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Detroit's inclusionary housing ordinance, explained

The ordinance that housing developments subsidized with over $500,000 in city or federal funds must include affordable housing.
Last September, housing advocates and members of city council stood outside the Spirit of Detroit statue downtown for an announcement about the just-passed Inclusionary Housing Ordinance (IHO).

The ordinance, which stipulates that housing developments subsidized with over $500,000 in city or federal funds must include affordable housing, was a milestone moment for the city—a degree of housing equity had been enshrined at a time when property values and rental rates were booming. 

And yet, there was a noticeable amount of dissent at the announcement. Some developers thought that requiring affordable units would freeze development at a critical juncture. On the other hand, housing advocates, and even Mary Sheffield, the councilmember who shepherded the ordinance, thought the requirements were too lenient.

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