The following lessons are drawn from research of efforts to mitigate displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods around the country.1. Put community voices at the center. Ensure vulnerable residents have a meaningful role in identifying needs, prioritizing the use of resources, implementing strategies, and monitoring progress. 2. Intervene early to acquire permanent control of land. Acquire as much land as possible for permanent use as affordable housing, through mechanisms such as community land trusts, long-term affordability restrictions, and nonprofit and public ownership of land. 3. Dedicate substantial levels of city funding to anti-displacement efforts. Secure long-term, dedicated funding streams rather than relying on a city’s general fund. 4. Anticipate and include strategies for addressing displacement in public revitalization initiatives and major infrastructure projects. In some neighborhoods, the shift from the need for revitalization to the need for anti-displacement measures can occur quickly. 5. Match anti-displacement strategies to neighborhood conditions and needs. Strategies to combat displacement should be grounded in community planning efforts with measurable goals and timelines for implementation. 6. Commit for the long haul with a diverse set of tools. Develop realistic expectations of what constitutes success and the time to achieve displacement-mitigation goals. 7. Create local capacity for preserving affordable housing and identifying the biggest preservation risks.
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