The Not In My Backyard Syndrome (NIMBYism) presents a particularly pernicious obstacle to producing affordable housing. Local elected officials are regularly barraged by the outcry of constituents’ concerns over siting and permitting affordable housing. Consequences of NIMBYism include: lengthy, hostile and unpleasant public proceedings, frustration of local comprehensive plan implementation, increased costs of development, property rights disputes, and inability to meet local housing needs. Local government elected officials are the linchpin in the NIMBY battle; it is essential that you get the information you need to avoid and overcome the negative impacts of NIMBYism.
In the context of this book, the Not In My Backyard Syndrome refers to the objections of community residents to siting affordable housing. The term NIMBYism, as used in this context, connotes objections made for reasons such as fear and prejudice. This is in contrast, for example, to objections over the real threat of an incompatible neighboring use, such as a hazardous waste facility near a residential area. Affordable housing NIMBYism is premised on ideas about the loss of property value and quality of life due to perceptions about the people who will be living in the affordable housing and the affordable housing itself.
View the entire NIMBY Guidebook, Creating Inclusive Communities in Florida.
Every year, the National Low Income Housing Coalition publishes the Advocates’ Guide to Housing and Community Development Policy to educate advocates of all kinds about the programs and policies that make housing affordable to low income people across America. Whether you are a new employee at a housing agency, a student in an urban planning program, or a seasoned affordable housing advocate looking for a refresher on key programs, this book will give you the overview of housing programs and advocacy tools you need to be a leader in the affordable housing movement.
Check out the article Avoiding and Overcoming Neighborhood Opposition to Affordable Rental Housing (page 2-36), authored by Jaimie Ross, president/CEO for the Florida Housing Coalition.