November 13, 2013

Beyond Bricks and Sticks

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

Lighting a Spark Between Energy Advocates and Community Development

(RECAP: Partnerships between utility companies and affordable rental housing owners are ripe for development. In fact, in the next 10 years, utility companies are set to budget a conservative estimate of $12 billion for programs that could help finance affordable housing energy-efficiency retrofits, including everything from small-scale updates to more comprehensive treatments.)

Shipping Containers and the Pop-Up City

(RECAP: Despite the initial appearance, shipping container construction is not just a novelty construction method for pop-up city projects. Provided there’s demand for temporary spaces, shipping containers – materials that have proven themselves to be sustainable and affordable – may be able to provide the solution.)

Understanding the quirks of incremental urbanism

(RECAP: Incremental Urbanism is a critically important part of addressing our economic and environmental challenges, so we must help make it happen in the right places, work diligently to make it excellent and learn to accept its occasional quirkiness.)

Coming Soon: NeighborWorks One-Week Certifications 

(RECAP: Beginning December 9, 2013, NeighborWorks America will offer one-week certifications in community engagement, construction and rehab, management and leadership, and homeownership and community lending. The goal is to help provide community development and affordable housing professionals with efficient paths to empowerment and accomplishment.)

‘Habilitation’ Among New Health Care Benefits

(RECAP: People need habilitation when they have a congenital defect or disease that impairs the development of basic life skills. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, habilitation services will now be an “essential benefit” in private insurance plans. The states, together with insurers and advocacy groups, will have a big say in what, and how much, is covered.)

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