January 20, 2016

Beyond Bricks and Sticks

A weekly digest of current trends in housing and community development. The discussion examines topics from infrastructure to community fabric.

Helping Hands Blog

(RECAP: This blog promotes the highlights, accomplishments and success stories of HAND members, in addition to areas of need and critical updates to the affordable housing and community development field.)

A Briefing on the Family Options Study

(RECAP: In 2008, Congress directed HUD to look at and analyze the effects of various services and interventions intended for homeless families. After years observation, researchers have released the preliminary results of their study in the report Family Options Study: Short-Term Impacts of Housing and Services Interventions for Homeless Families.)

What is New Urbanism?

(RECAP: The walkable, vibrant, beautiful places that New Urbanists build work better for businesses, local governments and their residents. Anyone who works to create, restore or protect a great place can join in the New Urbanism movement.)

Promoting Accessibility in Disaster Relief Housing

(RECAP: For individuals with mobility limitations, natural disasters can be even more destabilizing if their temporary housing does not adequately meet their needs. “Design Details for Accessible Disaster Relief Housing,” describes the design considerations that enable accessibility for survivors of a disaster.)

Threats to LIHTC’s Mojo Loom

(RECAP: Labor shortage, rising development costs may thwart deals in the year ahead.)

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.

The place for research in housing policy: The Center looks back and ahead

(RECAP: NHC’s Center for Housing Policy is an important part of ensuring research has a place in policy discussions. Key to the work of the Center—and a characteristic that differentiates NHC’s research work from that of other housing research organizations—is providing a bridge between research and practice through accessible and relevant research and outreach to practitioners and policymakers.)

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