June 11, 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.

A New Way to Open Doors to Opportunity

(RECAP: The Move To Opportunity program is administered by Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) with funds from the Virginia DHCD. The program connects qualified Housing Choice Voucher holders with the resources they need to make the move to an opportunity neighborhood with access to amenities such as jobs, transportation, good schools, grocery stores and retail shops.)

Libraries are dying? Think again

(RECAP: Despite enduring budget cutbacks and being forced to reinvent their services in the face of the ubiquitous Internet, public libraries remain staple institutions in various communities. In fact, 94% of people polled in 2013 said having a public library improves the quality of life in a community.)

Cities need to adapt as senior citizens’ housing needs change

(RECAP: Governments, investors and developers wanting to build housing for seniors face challenges similar to those of affordable-housing advocates trying to provide homes for low- and moderate-income families. However, there is a significant difference.)

Young Adults Aging Out of Foster Care Face Unique Housing Challenges

(RECAP: Youth are no longer eligible for foster care when they reach either age 18 or 21, depending on their location. When they age out of the program, many lack the resources necessary to find and obtain safe, stable housing, according to HUD.)

HUD Launches New Network Aimed at Helping Cities Learn From Each Other

(RECAP: NationalResourceNetwork.org has launched HUD’s first-ever interactive online library and tool kit aimed at helping urban professionals share resources and knowledge, and generally learn from one another.)

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