Nimby Assessment

Overview of the NIMBY Decision Tree

Welcome to HUD's NIMBY Decision Tree. This is a resource developed to give housing advocates and developers strategies to combat community opposition--NIMBYism (Not In My BackYard)-during the process of developing/offering housing and services for homeless individuals.

Why is providing information on combating NIMBYism important?

Developing any kind of housing is a complicated process. There are issues such as site control, zoning, financing, environmental impacts, construction management, and operating costs to consider. When developing housing for homeless individuals, these issues are often secondary to a major impediment: community opposition, or NIMBYism. Sometimes, NIMBYism can indefinitely delay construction or derail a planned housing development altogether. The NIMBY Decision Tree is designed to help alert you to potential NIMBY issues and provide you with the tools to address some of these issues.

How can this NIMBY Decision Tree Tool help?

NIMBY opposition can take many forms, and few Continuums of Care, housing providers, and service agencies have the staff resources to dedicate a person to combat NIMBYism full time. Therefore, this Decision Tree resource was designed to help organizations isolate NIMBY issues and quickly develop some strategies for dealing with these issues.

The NIMBY Decision Tree provides an intake and risk assessment questionnaire to determine what types of issues your organization might face in developing housing for homeless individuals as well as what type of risks your organization would be willing to take to address these issues.. How you answer the questions included in the intake portion of the questionnaire leads the user to case studies that focus on specific types of NIMBY issues and specific strategies for handling these issues. In this way, the system "triages" users and leads them to examples that most accurately depict the type of NIMBY issues the particular organization might face and targeted resources for dealing with these issues. The risk assessment portion of the questionnaire was designed to help you determine how far your organization might be willing to go to diffuse NIMBY opposition. It is highly recommended that you complete parts of the intake and risk assessment questionnaire before reading the individual case studies.

Who is this Decision Tree designed for?

The NIMBY Decision Tree is designed to provide anyone who is involved in developing housing, with or without supportive services, targeted to homeless individuals. This includes but is not limited to housing advocates, housing developers, nonprofit homelessness service providers, civil rights activists, public interest lawyers, and municipal governments.