Affordable Housing

More than a decade after the Brookings Institution released the seminal Region Divided report, the Washington region is still divided, with parts of D.C. and the east side of the region not sharing in the prosperity of our economy.

Despite some progress in the last decade, many eastern communities continue to fall on the wrong side of the regional divide with slow job growth, poorly performing schools, high crime, and a devastating home foreclosure crisis. Meanwhile, even in wealthier communities throughout the region many families struggle to keep up with rising housing costs, a situation made even worse by the a lack of diversity in housing types and transit-oriented development.

Addressing this challenge is the most important mission of CSG. With our focus integrating the interconnected issues of land use, housing, and transportation, we are uniquely situated to address this divide through changes in infrastructure policies and our work in local communities across the region. Providing more housing options close to jobs in job-rich areas, creating incentives for jobs to be focused at underdeveloped Metro stations on the east side of the region, focusing businesses in transit-accessible locations, and linking affordable housing and transit, are among the key solutions.

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RISE Prince George's Platform 2022

RISE Prince George’s Platform 2022

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RISE Prince George's Holiday Happy Hour

RISE Prince George’s Holiday Happy Hour

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December 13, 2021, 6-8 pm RSVP Image from Prince George's Economic Development Platform, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, June 2021 Let’s get together (outdoors) to celebrate and look forward to the upcoming election year! Join us on December 13 from 6:00-8:00 pm to celebrate our year of work together and look
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TESTIMONY re: Reversal of BAR Denial of Certificate of Appropriateness for Heritage at Old Town

TESTIMONY re: Reversal of BAR Denial of Certificate of Appropriateness for Heritage at Old Town

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The Coalition for Smarter Growth reiterates our strong support for the Heritage at Old Town as approved by the City Council under a special use permit and Residential Multifamily Zoning. We face a housing crisis and the Heritage at Old Town is a well-designed development, providing critically needed housing and affordable housing. Our prior testimony is attached. 
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RELEASE: CSG Responds to Anti-Housing Protesters at Planning Board

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Montgomery County, Md – “Montgomery County’s Thrive 2050 General Plan update is imbued with the progressive and creative spirit that has long been at the core of the community’s values,” said Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth (CSG). “This is why we are so saddened to see the strident opposition to the county’s efforts to address a housing crisis through Thrive 2050 and a separate study of Attainable Housing Strategies.”
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A 30-Year Vision for Chevy Chase DC

A 30-Year Vision for Chevy Chase DC

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CSG worked with Ward3Vision to create an Urban Design Concept for Chevy Chase and present to the community through an event hosted by Historic Chevy Chase.
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