October 1, 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.

Webinar Series on New Home & Community-Based Services Rule – September 30 – October 28

Watch this webinar series to learn about a new rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that defines acceptable settings for home and community-based services. Find out how the new rule will affect housing and other services for people with disabilities.

Affordable multifamily properties’ mid-life crisis

(RECAP: Many of us appreciate the role affordable apartment properties play in providing housing to Virginians who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it, but few genuinely understand what goes into preserving those meaningful living quarters in the state’s affordable housing supply. It’s an information gap that needs to be closed soon.)

Is housing assistance a safety net or a springboard?

(RECAP: Is housing assistance a springboard to economic opportunity? Today, with the release of the largest study ever to explore the issue, we have evidence that the answer is, by and large, no.)

Viable Futures Toolkit

(RECAP: The financial, social and health care issues raised by today’s elders and aging baby boomers can be harnessed to create a viable future for generations to come. With this in mind, JABA partnered with the Viable Futures Center in Baltimore, MD, to create a Viable Futures Toolkit that can assist communities with the policies and practices to create viable and vibrant futures for all generations.)

How '9x18' Parking Spaces Could Solve Affordable Housing

(RECAP: The dimensions, 9x18, total 162 square feet or the size of a parking space. The "9x18" proposal by the Institute for Public Architecture provides a lesson in the relationship between parking requirements and the cost of housing.)

Interactive map shows 12 years and more than 100 million new mortgages in 24 seconds

(RECAP: For the first time, anyone can see at a glance when and where new mortgage loans were made to African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians and Non-Hispanic white borrowers. It’s a quick and easy way to understand how the boom and bust played out for these racial and ethnic groups in every American community.)

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