In this story from CityLab, staffer Brentin Mock looks at how and why cities across the nation are calling for "affordable-housing impact statements."

City leaders in New Orleans became the most recent to call for these statements, which would force developers and government officials to first consider how new development might affect the availability of housing for low-income families. Mock writes:

New Orleans isn’t the only city looking at the power of these impact statements. Atlanta passed legislation on this last November, and Austin and San Diego have similar ordinances. Pittsburgh is now considering an ordinance like this as well, and it could come in handy there: A legal complaint about a plan to build 1,200 new housing units on a lot that used to be the Pittsburgh Penguins’ hockey arena is currently under review by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. According to the complaint, the developers didn’t consider the needs of low-income families in the area and failed to include an adequate number of affordable units in that plan. An impact statement would have been helpful at the project’s conception.

Read the story to find out more about the emergence of impact statements.

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