February 4, 2015

Beyond Bricks and Sticks

A weekly digest of current trends in housing and community development. The discussion examines topics from infrastructure to community fabric.

Are Millennials Different, or Just Delaying Homeownership?

(RECAP: As a result of extreme economic conditions, Millennials have had to delay milestones generally preceding homeownership. Now, as they’re increasingly prepared to become homeowners, it is important that the supply and policies be in place so that they don’t delay the wealth building associated with homeownership as well.)

NMHC Special Report: Working Towards Workforce Housing

(RECAP: Apartment starts for 2015 should fall in the 500,000-unit range. Of those, 100,000 units are developed with federal LIHTC for people earning 60 percent or less of AMI. If you earn 61 or 65 or 68 or 80 percent of AMI, there are no such programs.)

Minorities and the 'Slumburbs'

(RECAP: Despite bleak forecasts, families of color are finding more equitable conditions in suburbs. But the type of suburb matters.)

How to Encourage More 'Lifelong' Housing

(RECAP: With one in three Americans now 50 or older, being prepared as a nation to support the needs — and benefit from the contributions — of older adults is becoming more and more important.)

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 Quiet Shift in Housing Policy

(RECAP: Homeownership used to be the means by which middle class economic security was obtained; from now on it will be the ends by which that economic security is measured.)

The Rise of the Development Agreement

(RECAP: The evolution of the development agreement reveals how its proliferation as a land use tool is a symptom of a larger struggle between increasingly complicated land use regulations, the public’s conflicting goals and developers’ desire for certainty.)

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