AFP Applauds Introduction of Yes in My Backyard Act

May 19, 2023 by AFP

ARLINGTON, VAToday, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) endorsed bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Mike Flood (R-NE) aimed at providing transparency into local land use policies that may present barriers to development and limit the supply of housing.

The Yes in My Backyard Act makes receipt of Community Development Block Grants funding to localities conditional upon recipients submitting a plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to track restrictive zoning policies such as limits on duplexes, multifamily housing, and manufactured housing, as well as burdensome permitting requirements. This legislation will help ensure policies can increase housing inventory and make purchasing a home more affordable for all Americans.  

AFP Chief Government Affairs Officer Brent Gardner issued the following statement:

“Life has become more unaffordable for all Americans and for years local governments have unnecessarily created barriers that restrict supply and artificially inflate the cost of housing. AFP welcomes the introduction of the bipartisan Yes in My Backyard Act to help ensure that governments identify and assess regulations that block individuals and families from accessing housing and using land in the way that most benefits them.”

 Click HERE to read AFP’s letter of support for the Yes in My Backyard Act.

Click HERE for our statement with coalition partners.