January 29, 2014

Beyond Bricks and Sticks





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

How homelessness continues to decline despite the affordable housing crisis

(RECAP: Unless they happen to be outside during an annual Point-in-Time count, families who are turned away from a shelter are denied not only a bed but inclusion in official statistics.)
http://blog.metrotrends.org/category/built-environment/

Correcting Priorities: The 10th Annual Demographia Housing Affordability Survey 

(RECAP: Even a decade ago, there was considerable evidence of the rapidly deteriorating housing affordability in markets with urban containment policy. Yet, governments implementing these policies were largely ignoring not only the trends, but also any reference to the extent of the losses in historic context.)
http://www.newgeography.com/content/004142-correcting-priorities-the-10th-annual-demographia-housing-affordability-survey

How the New Market Tax Credit Program Could Actually Benefit Communities

(RECAP: As Congress considers extending the NMTC program, it should work with stakeholders to identify ways to make the provision of financial counseling and other services (FCOS) a more attractive option for investors and community development entities.)
http://www.rooflines.org/3561/how_the_new_market_tax_credit_program_could_actually_benefit_communities/

A House Divided – How Race Colors the Path to Homeownership

(RECAP: Zillow and the National Urban League examined recent trends in minority access to housing, outlining the different experiences among races when seeking a mortgage and buying and owning a home.) 
http://www.zillow.com/blog/research/2014/01/15/minority-mortgage-access/

ULI Seeks to Expand Affordable Housing Options

(RECAP: Solutions to increase the supply of affordable rental housing are explored in a new report from the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Terwilliger Center for Housing and Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.) 
http://www.loansafe.org/solutions-for-affordable-rental-housing

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