February 18, 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.

Amazing Urban Revitalization: The Creative Power of Collaborative Design

(RECAP: The Masonic Amphitheatre and Smith Creek Pedestrian Bridge supported the urban redevelopment of the distressed community in the town of Clifton Forge, and at the same time, gave students the chance to gain lifelong practical experience through the creation of a new, high-quality built environment.)

As numbers of homeless kids rise, resources fall short

(RECAP: Kids who crash temporarily with friends or in hotels account for the majority of the country’s 1.3 million homeless students. But HUD only counts people sleeping on the streets or in shelters as homeless.)

Looking to the Future with RAD

(RECAP: The Cambridge Housing Authority in Massachusetts is converting its public housing units to project-based assistance under the RAD program. Read about these efforts and the recent expansion of RAD.)

5 Trends That Will Shape The Future Of Tiny Housing

(RECAP: Nonprofit think tank the Urban Land Institute has just released a new report on the future of micro-housing. Here's what to expect from the burgeoning world of compact urban living.)

Autism Speaks Putting New Focus On Adults

(RECAP: Starting as a pilot project in three states, Autism Speaks is working with locally-based disability advocacy groups and policymakers to identify legislative goals and mobilize its own network to push for expanded housing options and community-based services for adults on the spectrum.)

Can Washington, DC be a little more like Utah?

(RECAP: In much the same spirit as Envision Utah, Mapping America’s Futures is meant to allow the public, leaders and stakeholders to deliberate the local implications of national trends.)

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.

Is Ending Segregation the Key to Ending Poverty?

(RECAP: Chicago's experiment in relocating poor African American families to rich white suburbs seems to be a success. So why are so few other cities doing the same?)

Does the mortgage industry still need Appraisal Management Companies?

(RECAP: Now that the GSE’s have the ability to instantly review every appraisal submitted to them—via Fannie Mae’s Collateral Underwriter — and will advise the lender of its accuracy, it occurs to me that Appraisal Management Companies are no longer needed.)

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