September 16, 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.

Apartments Offer Inclusive Option For Adults On The Spectrum

(RECAP: Adults with autism soon will be able to move into new apartments where they can live independently, and where half of their neighbors will be people who do not have autism. “Inclusiveness is what makes this different,” said Elliot Frank, president and founder of Autism Housing Development Corp. of Pittsburgh. In the entire country, Frank said, he has found only one other apartment project like this one — in Richmond, Va.)

How much is walkability worth in your neighborhood?

(RECAP: It’s no surprise that homes in more walkable areas tend to be more expensive, but a new study from Redfin now puts numbers to the value of pedestrian-friendly urban real estate: An increase of one Walk Score point bumps a home’s price by an average of $3,250 or 0.9 percent.)

5 Ways to Optimize a Market Study

(RECAP: Industry leaders offer advice for obtaining a strong market study for your next affordable housing deal. Their tips include: seek a “hurt me” analysis, have a scope of work in mind, define the market area, understand the supply analysis and be prepared for changes.)

Housing Groups Should Expand to Repair Work to Help Seniors Age in Place

(RECAP: Habitat for Humanity International is partnering with AARP Foundation to build a holistic program to help seniors in a number of communities with critical repairs and home modifications, as well as other services. “When older adults are able to [remain at home], the advantages multiply. Quality of life improves . . . both individuals and governments realize cost savings when institutional care is avoided,” said Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president of the AARP Foundation.)

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