August 17, 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.

Tiny housing in Charlottesville — is it possible?

(RECAP: Brian Haluska, neighborhood planner for the city, said city code does not explicitly prohibit tiny houses and that they are permissible if the structures meet zoning and building regulations. Although Haluska said he does not know of many tiny homes in the area, it does fit into a larger conversation about providing housing at different prices.)

Housing Credit Improves Lives, Boosts Economy and Saves Government Money

(RECAP: In addition to providing much-needed affordable rental homes and giving the economy a boost, recent research suggests yet another positive benefit of LIHTC development is government savings. As the LIHTC is the primary capital resource for creating all types of affordable rental housing–from permanent supportive housing to family housing–these savings would help offset the cost of expanding LIHTC.)

4 BIG Ideas for SMALL Downtown Revitalization

(RECAP: Does your community have a historic downtown that seems to be neglected? Despite the local history, interesting architecture, and walkable streets, many businesses locate elsewhere. On the surface, it can sometimes feel like a hopeless situation. But many small communities are discovering what works in big cities can work in their little towns, too.)

New Resources for Local Food Systems Planning

(RECAP: Food systems planning is becoming an ever-more important topic in our communities. There are a number of approaches and tools available to help communities tackle food systems planning issues. One new resource targeted at planners and local governments in particular is the Planning and Policy Briefs series from the Growing Food Connectionsproject.)

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

(RECAP: Case studies profile four providers with differing approaches to housing and service delivery, and how they face common challenges in staffing, meeting regulatory requirement, and serving a population with diverse needs.) _ga=1.200466350.1419865461.1468931471

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