November 5, 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.

EPA Invites Communities to Apply for Assistance to Build Resilience, Pursue Revitalization 

(RECAP: The EPA is offering this technical assistance through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program to help communities across the country, including underserved communities, coastal communities, small cities and rural areas, adopt sustainable growth strategies.) 

Veterans have created a housing boom

(RECAP: There may be fewer military boots on the ground overseas, but here at home major campaigns in the housing market have been directed this year at veterans. Big banks and mortgage companies have stepped up efforts to help returning veterans obtain decent and affordable housing.)

Coming to Consensus

(RECAP: A core principle for most community land trusts and other community-based housing organizations is resident and community empowerment. How do we foster this? One way is to welcome all voices at the table where decisions are made.)

Grants Will Help Fight Housing Discrimination

(RECAP: HUD has awarded $38.3 million in grants to help prevent housing discrimination. The funding was awarded to more than 100 fair housing organizations and nonprofit agencies in 43 states, including nonprofit Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. which received $325,000.)

Greenbuild 2014: Financing Green Retrofits for Affordable Housing

(RECAP: The inherent complexities of the affordable sector make financing green retrofits at affordable properties particularly demanding tasks. Yet our industry has some very creative professionals who are turning to numerous sources to make federally assisted properties more efficient.)

Opinions on Housing 

The views and opinions expressed in Opinions on Housing are solely those of the original authors, and do not necessarily represent those of VHDA, our stakeholders or any/all contributors to this blog.

How the Federal Government Can Foster the Role of Anchor Institutions in Community Revitalization

(RECAP: This report provides an overview of how the federal government has worked with anchor institutions over the years, the potential roles anchors can play in communities, and how to measure the community benefits of this work.)

It's Time to End 'Exclusionary Lending'

(RECAP: Today, mortgage lenders have put in place excessively restrictive approval standards that have all but shut the doors to conventional mortgage lending to African-Americans and Latinos. This could be termed exclusionary lending, and it's time for regulators to define and prohibit it.)

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