A weekly digest of current trends in housing and community development. The discussion examines topics from infrastructure to community fabric.
Save the Date: Upcoming Housing Events Approaching Fast!(RECAP: The season for affordable housing conferences in Virginia is fast approaching. Upcoming events include Housing Virginia’s Most Vulnerable Conference in August, the 4th Annual Housing Credit Conference and Mobile Home Parks Symposium, both scheduled for September, and the 2016 Governor’s Housing Conference to be held in November.)
Green Team Creates "Pocket Park"(RECAP: Groundwork RVA’s Green Team demonstrates, with the installation of a “Pocket Park” on North 25th Street, that youth can have a transformative impact on the fabric of a city. Young leaders from Armstrong, George Wythe, Richmond Community and Open High School exemplify the crucial role urban teens play in modeling community-led revitalization in the beautification of a vacant property in North Church Hill.)
Americans Worried About Housing Costs, Support Affordable Housing(RECAP: About 57% of people surveyed have cut back on groceries to afford their rent or mortgage. Nearly one-third of people recently polled fear they will have to move within the next 12 months because of housing costs.)
Who Says a Common Agenda Is Necessary for Collective Impact?(RECAP: Although we agree a common agenda is important, we suggest that collective impact leaders treat it as an aspiration rather than a destination. Focusing on the process of creating a common agenda allows for diverse perspectives to impact the initiative’s trajectory.)
Using opportunity mapping to improve affordable housing policy(RECAP: Interest in opportunity mapping has grown because of recent federal actions regarding fair housing. Opportunity mapping uses various data sources to show segregation patterns and to help see how these patterns affect individuals’ abilities to access amenities and services that help promote economic well being.)
The First-Time Homebuyer Education and Counseling Demonstration: Early Insights(RECAP: Congress and many researchers and practitioners in the field of housing counseling have asked whether pre-purchase homeownership counseling for higher risk borrowers leads to better borrower outcomes and reduced lender risk relative to no counseling. This Early Insights report demonstrates that HUD has successfully implemented the first large-scale national experiment of homebuyer education and counseling that promises to become a foundational source of evidence regarding the impacts of homebuyer education and counseling.)