August 28, 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 Can We Build Support for Affordable Housing?

(RECAP: How can we build support for affordable housing? That’s the question at the heart of a recent report from the Center for Housing Policy, “Building Support for Affordable Homeownership and Rental Choices.”)

HUD Encourages Chronic Homeless Priorities for Permanent Supportive Housing

(RECAP: HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development recently issued a Notice “strongly encouraging” Continuums of Care (CoCs) to establish priorities for serving various categories of chronically homeless people in CoC Program-funded permanent supportive housing.)

Streetcar is approved for Columbia Pike

(RECAP: Columbia Pike in Arlington, one of the more successful commercial strip redevelopment areas spurred by a form-based code, will get a streetcar. Two years ago, the county board approved a plan for new housing that included saving 6,000-plus currently affordable units and adding more affordable units along the corridor.)

Young and Old Find Common Ground in Oregon Housing Community

(RECAP: At Bridge Meadows, a special housing development in Portland, troubled foster children and elders live side by side. While it’s doubtful this model is going to be the magic answer to elder housing and troubled youth, in some places and for some communities, it might be just right.)

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