The featured publications provide background and context for advancing fair and affordable housing in our region.
As part of our Advocacy work, LHOP makes presentations to various municipalities, groups and organizations upon request. Call LHOP at 717-291-9945, extension 100 to inquire.
In 2013 LHOP took the lead, with funding from the U.S. Treasury CDFI Fund, and commissioned the most comprehensive look at housing in Lancaster County ever conducted. With assistance from the Lancaster County Planning Commission (LCPC), LHOP hired the team of Zimmerman/Volk Associates, Sarcinello Planning & GIS and Thomas Comitta Associates to complete the Lancaster County Housing Market Analysis and Needs Study.
The document provides an analysis of housing preferences and needs across the County, down to the municipal level, going into the future based on extensive data collected and a proprietary target market methodology developed by Laurie Volk. This methodology has been used by her firm across the country over the past two decades and provides a look at the future of housing not from a past demand examination, but from a forward looking analysis.
In addition to providing a large amount of facts and figures, the analysis revealed interesting demographic, market and economic trends and outlined several challenges that the County faces now and in the future. Housing affordability was raised as major concern in the Analysis. A significant mis-match between demand for rental opportunities by income versus supply of affordable rental housing exists today and could affect economic growth in the County.
The Places 2040 Plan is the vision for Lancaster's future. Led by the County Planning Commission and including a broad group of partners with input from over 8,000 residents, the Places 2040 Plan was released approved by the County Commissioners in 2018 after a three year planning process.
Among the plan's guiding principles, the need for a range of housing is a key area of focus for Lancaster's future.
One good job can make all the difference, according to Dan Jurman, chair of the Mayor’s Commission to Combat Poverty, “not just for the person’s income, but for the amount of time that they can spend with their family and the time that they can get engaged in the community,”. Finding that one good job, however, can be difficult. An analysis of census data in a report published 2015 from the Floyd Institute for Public Policy at Franklin & Marshall College outlined some of the barriers to adequate employment, education, healthcare, and overall poverty alleviation that many in Lancaster City have experienced.
While the data is troubling, it also presents an opportunity: developing new strategies, implementing new approaches, and pioneering new ways to engage people are qualities that make our community so extraordinary. In partnership with Franklin & Marshall College, the Mayor’s Office of Lancaster, and other community partners, the Lancaster County Community Foundation funded the creation of the Mayor’s Commission to Combat Poverty: a year-long commission designed to analyze barriers to sustainability and develop a comprehensive plan forward for our city. The result, entitled “One Good Job”, is an ambitious 15 year plan to halve the poverty rate of Lancaster City while also placing 3,000 new individuals in living-wage jobs.
Strategies for Increasing Housing Affordability is a follow up to the previously released document, An Analysis of Regulatory Barriers to Housing Affordability. The document provides incentives and recommendations to both increase housing affordability and the supply of affordable housing. Readers will find specific ordinance language that will encourage the production of affordable housing as well as innovative, but tested, zoning language that streamlines the conditional use process by integrating pertinent subdivision / land development and zoning requirements into a more seamless process.Read More
As a result of the 2006 Housing Summit, private sector, public and non-profit leaders called for a deeper investigation of the impediments to housing affordability in Lancaster County. This document provides an understanding of the need for affordable housing, an overview of housing development regulations and an analysis of land use issues which affect housing type construction and affordability.Read More