September 10, 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.

Building Healthy Places at the 2014 Fall Meeting

(RECAP: Urban Land Institute’s Fall Meeting, to be held October 21-23 in New York City, will feature strong content related to health and real estate. Session topics include Repurposing and Repositioning: New Life for Obsolete Properties and Housing and Health: From Research to Real Deals.)

Living Large on a Small Footprint

(RECAP: Engineers at MIT may soon offer cities another lever to increase both workforce housing and urban density. The CityHome is a transformable wall system that integrates furniture, storage, office space and entertainment hardware. It’s also modular and scalable: smart architecture that can be inserted into a “dumb” chassis, relieving risk-averse developers from up-front overhead costs.)

Believing in Homeownership: How It Affects the Desire to Buy

(RECAP: Policymakers should consider changing policies and political rhetoric that emphasize owning and its benefits. They should acknowledge that renting has advantages, promote balanced messages that do not favor one tenure form over the other, and design new policies to support a range of options suitable to meet the diverse housing needs of all households who aspire to the American Dream.)

Can Cities Ease Homelessness With Storage Units?

(RECAP: Transitional storage isn't a solution for homelessness, per se. But it can alleviate the suffering and distress that the homeless feel and, in some cases, help people to avoid long-term homelessness altogether.)

A learning series from the Financial Capability Demonstration Project

(RECAP: Learn how to effectively integrate and support financial capability services in your non-profit organization. NeighborWorks America's new series of financial capability project briefs examine financial coaching as an effective approach to building financial capability.)

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