December 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.

Merger Approved: Virginia Housing Alliance Launches January 1, 2016

(RECAP: The Virginia Housing Coalition and the Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness took one of the final steps in their two year journey toward merger. The merger votes of the membership of both organizations was officially certified at a membership meeting. The merger brings together two organizations that have been in existence for over thirty years.)

Asset Management Discussion Group: How the LIHTC Investor Drives Compliance

(RECAP: HAND’s January 21, 2016 discussion group will cover the investor as a business partner; how investors new to the program since 2008 have changed the environment; the role of the investor’s Asset Manager and much more. This event is free to current HAND members; the non-member fee is $45.)

How Mobile, Alabama, Used Instagram to Address Blight

(RECAP: Like many cities, Mobile didn't even know how many blighted properties it had. Instagram offered a cheap and simple way to start figuring that out.)

Crowd-sourced financing meets urbanism

(RECAP: Crowd-sourced real estate financing has grown to a $200-million-plus business in just three years. Small Change is a crowd-sourced real estate financing business with a mission to revitalize urban neighborhoods. Although the early projects are located in Western Pennsylvania, the goal is to operate nationwide.)

Senior Housing and Services: Challenges and Opportunities in Rural America

(RECAP: In September, HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) convened a panel of housing and health experts to better understand the challenges and strategies related to housing and service coordination for low-income seniors in rural America.)

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