August 19, 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.

The Greening of Jefferson Avenue, Richmond Virginia 

(RECAP: Greening America’s Capitals helps state capitals develop a vision of environmentally friendly neighborhoods that incorporate innovative green infrastructure strategies.)

Rural Housing Service Announces New Round of Multifamily Preservation and Revitalization Funding

(RECAP: The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) announced the application schedule for the next round of Multifamily Preservation and Revitalization (MPR) funds. MPR is a demonstration program designed to preserve and revitalize rural rental housing projects.) 

Virginia Community Economic Network and VT KnowledgeWorks form strategic partnership

(RECAP: The Virginia Community Economic Network (VCEN) and VT KnowledgeWorks have entered into a strategic partnership. Under the new arrangement, VT KnowledgeWorks, a Blacksburg-based business accelerator, will provide staffing and operational support for VCEN, a Richmond-based nonprofit advocate for creating and expanding economic opportunity throughout the state.)

10 Tips for Nonprofit Cybersecurity

(RECAP: With the recent exposure of 21.5 million U.S. federal employees, it is evident hacking is an increasingly pointed threat. But how do nonprofits combat these seemingly unstoppable, undetectable attacks? With education, awareness and a little skepticism, nonprofits can equip themselves with the skills to mitigate cyber threats.)

How Do You Create a Successful Urban Park?

(RECAP: As industry moves out of cities, space is becoming available that can be parkland. The issue, though, is how to make these dead zones truly come alive. Two landscape architects walk us through their approach to creating inviting public spaces.)

Tech Giants Team Up To Boost Accessibility

(RECAP: Some of the biggest names in technology are banding together with a new commitment - dubbed "Teaching Accessibility" - designed to make their products more accessible for people with disabilities.)

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.

Industry and Advocates: To Truly Help Homeowners, Work Together

(RECAP: While industry professionals and nonprofit advocates in the manufactured housing space haven’t always seen eye to eye, our mutual interest in expanding the market means we can and should work together. We see a number of opportunities to do so.)

What Do the Poor Need? Try Asking Them

(RECAP: To improve poor neighborhoods, the people who live there must have a hand in deciding their own fate. Community development isn’t a quick fix. It’s hard work and it takes time. But what’s happening in Houston, Atlanta and elsewhere shows that it’s worth doing.)

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