September 30, 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.

Fairlawn named one of 10 cheapest (yet great places) to live in Virginia

(RECAP: There’s a website that has a formula for finding the “best” place to live. And that website says Fairlawn – and a bit further down, Christiansburg – is one of the 10 cheapest (yet great places) to live in Virginia.)

Congressional Budget Office Report on Federal Housing Assistance for Low-Income Households

(RECAP: CBO describes federal housing assistance to low-income households and how it has changed since 2000, provides information about the households that receive assistance, and assesses options for altering that assistance.)

New Fund Pairs Housing and Services Coordination

(RECAP: Several banks and philanthropic partners, led by The Kresge Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, KeyBank, and Goldman Sachs, have committed more than $70 million to launch the Strong Families Fund, the largest pilot pay-for-performance project to finance services coordination and affordable housing.)

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.

Aging in community

(RECAP: Aging is not an excuse for housing instability. Over the past three years, Enterprise Community Partners has published resources for the creation of healthy, affordable housing that will allow residents to age in their communities, including the 2015 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria and 2012 Universal Design Specifications.)

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