June 10, 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 Resources

(RECAP: Housing Virginia understands that getting the facts straight — current and truthful — is the challenge for housing messaging efforts. The challenge includes understanding how data can inform and educate policy makers, and provide opportunities to bring credibility, focus and relevance in addressing affordable housing issues in the broader community context.)

Small urban developers movement picks up steam

(RECAP: A small developer and builders group associated with CNU is gathering momentum and has the potential to fill a gap in the industry. Resources are available for big urban developers and sprawl builders, but few educational materials and support systems can be found to help small-scale infill developers.) 

Housing for Older Adults — Location, Location, Location

(RECAP: Location is important to all of us at all life stages, but becomes even more important as we get older and -- either through choice or necessity -- need more options to connect and stay engaged in the community.)

Effect of QAP Incentives on the Location of LIHTC Properties

(RECAP: As the competition for credits has increased, it seems likely that Qualified Allocation Plan criteria — such as providing set-asides for developments with existing housing subsidies or awarding bonus points for locating developments in particular types of neighborhoods — will play a greater role in shaping where tax credit developments are built.)

Who Decides Where Autistic Adults Live?

(RECAP: For many intellectually disabled people, large campuses or farmsteads may be better options than small group homes. But new state laws could make it hard for big facilities to survive.)

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.

Senior housing transitions can lead to stigma and isolation

(RECAP: In senior housing facilities where residents are required to relocate as heath issues worsen, seniors tend to isolate themselves and may hide health conditions out of fear of relocation, according to a new study.)

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