February 12, 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.

Social Innovation Fund Grants 2015

(RECAP: The Corporation for National and Community Service, the nation’s largest grantmaker for service and volunteering, has approximately $40 million available for new grants to grow innovative, evidence-based solutions to challenges facing low-income communities. Application deadline is March 17. Applicants are encouraged to submit a Notice of Intent by February 20.)

Recap of 2014

(RECAP: 2014 held some interesting developments for the affordable housing sector, despite little housing legislation enacted. From changes in HUD and Congressional leadership to the FHFA decision to fund the National Housing Trust Fund and Capital Magnet Fund, changes happened at many levels.)

Rural America's Silent Housing Crisis

(RECAP: Accounting for only 20 percent of the population, residents of more isolated areas struggle to find a safe, affordable place to live — and to make anyone else care.)

Success Measures adds health to outcomes

(RECAP: As interest grows in the interaction between community development, housing and health, NeighborWorks is developing a method for measuring impact.)

Part 4: How Form-Based Codes Are Written

(RECAP: Previous parts of this series explained the fundamentals of Form-Based Codes, how they differ from conventional zoning codes, why they’re important to communities and typical elements of these codes. This final part discusses how the planning process can bring to life the vision for the community’s future that a form-based code can help achieve.)

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.

Where Will Our Jobs Sleep at Night?

(RECAP: A few voices are emerging with strategies that would foster innovation, encourage business diversification and job growth and promote healthy, vibrant communities, and localities would do well to take note.)

'Housing First' Policy for Addressing Homelessness Hamstrung By Funding Issues

(RECAP: The new approach may spring from good intentions, but is undermined by a lack of affordable housing stock. According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, federal support for low-income housing has fallen 49 percent between 1980 and 2003, and the Joint Center for Housing Studies found about 200,000 rental units are destroyed annually.)

The Downsides of a Neighborhood 'Turnaround'

(RECAP: A former D.C. housing official gives a hard look at what worked, and what didn't, in an award-winning redevelopment project.)

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