April 28, 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.

April 29 Webinar: Building Financial Capability- A Planning Guide for Integrated Services

(RECAP:  Join the authors of "Building Financial Capability: A Planning Guide for Integrated Services” as they explain—step-by-step—how you can use their 13-interactive tools as part of a proven process for developing a successful integration plan for your community-based or social service organization.) 

Intergenerational Housing-The New Sharing Model?

(RECAP: With regard to housing, it’s clear that designing new models that mix the young and the old is becoming necessary, as affordable housing options for both groups don’t exist on the scale needed, and some programs are creating viable options.)

Citizen Surveys: Part 1 – How Surveys Can Support Local Planning Efforts

(RECAP: A growing number of communities are augmenting traditional meetings and forums with citizen surveys. A scientifically conducted survey of residents brings in the voice of the public like no forum, newspaper straw poll or focused discussion.)

For low-wage workers, finding affordable housing is hard

(RECAP: The wait for subsidized housing can take years for some units. Development plans with the phrase "low income" attached to them have for years received cold receptions among the region's local government planners.)

State HFAs Highlighted in TAC’s Report on Innovative Strategies in Financing ELI Units

(RECAP: A report by the Technical Assistance Collaborative identifies the success three state HFAs have had in financing supportive housing for extremely low-income households, and argues the approaches to supportive housing used by these states could be adapted to incorporate Housing Trust Fund dollars in 2016.)

Finding Gold for Green

(RECAP: The inherent complexities of the affordable sector make financing green retrofits at affordable properties a particularly demanding task. Yet our industry has some very creative professionals who are turning to numerous sources to make federally assisted properties more efficient.)

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 U.S. Spends Far More on Homeowner Subsidies Than It Does on Affordable Housing

(RECAP: The real problem with American housing policy? The U.S. shells out roughly $46 billion a year on affordable housing. Compare that to $195 billion in subsidies that flow largely to wealthy and middle class homeowners via tax deductions for mortgage interest.)

Should policymakers address Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s shrinking role in Multifamily Housing?

(RECAP: Given the current rental environment, shrinking the GSEs’ role further is not only unnecessary, but also detrimental, especially for the underserved segments of the market. Considering the strong upward trajectory of the demand and cost of renting in the coming years, FHFA may need to do more.)

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