April 27, 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.

Key Guidelines for Developing Adaptive-Reuse Projects

(RECAP: The preservation of iconic, even historic, properties can help to strengthen the fabric of a community and act as a catalyst to reinvigorate areas suffering from economic stagnation. Adaptive-reuse projects aren’t just good for communities. They represent an excellent opportunity for developers. With interest in adaptive-reuse projects continuing to grow, there are three key guidelines for developers to consider.)

Why Every City Needs Workforce Housing

(RECAP: Workforce housing is a topic that is receiving much greater attention today among officials at all levels of government and the real estate community, as well as those concerned with housing policy and affordability. It’s a complex problem as it is both a housing supply problem, as well as an affordability problem since the incomes of moderate- and middle-income households have essentially been stagnant for the last 20 years or so.)

Disability Housing: What’s Happening? What’s Challenging? What’s Needed?

(RECAP: This paper from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University explores the issues facing individuals, families, providers and policy leaders across the country. Case studies profile four providers with differing approaches to housing and service delivery. The paper concludes with recommendations for organizations and policymakers.)

Beginning the implementation of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule

(RECAP: In July 2015, HUD published the final rule to affirmatively further fair housing. While the implementation is being phased in over the coming years, local and state governments are already beginning to think about how to complete their Assessments of Fair Housing (AFH), using an Assessment Tool and relevant data provided by HUD, instead of the previous Analysis of Impediments.)

A Digital Library for All Your Community-Building Needs

(RECAP: A new resource launched by the nonprofit buildingcommunityWORKSHOP makes it a lot easier for community members to articulate what, exactly, they want from their public spaces — and to accomplish whatever that may be themselves. It’s called the People’s Design Library, but it’s not a library so much as it is a digital aggregate of guides and planning documents that activists, designers and neighbors can access at any time.)

Retired TAP leader puts decades of nonprofit expertise into book

(RECAP: After 40 years at the helm of Roanoke’s Total Action for Progress, Ted Edlich has authored a book, “Navigating the Nonprofit Rapids: Strategies and Tactics for Running a Nonprofit Company.” Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Richmond are considering adopting it as a textbook.)

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