real Estate Roundtable
Congress for the New Urbanism Central Texas Chapter
Abundant Housing Atlanta
Lawrence CommunityWorks
Community Housing Partners Corp
Connecticut Housing Partners
Minnesota Housing Partnership
American Institute of Architects
A Better Cambridge
Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore Inc
Tenderloin Housing Clinic, Inc.
Community Concepts Inc
Vision Long Island
National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB)
Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA)
Alliance for Housing Solutions
Seattle for Everyone
Circulate San Diego
Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance
The 2030 Group
Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance
Kansas Statewide Homeless Coalition
Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln
Aeon
San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR)
NAIOP Nashville
Sightline Institute
5th Square
National Association of Residential Property Managers
Manna Inc
Coalition For Home Repair (formerly ReFrame Foundation)
Georgia Advancing Communities Together, Inc.
Foundation Communities
Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Berks
Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of the City of New Haven
Habitat for Humanity of Washington D.C.
Spokane Low Income Housing Consortium
Housing Consortium of Everett and Snohomish County
Blount County Habitat for Humanity
Americans for Prosperity
Downtown Austin Alliance
Urban Asset Advisors, LLC
LDC, Inc.
Center for Community Progress
HAND Inc.
Sussex County Habitat for Humanity
RESULTS
HumanGood Affordable Housing
Greater Greater Washington
League of Minnesota Cities
Florida Housing Coalition Inc