June 26, 2013

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Beyond Bricks & Sticks. A weekly digest of current trends in housing and community development. The discussion examines topics from infrastructure to community fabric.

Senior Housing Developer Sees Win-Win In Transit-Based Communities

(RECAP: Transit-oriented locations serve not only as a selling point to prospectiveresidents who wish not to drive, but for the cities and states in which they are located.)

The New Green Housing Trend: Moderation

(RECAP: According to a Boston-based architecture firm that has made a name for itself for embracing low-energy building and sustainable practices, the new trend in green building should be toward simplicity and moderation.)

Easy-to-assemble emergency flatpack shelter uses less than cubic meter of material

(RECAP: In the aftermath of a natural disaster, rapidly deployable, temporary housing is vital for recovery to happen in a smoother fashion. This emergency shelter takes a modular approach to provide an adaptable dwelling.)

June 25, 2013

Recap of What’s Ahead for Housing: A Symposium on Federal Housing Policy Change - Hosted by Housing Virginia

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On Friday, June 14, Housing Virginia hosted its first Symposium on Federal Housing Policy Change at the Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville with almost 200 housing executives and officials in attendance! Kicked off by Kit Hale, the Chair of Housing Virginia, the action-packed agenda included a video presentation featuring Senator Mark Warner; the view from Washington with a panel of national housing experts; the view from Richmond with Susan Dewey, VHDA and Bill Shelton, DHCD; a working lunch with HUD Deputy Secretary, Maurice Jones; and three breakout sessions on critical affordable housing topics.

June 19, 2013

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Beyond Bricks & Sticks. A weekly digest of current trends in housing and community development. The discussion examines topics from infrastructure to community fabric.

How Better Traffic Models Can Lead to More Mixed-Use Development 

(RECAP: The EPA worked with transportation researchers around the United States to develop a better traffic prediction model for mixed-used development. Virginia has adopted it.)

Addressing Housing Affordability Using Cooperatives 

(RECAP: What if we could create more forms of cooperative housing to make sure families have the opportunity to own a home and at the same time have a certain amount of mobility?) 

Old-Age Adaptation: Our Next Great Urban Challenge 

(RECAP: How do you get urban planners, transportation engineers and anyone running around a city in their prime to picture the places we live through the shaded eyes of an octogenarian?)

Finding Allies in the Sequester 

(RECAP: There are two good things to say about the sequester. First, it can be a call to action. Second, the shared predicament presents an opportunity for new alliances.)

June 18, 2013

Are you ready to become a non-profit organization? (Part 2)

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Virginia's non-profits meet many housing needs. Monica Jefferson continues to share insight from experience in helping organizations blossom from thought to reality in part two of this series.
Read part one

Once you have determined that you are prepared to start a non-profit organization, the following steps can aid in the organizational development process:
  1. Understanding IRS classifications for non-profits.
  2. Drafting a mission/vision statement.
  3. Identifying a board of directors.
  4. Filing the articles of incorporation.
  5. Drafting by laws and getting board approval.
  6. Developing a budget.
  7. Developing a record keeping and accounting system.
  8. Applying for a federal employer tax identification number (FEIN).
  9. Filing 501(c)3 status.
  10. Filing for state and local exemptions.
  11. Fulfilling charitable solicitation law requirements.
  12. Applying for a non-profit mailing permit.
Other important items to consider include:

June 12, 2013

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Beyond Bricks & Sticks. A weekly digest of current trends in housing and community development. The discussion examines topics from infrastructure to community fabric.

Selling the Public on Public Housing

(RECAP: Funded by Housing Authority Insurance, Inc., which provides insurance to public and affordable housing projects, ReThink aims to educate Americans about the benefits of public housing not only for the people who live in it, but for society as a whole.)


Disruptions: Helper Robots Are Steered, Tentatively, to Care for the Aging

(RECAP: The technology is nearly there. But some researchers worry we’re not asking a fundamental question: Should we entrust the care of people in their 70s and older to artificial assistants?)


Mixed-Income Community Dynamics: Five Insights From Ethnography

(RECAP: Mixed-income neighborhoods have become objects of policy and research attention. Ethnographic methods, a form of qualitative research defined by in-depth observations of social settings, offer an important complement to this quantitative research.)


Study Points To Disability Housing Crisis

(RECAP: Housing is out of reach for many with disabilities, with a new report finding that though costs varied by location, rents for even the smallest apartments accounted for at least 60 percent of SSI payments in every state.)

June 5, 2013

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Beyond Bricks & Sticks. A weekly digest of current trends in housing and community development. The discussion examines topics from infrastructure to community fabric.

Green Roofs Help Grow Urban Economies

(RECAP: State and municipal governments are fast adopting measures to foster incorporating green features on urban roofs in a bid to gain economic benefits from building spaces that would otherwise sit fallow.)

Campaign Promotes Doors the Disabled can Manage

(RECAP: Handicap parking spots and access ramps can be found at many local establishments, but what good are they when disabled people can't open the front doors there?)

Time to Change the Language of Sustainable Design

(RECAP: Sustainable development has evolved from its first cycle. It’s time to clearly define a new approach to designing and building for our changing future.)

Non-profit Advisory Boards and Other Bodies: Yes or No and Why or Why Not?

(RECAP: Don’t pick an answer before you figure out what you’re trying to accomplish or before you decide if what you want to do is best accomplished through a group of people.)

June 4, 2013

Don’t miss What’s Ahead for Housing? A Symposium on Federal Housing Policy Change

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Do you lay awake at night contemplating the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?  Can’t get enough of talking about the Mortgage Interest Deduction? Does the thought of a day discussing potential changes to the Low-Income Housing Tax Credits make you swoon? If so, you’ll want to attend What’s Ahead for Housing?  A Symposium on Federal Housing Policy Change.