March 11, 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.

The Secrets of Successful Communities – Part 3: Use Education and Incentives, Not Just Regulation

(RECAP: Successful communities have identified a variety of creative ways to influence the development process outside of the regulatory process. In Staunton, Virginia the Historic Staunton Foundation offered free design assistance to any downtown business owner who would restore the façade of their building.)

HUD Awards $36 Million to Promote Jobs, Self-Sufficiency for Public Housing Residents

(RECAP: HUD has awarded nearly $36 million in grants to public housing authorities and non-profit organizations across the nation — including four in Virginia — to hire or retain service coordinators to help residents achieve economic and housing independence. The funding will also link the elderly and people with disabilities with supportive services that allow them to maintain independent living and age-in-place.)

Serving Those Who Served

(RECAP: Many housing providers say that chronically homeless vets face the same challenges finding housing as do the chronically homeless population. Community organizations, including some not veteran-specific, are figuring out how best to reach and serve an increasing number of veterans in need.)

New Risks–and Incentives–to Build Resilient Communities

(RECAP: In the wake of unprecedented storms and flooding, the design world has begun to treat resiliency as a new discipline for creating better, more risk-ready communities. Yet the building developers and architects on the front lines of implementation are facing a daunting new challenge: How to fund resilient design.)

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.

Size Does Matter: How The Tiny House Movement Is Solving The Homeless Crisis

(RECAP: This social and architectural trend ranges from practical solutions to chronic homelessness and affordable housing, to experimental projects that initiate a conversation about the interplay of space, social outcomes and fringe societies in an increasingly dense world.) 

5 Trends Shaping The Future Of Architecture

(RECAP: Architects predict that these buildings won't be as flashy, but they'll be far more useful on an everyday basis. The divide between public and private space will melt away. And they may be built of a material you haven't even heard of yet.) 

Is YIMBYism the Next Big Single-Issue Political Platform?

(RECAP: YIMBYism has emerged as a rallying cry in many cities as a counteractive to NIMBYism, the pejorative term for neighborhood resistance to new development. And one San Francisco mayoral candidate is making "Yes in My Back Yard" her mission statement.)

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