October 7, 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 Other Affordable Housing Crisis

(RECAP: Trailer park evictions are a crisis affecting a critical but widely ignored segment of affordable housing. The recovering real estate market is likely to put a growing number of these communities at risk.)

‘Artful bike racks’ bring public art to Lynchburg

(RECAP: Merging beauty with practicality, four “Artful Bike Racks” recently have been installed in Lynchburg’s downtown.)

New toolkit spotlights local policies and programs that further fair housing

(RECAP: While there’s growing consensus that we need to do more as a country to address racial and economic segregation and grow more inclusively, it’s been less clear how we do it. NHC’s new Inclusive Communities Toolkit clarifies the how-to.)

Survey Finds Homebuyers’ Needs For Accessible Housing Are Unmet

(RECAP: Families that include individuals with disabilities say they have difficulty finding housing to meet their needs and real estate agents are often ill equipped to help. In response, Century 21 announced the development of a Special Agent Learning Program that will provide its agents with access to information and resources on accessible housing and universal design 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.

Who Needs to Be Invited to the Affordable Housing Planning Meeting?

(RECAP: “Inclusionary housing policies are not asking developers to resolve an area’s affordable housing problem,” writes Rick Jacobus, the author of a new report on inclusionary housing, “rather they’re asking them to be responsible for the economic impacts of their development.”)

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