April 30, 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.

2013 LIHTC Yearbook: How the housing credit delivers homes and jobs across the country 

(RECAP: The program has been so successful that it’s become a solution for many problems beyond those it was originally intended to solve: It truly is the “Swiss Army Knife” of America’s housing policy.)

"Bikeometer" shows cyclists are significant

(RECAP: Recently Arlington unveiled the region's first "bikeometer," a high-tech device that counts how many cyclists pass by, and displays the daily and yearly totals for anyone to see. By publicly displaying the data, the bikeometer helps illustrate that a lot of people really do use bikes to get around.)

Realtors discover that walkable places are preferred

(RECAP: Urbanists would be wise to show Realtors how policies can allow more urban places to be built to meet the unfulfilled desires of Americans. Realtors could team up with urbanists and other supporters of urban place to support the reforms necessary to make change happen.)

New Report Examines State Affordable Housing Programs for People with Disabilities

(RECAP: The Technical Assistance Collaborative has released “State Funded Housing Assistance Programs,” a report on state funded rental assistance and homelessness prevention resources for people with mental illness or other disabilities that can be used by states considering the development or modification of existing housing programs.)

What would it take to end family homelessness?

(RECAP: In 2013, families accounted for 36 percent of the homeless population—58 percent of those family members were children. To end family homelessness, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness has a plan calling for four key strategy areas for federal, state and local action.)

NeighborWorks America’s Green Training and Certification

(RECAP: Professional certificate courses designed to educate individuals seeking a comprehensive overview of the green building industry, with an emphasis on green materials and methods of construction and rehabilitation for affordable housing.)

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