September 9, 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.

HUD’s Resource Locator latest service provided by agency’s enterprise geographic information system

(RECAP: This app and website lets you use a smartphone or computer to find local affordable housing opportunities, providing a resource that makes the process of assisting low-income buyers or renters a breeze.)

Enterprise A.C.T.I.O.N Campaign advocates for LIHTC

(RECAP: NHC member Enterprise Community Partners recently updated a set of advocacy fact sheets for the ACTION (A Call to Invest in Our Neighborhoods) Campaign. They were updated in August with the most recent available research from 2013, which demonstrates the positive impact LIHTC funds have had on producing and preserving affordable housing, economic impacts and job creation.)

Charted: How Housing Policy Impacts Inequality

(RECAP: Data show that housing subsidies reduce income inequality, while the mortgage interest and real estate tax deductions increase it. It also shows that benefits for low-income households create equality while benefits targeted at high-income households create a wider disparity.)

How Innovative Senior Living Designs Are Rewriting Old Rules

(RECAP: Incorporating certain design features—even some that seem to be common-sense additions—is a rising challenge for designers and architects who specialize in senior living. Some have had success in working with local and state officials to allow for more flexible design, while for some features the “go-ahead” is still very much a work in progress.)

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.

Three's Not Always A Crowd: The rise of the multigenerational home

(RECAP: In recent years, more Americans are looking for houses designed to accommodate multiple generations—specifically, grandparents moving in with their children and college graduates returning to live with Mom and Dad.)

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