December 3, 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 Cities and States Are Fighting Gentrification’s Displacement Factor

(RECAP: Governments, including Fairfax County, and non-profit organizations have developed a variety of strategies to preserve housing affordability for those most affected by gentrification and revive distressed communities.)

Social Security disability income shouldn’t mean you don’t qualify for a mortgage

(RECAP: More than 15 million people receive Social Security disability income every year. Placing unnecessary documentation requirements on recipients of Social Security disability income, including disabled veterans, may raise fair lending concerns.)

Making the Real Estate Case for 'Walkable Urban Places'

(RECAP: If real estate developers don't want to miss out on the next big thing, they should focus on “walkable urban places,” or “WalkUPs,” according to a new report from LOCUS, a coalition of real estate investors that's part of Smart Growth America.)

Boomers to Seniors Housing: Hell No, We Won't Go!

(RECAP: Just as the baby boomers reach the age at which they might start using 55-plus seniors housing, not only are they still not ready to go the traditional route, but this attitude is causing a massive shift in the use and design of residences for the elderly.)

16 Online Tools And Resources for More Productive Planners

(RECAP: You manage multiple projects, plans and engagement processes and collaborate with colleagues, partners and stakeholders. How can you work smarter and faster every day? It starts with having the right tools.)

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.

The Unfinished Suburbs of America

(RECAP: Thousands of acres across the country were partially developed during the housing boom. What should happen to them now?)

Faith in land trusts

(RECAP: The third path between renting and homeownership is tantalizingly within reach. Community land trusts are proven successes, but with credit still tight everywhere, they need FHA-backed loans.)

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