What is Mandatory Inclusionary Housing?

New York City’s zoning laws control what can and can’t be built in different neighborhoods. When the city changes (or rezones) a neighborhood to allow for bigger residential buildings, a policy called Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) requires developers to set aside parts of their buildings as “affordable housing.” But how does it work? And who can actually afford to live there?

To help communities experiencing rezonings understand MIH, we created What is Mandatory Inclusionary Housing? with our community partners throughout the city and design studio L+L. The foldout explains all you need to know about how MIH works and how you can get involved in the process.

What Is Mandatory Inclusionary Housing? is being distributed by advocacy groups across the city who are organizing community members in neighborhoods going through a rezoning. It was created through CUP’s Know Rezoning initiative to support historically marginalized communities in New York City experiencing rezonings.

Click here to see the poster and get your own copy.

Resources & Links

L+L is the graphic design partnership of Leigh Mignona and Liz Seibert Turow, located in Brooklyn, NY. Their work is rooted in a concept-driven, iterative, and collaborative philosophy of design.

Know Rezoning is part of the Envisioning Development program at the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). CUP partners with policy advocates and graphic designers to produce foldout posters that explain complicated policy issues, like this one.

Funding Support

Support for this project was provided by the Neighborhoods First Fund for Community Based Planning.

Special Thanks

Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD), Community Development Project, Hester Street, Pratt Center for Community Development, and David Knowles.


  • CUP
  • Christine Gaspar
  • Mark Torrey

  • L+L
  • Designers
  • Liz Seibert Turow
  • Leigh Mignogna
  • Drew Litowitz