March 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.

What If There Was a Middle Option Between Renting and Owning?

(RECAP: An innovative shared-equity program in Vermont helps low- and middle-income people ease into homeownership.)

The Secrets of Successful Communities – Part 2: Inventory Community Assets

(RECAP: Too many communities think that economic revival is about the one big thing. Successful economic development is rarely about the one big thing. More likely, it is about lots of little things working synergistically together in a plan that makes sense.)

Exploring Unsubsidized Affordable Housing

(RECAP: As fast as the subsidized affordable housing system can create more units, need outgrows production. Light-touch rental housing — a new approach to ensure housing affordability in the unsubsidized affordable market —  can be highly-tailored to respond to specific market conditions and local community needs.) 

Urban Land Institute And The John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Launch How Housing Matters Online Portal

(RECAP: The interdisciplinary online portal is focused on housing's role in individual and neighborhood wellbeing. It offers up-to-date, easily searchable research and news connecting housing with a broad range of topics.)

Homelessness Ends With Housing

(RECAP: Does giving houses to the homeless and helping families get back into housing work? The evidence suggests that it is by far the best and most cost effective (for your tax dollars and mine) solution out there.)

The federal budget and local responses to housing needs: Research on funding and flexibility

(RECAP: The Center for Housing Policy, the National Housing Conference’s research division, strives to increase understanding about how local housing programs are related to and are supported by federal housing programs.)

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 Anti-Poverty Case for “Smart” Gentrification, Part 2

(RECAP: Gentrification certainly comes with attendant dangers for low-income families, which policy makers should be on guard against. But it comes with potential benefits too, so we should be careful about simply “protecting” neighborhoods from the process.)

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