September 22, 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.

Housing Quick Facts 

(RECAP: This fact sheet — part of Housing Virginia’s SOURCEBOOK — provides several affordability measures that indicate the degree of need for affordable housing in the state as a whole, as well as specific cities, counties and Metropolitan Statistical Areas.)

Using Loans: A 101 Guide To Borrowing For Nonprofit Organizations

(RECAP: Like businesses, nonprofit organizations sometimes need cash in the form of a loan to operate their programs effectively. Astute managers and boards understand that loans can be a tool that can help their nonprofit grow and succeed.)

How Cities Are Preserving Affordable Housing

(RECAP: Building more units will help, but preserving existing affordable housing is critical too: It’s generally cheaper than new construction, prevents displacement, takes advantage of existing land use patterns and allows people to remain where they already live. But preservation also presents challenges of its own, often necessitating the blending of multiple federal, state and local funding sources and greater collaboration between developers, policymakers and other stakeholders.)

Looking to Add More Trees? Mind the 'Sidewalk Gray Zone'

(RECAP: A case study provided by the MillionTreesNYC program offers insight into complicated territorial boundaries that can challenge urban greening projects.)

Tools for Fair Housing Planning under the AFFH Rule

(RECAP: Tools, guidance, training, data and mapping, and other resources related to the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule for use by local governments that receive CDBG, HOME, ESG or HOPWA formula funding from HUD.)

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