February 2, 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.

LIIF launches Social Impact Calculator 2.0

(RECAP: National Housing Conference member Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) revealed last month an update to its Social Impact Calculator tool, Social Impact Calculator 2.0. The tool is designed to allow community developers to measure the impact of affordable housing and other community investments by determining what works to improve the lives of people in those communities.)

Will the giants of housing finance become "green" giants?

(RECAP: Change does not come easily at the three large housing finance agencies - the FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But all three institutions, in their multifamily lending operations, have shown admirable willingness to adopt new policies to improve the energy efficiency of rental housing in America.)

Getting Residents Engaged in Participatory Mapping

(RECAP: Maps have become every more prevalent in the daily lives of our residents, thanks to mobile mapping technology. Participatory mapping is about getting people to share their knowledge of the community, identifying challenges or opportunities that directly impact their community. Participatory mapping allows community members to become active in the process of creating maps.)

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.

Should We Put a Dollar Value on the Benefits of Affordable Housing?

(RECAP: Even as we realize that a “cost-benefit” or “return-on-investment” analysis should not be the sole driver of housing policy decisions, it can be a useful part of the discussion. And it can help make the case for affordable housing programs to those who take a “bottom line” approach to government spending decisions.)

Charrette: A social innovation lab

(RECAP: Those of you working in the city planning trenches every day, using collaborative design workshops to engage the people, you’re really running a form of social innovation lab. You’re drawing from diverse perspectives, co-creating solutions and taking on a systems approach to problem solving.) 

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