March 30, 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.

Can Low-Income Housing Be Energy Efficient and Affordable? 

(RECAP: The Virginia Housing Development Authority’s strong incentives for energy efficiency in allocating LIHTCs has resulted in more than 13,500 apartments in Virginia certified under EarthCraft energy standards, where households are welcoming energy savings of $54 per month on average compared with similar homes built without the green standard.)

NHC's Solutions for Housing Communications 2016 Convening 

(This April 28-29 convening will connect affordable housing developers, advocates, funders and government officials for panels, workshops and discussions on challenges and opportunities for gaining community acceptance for affordable housing. Registration is now open for National Housing Conference members and non-members.)!solutions-convenings/hv1dn

Hitting the Restart Button

(RECAP: As the economy improves, a growing number of planning departments and commissions will see renewed interest by developers in acquiring failed or stalled projects. The challenge will be how to help these projects move forward, while complying with municipal zoning ordinances, maintaining consistency with local plans and allowing for citizen input.)

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