October 14, 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.

Southwest Virginia towns revitalize by emphasizing their assets

(RECAP: Things finally might be changing for the better in Pulaski, where town efforts and deep-pocket investors have helped spur some redevelopment after years of neglect and failed revitalization efforts. Other communities across the region also have found ways to leverage public and private investment to bring back town centers and jobs.)

Using Public Land to Defray the Cost of Affordable Housing

(RECAP: The process of financing, developing and constructing affordable housing can be long, arduous and expensive. The cost of land makes up a large percentage of total development costs; by partnering with developers to utilize the value of public land in their financial strategy, the development of mixed-income and affordable homes is more financially feasible.)

Is Your Municipality Prepared to Handle Controversial Zoning Decisions?

(RECAP: Dealing with “not in my back yard” zoning issues can be challenging for many municipalities. Whether it is wind turbines, apartments or landfills, each municipality should have a process or plan in place to deal with handling these often controversial requests.)

15 Creative New Designs For Solving The Urban Housing Crisis

(RECAP: From floating houses to super-skinny ones, here's how cities of the future can reimagine how they build to accommodate growing populations.)

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.

How a Housing Program Can Save Medicaid Money

(RECAP: Social impact bonds have already helped state and local governments leverage private and philanthropic funds to pay for homeless services. Now a group of researchers believe the same mechanism could fund housing mobility services -- where a housing authority helps poor families on rental vouchers move from a high-poverty, high-crime neighborhood to a low-poverty, low-crime one with better public schools.)

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