NIMBY – Not in My Backyard
NIMBY – Not in My Backyard – is a common reaction that many organizations have experienced when working on affordable housing and housing for homeless families.
Here’s a different response highlighted in a Nonprofit Times article, along with some examples of research on the impact of affordable housing on surrounding communities.
Nonprofit Newswire (January 11, 2012) - Nonprofits have grown very smart about solutions to homelessness. One major development has been the shift in focus of many homeless providers from temporary shelters or transitional housing to a concept of “housing first,” putting homeless families and individuals into permanent housing with accessibility to supportive services.
In Charlotte, North Carolina, nonprofits have been placing homeless families into scattered-site units in middle-income neighborhoods without sparking opposition from their middle-class neighbors.
Research on the Impact of Affordable Housing on Surrounding Communities
- Field Guide to Effects Of Low-Income Housing On Property Values (National Association of Realtors) – Are the sales prices of single-family homes made higher or lower when low-income housing is nearby? Most studies indicate that affordable housing has no long term negative impact on surrounding home values. In fact, some research indicates the opposite!
- NIMBYism: Overcoming Community Opposition to Affordable Housing (The Housing News Network) – Outlines tools advocates can use to avoid or overcome objections to affordable housing, usually to the satisfaction of all parties.