May 25, 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.

Photos: WeLive Now Open in Crystal City

(RECAP: WeLive is a much more ambitious effort than just trying to figure out how to cram humans into as small a space as possible while maintaining an aura of high-end living. As its leaders will tell you, it’s a new paradigm for living in cities.)

Policy Focus: Rental Assistance Reform: Streamlining and Modernizing Key Programs 

(RECAP: A brief overview of current and prospective federal rental-assistance reforms, this Policy Focus discusses reforms such as Section 8, the Rental Assistance and Moving to Work Demonstrations (RAD, MTW) and Pay for Success. It includes a helpful chart with the status of 10 major rental-assistance reforms.)

HUD Launches New Healthy Homes App

(RECAP: As consumers increasingly rely upon smartphones and other mobile devices to access information, this new mobile Healthy Homes app offers a convenient tool for users to learn about common health and safety risks in the home and the steps consumers can take to protect themselves.)

Four Ways Technology Can Make Housing More Affordable

(RECAP: Affordability is a fundamental challenge facing our most successful cities. Where supply cannot keep up with demand there are often four forces at work, and technology has the potential to help mitigate all of them.)

Relationship Between Educational Attainment and Homeownership Becoming More Important, According to First American Homeownership Progress Index 

(RECAP: The second annual First American Homeownership Progress Index is available as an interactive tool that can be tailored to showcase how trends in employment, education, income, marital status, minority status, children per household and poverty impact homeownership rates over time at national, state and metropolitan area levels.)

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