February 12, 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.

StreetSeen: A New Tool for Understanding the Built Environment

(RECAP: Want an easy to use a public engagement tool that helps you understand the visual preferences of the public? StreetSeen (http://streetseen.osu.edu), a free online tool, allows planners and others to simply construct and deploy visual surveys.)

Lease-to-purchase program provides pathway to homeownership

(RECAP: Despite a slowly recovering economy and down-payment assistance programs, many families still struggle to afford homeownership. This Michigan program offers a way to ease into it slowly.)

How Community Benefits Agreements Protect Local Communities

(RECAP: As the economy has improved over the past year, once-stalled development projects are revving up and interest in using CBAs as a tool to secure the wellbeing of local communities is growing.)

Norfolk’s Second Better Block A Success!

(RECAP: A collaboration with the city of Norfolk, the National Association of Realtors®, the Hampton Rhodes Realtors Association and the Park Place Business Association, took two blocks of semi-vacant historic building stock with wide streets, and converted them into an active and vibrant neighborhood destination.)

Supportive Housing Toolkit for Public Housing Agencies

(RECAP: A guide for public housing agencies and others who would like to set up supportive housing in their communities. Explains who supportive housing serves, its benefits and characteristics, and the most common models and features.)

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