December 1, 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.

Ready to Respond Tools for Resilience

(RECAP: The Ready to Respond Tools for Resilience were developed to help affordable housing organizations make their buildings resilient, prepare their staff to handle emergencies and ensure their residents remain safe. The toolkit is the very first dedicated to multifamily housing emergency planning.)

Guidebook: Lowering Barriers to Urban Farming

(RECAP: Urban agriculture has long been a staple of sustainable urbanism—in theory. Can policy changes help it become much more than that? This guidebook offers tactics and policies that planners can use to promote urban farms.)

Planning for Better Regional Outcomes

(RECAP: On October 1, 2015, HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research hosted a panel discussion on the ways that regions are overcoming barriers to regional cooperation and tackling these and other challenges through collaborative planning and implementation.)

Welcome to the Inclusionary Calculator

(RECAP: The Inclusionary Calculator is a simple on-line development pro forma which allows users to model a real or hypothetical housing development and then add affordable housing requirements in combination with different development incentives. Using this innovative new tool, users can get a sense of what might be economically reasonable for a given jurisdiction trying to set appropriate inclusionary housing requirements and offer developers meaningful incentives.)

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 Equitable TODs Would Improve Urban Environments

(RECAP: Enterprise Community Partners claims that to make urban environments stronger, low- and moderate-income residents need equitable transit-oriented developments (eTOD). The preservation and creation of dedicated affordable housing is a primary goal of eTOD.)

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