June 29, 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.

Models and Components of a Great Nonprofit Dashboard

(RECAP: Dashboards are enormously useful for keeping strategic goals in play. So, how do you create an effective dashboard? Financial-management experts Hilda Polanco and Sarah Walker guide readers through a step-by-step process, using real-life examples from a variety of nonprofit organizations.)

Affordable, Accessible, Integrated Housing – Expanding Options for People with Disabilities

(RECAP: CIL-NET is hosting a national training in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Aug. 23-25 to make sure Centers for Independent Living administrators, housing specialists and other advocates are equipped to help individuals find housing, all while increasing the stock of affordable, accessible, integrated housing in their community. The registration deadline is Aug. 2.)

This elevator could shape the cities of the future

(RECAP: Though the technology will initially be more expensive, it will save buildings money by having a much smaller footprint and allowing for greener building designs. The elevators can also increase handling capacity by up to 45%, even though they move slower than many current elevators to increase comfort.)

New Enterprise Research – Giving Due Credit: Balancing Priorities in State Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Allocation Policies

(RECAP: The Enterprise Policy Development & Research team has released its latest report on efforts to balance cost control with building quality and resident opportunity in affordable housing. The report, Giving Due Credit: Balancing Priorities in State Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Allocation Policies, examines overall approaches to managing the Housing Credit program as well as specific provisions, incentives and tools. It also discusses the numerous options and trade-offs that policy makers and housing developers face.)

The Maturation of Modular Building: A Developer's Lessons Learned

(RECAP: The process saved one developer at least 15% of the total cost of development. If modular can slash construction cost in high-cost areas while providing more affordable and workforce housing, then why isn’t it being done more?)

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