August 27, 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.

Why 'Place' is the New American Dream

(RECAP: The new American Dream will transform cities and towns in the 21st Century. To understand it, we have to grasp a few features of the previous American Dream, which created the metropolitan regions that we know today.)

Community Land Trusts Gain New Activist Allies

(RECAP: The Right to the City, an activist housing justice alliance, broadens its agenda to include advocating for community land trusts (CLTs) and other permanently affordable housing arrangements. The alliance believes CLTs provide the opportunity for residents—including renters—to actually have control over their homes and communities.)

Understanding Disability in America Using Census Bureau Statistics

(RECAP: On, American FactFinder provides dynamically generated tables and maps, with dozens focused specifically on disability. In a country of more than 318 million, understanding disability across America is not simple. Census Bureau statistics, however, offer a great place to start.)

Older Americans Community Access Revitalization and Education (CARE) Act

(RECAP: The CARE Act, introduced by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) on July 31, creates a pilot project to encourage Area Agency on Aging support services to be packaged and targeted to residents in federally-assisted rental housing or low-income tax credit housing. The pilot is designed to increase access to available services for low-income, elderly adults.)

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