April 15, 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.

New data on housing affordability points the way for housing policy

(RECAP: The pressure of spending too much on housing hits renters and owners across this country at many income levels, and the effects are most intense for people with the least means. There isn't a single policy answer, but rather several dimensions to pursue.)

Housing Vacancies and Homeownership

(RECAP: The U.S. Census Bureau’s Housing Vacancies and Homeownership provides current information on rental and homeowner vacancy rates, and characteristics of units available for occupancy. These data are used extensively by public and private sector organizations to evaluate the need for new housing programs and initiatives.)

Create Your Own Mobile Planning App

(RECAP: Chip-In is a mobile app that enables community members to "chip-in" by volunteering time, donating money, and/or even just merely thinking of community projects in their neighborhood. Not only does it help you to get involved within the community, it also gives you the tools to "make service social.")

Out of Reach 2014: Virginia

(RECAP: In Virginia, the Fair Market Rent (FMR) for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,088. In order to afford this level of rent and utilities – without paying more than 30% of income on housing – a household must earn $3,628 monthly or $43,536 annually.)

Study finds assisted housing works, but it could be improved

(RECAP: Housing Choice Voucher and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit programs have grown in importance since the 1990s and have improved their performance by moving more households into low-poverty, less distressed areas. Still, much more needs to be done.)

What Have We Learned From 30 Years of 'Aging in Place'?

(RECAP: Aging in place isn't just a matter of building housing for retirees. It's about fostering supportive community structures that evolve with age.)

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.

How Can We Build Support for Affordable Housing?

(RECAP: Gaining an understanding of what we need and what we mean by affordable housing is a necessary step to building support.)

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