May 20, 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.

Housing 2020

(RECAP: In Housing 2020, Housing Virginia looks at the future of housing in Virginia through four lenses – Demographics, Economics, Finance and the Greening of our Housing Stock. In each of these areas they worked with an expert to identify and communicate what these changes are and what is needed to understand about these trends.)

Citizen Surveys: Part 4 – Ask the Right Person / Testing / Conduct the Survey & Analyze Results

(RECAP: More and more communities are using surveys to get a better sense of public opinion on a wide range of planning-related issues. For surveys to be of value, however, they need to be carefully prepared and administered.)

New Data on True Cost of Voucher Administration

(RECAP: HUD plans to provide housing authorities with data from a new report  commissioned on administrative fees for Housing Choice Vouchers, so housing authorities can model their own fee structures and plan for the future of their voucher administration departments. In the longer term, HUD plans to issue proposed rules based on the study’s findings and open a comment period in fall 2015.)

Getting Started with the Housing Trust Fund (Part One of Two)

(RECAP: The National Housing Trust Fund is the first entirely new federal source for affordable housing created in many years. This is an introduction for those administering the program and their private-sector partners.)

A Crowdfunding Site Lets You Bring Energy Efficiency To Poor Neighborhoods

(RECAP: Donnel Baird and his team have put together BlocPower, a social business that gathers together inefficient buildings into more attractive packages. It then finds the money from impact investors who get a decent return, though not a spectacular one.)

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.

Welcome To Our Neighborhood: A Manifesto for Inclusivity

(RECAP: Housing policy is not just about houses, it is also about people, and about who may live in a community. We challenge communities to proclaim, “Yes in our backyard! We welcome new neighbors. We encourage more diversity.”)

Misunderstanding the millennials

(RECAP: Most millennials will end up married, and with children, and living, if they can, in single-family homes, although perhaps later in life. When they arrive en masse, though, they will transform the suburbs, but not destroy them.)

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