March 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.

Getting to yes: April Solutions convening to tackle the perennial problem of NIMBY

(RECAP: The goal of this convening is to bring together over 200 affordable housing developers, advocates, funders and government officials for panels, workshops and roundtable discussions on challenges and opportunities in overcoming NIMBYism and building community acceptance. It will be held in Seattle, Wash., April 7-8.)

Three charts that explain the renters next door

(RECAP: One of the unexpected legacies of the mortgage crisis has been the replacement in many neighborhoods of single-family homeowners with renters. But who exactly are these renters and which homes are they renting?)

New Housing Concept Emerging For Those With Disabilities

(RECAP: Financed primarily with low-income housing tax credits, this gated community is expected to alleviate a waiting list for safe, affordable housing for adults with developmental disabilities.)

The Secrets of Successful Communities – Part 4: Pick and Choose Among Development Projects

(RECAP: All development is not created equal.  Some development projects will make a community a better place to live, work, and visit. Other development projects will not.)

Age-Friendly Communities - USA Project Report

(RECAP: An overview of a three-year effort, supported by the Tides Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies, to assist low-income communities through an asset-based, age-friendly approach. Included are case studies of four diverse communities working to apply the practices of age-friendly communities.)

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.

Op-Ed: Don't Excuse Displacement when Rationalizing Gentrification

(RECAP: A recent article in Washington City Paper pushes back on the notion that the ill effects of gentrification are overblown. Resurgent cities must, according to the article, find ways to achieve the benefits of gentrification—without the displacement.)

U.S. Housing Policies No Longer Reflect Reality

(RECAP: HUD’s goal in 2015 is to increase homeownership rates. But, there is a distinct possibility that homeownership rates will never return to their pre-recession levels given the number of young Americans who either cannot or will not buy homes.)

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