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To Solve AZ’s Affordable Housing Crisis, Start by Getting Government Out of the Way

April 11, 2023

The Grand Canyon State was the most popular place in America to move to last year, but the state isn’t keeping up with rising demand for homes. In fact, Arizona’s Department of Housing cautions that we’re short 270,000 housing units, and that shortfall increases prices and makes it harder every day for people to find homes. Arizona is facing a housing affordability crisis—and the blame lies largely on the shoulders of local elected officials.

It’s time to get serious about solving the crisis. We can start by eliminating the needless zoning rules that block affordable housing.

These restrictive land-use policies, which cities and municipalities across the state enforce, make it too expensive or time-consuming for developers to construct new housing or perform renovations to accommodate those in need of living space.

Read the rest of the op-ed at Arizona Capitol Times. 

Christina Sandefur is the Executive Vice President of the Goldwater Institute.



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