Nimby Assessment

NIMBYism Defined

NIMBY, which stands for "not-in-my-backyard," is a mentality adopted by those who reject certain changes to their communities. Although many types of development can provoke NIMBY attitudes, supportive housing for persons who are homeless frequently arouses such opposition. Often fears of increased crime, decreased property values, and other negative impacts on the community underlie objections to developing supportive housing.