It's almost YIMBY Week 2021! To prepare, we are sharing some additional resources that will help you champion YIMBYism within your own network.
First, Your Why
First, it's important to know your why. Our "official" why is "because everyone deserves a safe, affordable, hopeful place to call home, and when that's the case, our entire community benefits."
But you might have a more personal why that you want to share. That's great!
Here are a few similar points that you might find helpful:
Then, Be Ready to Mythbust
Some YIMBYers are nervous to be vocal about it because they don't feel confident of what they will say if their view is challenged. It's important to have some knowledge to back up that claim.
Our preference is to keep messages positive, but if someone asks you about property values or crime, it's important that you can answer intelligently. (For these, we're borrowing heavily from the NIMBY to Neighbour Resource from the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness. That's where you will find all the study citations, etc.)
Property Values: Measurable increases in home prices and rents as well as a general increase in real estate activity often represent important benchmarks when thinking of neighbourhood revitalization, growth and security. The vast majority of studies have found affordable housing does not depress the neighbourhood property values, and may increase them in certain instances.
Crime & Safety: Affordable and supportive housing does not negatively impact crime rates.
Stigma-Based Reactions: An issue that often rises when affordable housing is discussed in established neighbourhoods is that this will encourage an influx of residents who may not share similar values or social norms. This reaction is based on the imagined characteristics of the people that objectors fear will ultimately live in the project. Often these objections will be based on the individual prejudices and beliefs of opponents, rather than the actual impacts of a development on a neighbourhood.
OK, YIMBYer, you're ready to let your YIMBY flag fly! Ideas that spread, win, so go tell the world that you believe that everyone deserves a safe, affordable, hopeful place to call home, and when that's the case our entire community benefits.
And if you'd like to tell us YOUR why, we'd love to hear it!