This guide was designed as a tool to help community advocates, practitioners, intermediaries, and jurisdictions foster mixed-income transit oriented development (TOD). The term “mixed-income TOD” describes a set of goals that include the provision of a mix of housing choices, affordable to a range of incomes, for people at different stages of life within a specific transit district (or transit zone).

The guide has been organized to lead the reader through the following three steps with the ultimate objective of generating a greater and more comprehensive understanding of the housing needs in a specific transit district and of the range of tools that can be employed to achieve the goals of mixed-income TOD:

  1. Outlining the data needed to assess the need, challenges, and opportunities 
  2. Directions to sources of that information, and guidance on how that data can be organized and analyzed 
  3. Guidance on how to select which tool, or sets of tools, that are most appropriate for the specific conditions of the transit district 

Going through the steps in this document will provide users with an invaluable set of data about the transit district, a greater awareness of key resources and programs, and a more holistic understanding of both the mixed-income housing landscape in their community and the key issues around which they should focus their efforts.
This guide was created by the Center for Neighborhood Technology for the Great Communities Collaborative. The Center for Neighborhood Technology is a “think-and-do-tank,” researching, inventing and testing urban strategies that use resources more efficiently and more equitably.