The Housing Expansion and Affordability Act (SB 484, HB 538) Will make housing more affordable and accessible for Marylanders. As housing costs have risen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more Marylanders have struggled to pay their rent or save up to buy a home. Increased costs are making it harder for families to get by and limit the growth of our economy. To tackle the housing crisis, we must bolster supply. This bill seeks to expand the construction of new housing, particularly affordable housing, by removing local zoning barriers. It would remove local government barriers to the construction of affordable housing, provide increased density, and remove certain local limitations on projects. In addition, this bill would remove local zoning barriers to manufactured housing statewide.