July 1, 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.

Every Single County in America Is Facing an Affordable Housing Crisis

(RECAP: A new report reveals that zero counties in the U.S. have enough housing for families in extreme poverty. The crisis is national and it is growing. Since 2000, rents across the nation have increased. So has the number of families who desperately need affordable housing.)

NHC’s Policy Symposium highlights: Solutions from the field

(RECAP: The June Policy Symposium hosted by the National Housing Conference showed many ways that housing can be a solution, and it drew together housing stakeholders to learn from each other. If you missed the event and the live webcast, here are just a few of the highlights.)

How Façade Improvement Programs Can Benefit Your Community

(RECAP: The revitalization of a neglected commercial district or residential neighborhood often begins with improvements to a single building or storefront. Here’s an overview of how façade improvement programs work.)

New Study Finds Many People with Disabilities Are Priced Out of Housing

(RECAP: A new report by the Technical Assistance Collaborative and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities finds that people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability payments are likely unable to afford decent housing without some type of assistance.)

Housing Quick Facts

(RECAP: This Housing Virginia Sourcebook fact sheet provides several affordability measures that indicate the degree of need for affordable housing in specific areas of the Commonwealth, including a Housing Affordability Index and housing cost burden by income and by year.)

Study: Seniors Housing Now More Popular Among Those with Higher Incomes 

(RECAP: Higher income seniors are now more likely to occupy seniors housing in their elderly years than those with moderate and low incomes, according to a study conducted by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.)

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 National Housing Trust Fund on the Congressional Cutting Block Unless Advocates Act

(RECAP: Since the National Housing Trust Fund was created, it has had no money. Obviously, funding exists that could be redirected toward the trust fund. Congress will listen, but only if the voices in favor of National Housing Trust Fund funding are organized, loud and insistent.)

Community Development of Tomorrow

(RECAP: Should the primary approach to neighborhood development focus on geographical surroundings by refurbishing housing and attracting new businesses? Or, should the approach be to develop people by concentrating on economic and social empowerment for existing, longtime residents, especially those who are low income and of color?)

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