April 22, 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 Zero

(RECAP: Although the Better Housing Coalition, a non-profit community development corporation in Richmond, Va., has developed green dwellings for many years, Somanath Senior Apartments was its first foray into a net-zero energy building — to our knowledge, the first of its kind in Virginia.)

Who Wants to Move vs. Who Ends Up Actually Moving

(RECAP: A new analysis from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the U.S. suffers not only from income inequality but from residential inequality, as well. As the study makes clear, it’s lower income and minority households who are the most stuck in place, wanting to move but unable to do so.)

AFI Resource Guide: Building Financial Capability- A Planning Guide for Integrated Services

(RECAP: The interactive tools walk organizations step-by-step through the process of developing an integration plan, beginning with developing a deeper understanding of clients’ financial circumstances and which financial capability services can help them improve their situations.)

Demand High For Specialized Housing

RECAP: Although other programs operate homes with some modifications for aging residents with developmental disabilities, this one from New Horizons is exclusively for seniors with Down syndrome.)

‘Uber for Home Care’ Raises $20 Million from Investors

(RECAP: While the service, called Honor, is specifically a new model for home care, it might just be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how technology can be harnessed to profoundly alter both the way older Americans secure and receive services and the way in which professional caregivers do their jobs and get paid.)

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.

Real Estate or Health Care—How Do Financiers View Senior Housing?

(RECAP: Part real estate and part operations, senior housing has always counted on both components for success. And financing providers who invest in the space say it’s important to understand that both still play important roles when operators are approaching new projects.)

Ginnie Mae: Transforming the Evolving Marketplace

(RECAP: Ginnie Mae’s challenge is to perform a delicate balancing act in an increasingly complex environment. It has to adapt to changing circumstances while preserving the integrity and strength of our MBS program and ensuring that credit to buy homes is available to those who qualify.

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