August 26, 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.

Local Government and Philanthropy: What Planners Can Learn from Norfolk

(RECAP: George Homewood, the Norfolk director of planning and APA Virginia Chapter president, and Andrew Salkin, the 100 Resilient Cities chief operating officer, to discuss what being named one of Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities means for the City of Norfolk.)

Coldwell Banker Real Estate and CNET Survey Finds Americans Ready for the Smart Home 

(RECAP: Americans are already embracing the smart home with 28 percent owning at least one smart home product and almost half of Millennials (ages 18 to 34) adopting the technology.)

The promising national discussion on ending veteran homelessness

(RECAP: Despite the challenges facing the effort, the promising examples of recent success show that ending veteran homelessness can be done through a mix of collaboration, resources and programs.)

Which Streetscape Features Best Generate Pedestrian Activity?

(RECAP: Significant streetscape features are the number of pieces of street furniture, the proportion of windows on the street and the proportion of active street frontage. What are the implications for planning practice?)

Poll Finds Public Perception Varies On Intellectual Disabilities

(RECAP: In an online survey of over 2,000 people across the country, the vast majority of those surveyed said adults with intellectual disabilities should live independently, but 8 percent indicated that this population ought to be institutionalized.)

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.

Creating places of opportunity: HUD’s new data- and community-driven approach

(RECAP: The “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” rule requires local communities to develop their own solutions to segregation and establish their own goals for improving inclusion. It provides data and tools to assist and expects local governments to engage the community in setting fair housing goals that respond to local and regional needs.)

Disarming the great affordable housing debate

(RECAP: Blaming "the poverty housing industry" hinders the kind of collaboration that will be necessary to build lasting solutions.)

We Need More Housing Choice Vouchers

(RECAP: As Congress works on the 2016 federal budget, we will be urging our leaders in Washington to fully fund the Housing Choice Voucher program and supportive housing by reallocating funds away from ineffective transitional housing projects.)

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