October 20, 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.

Best Practices — Housing Trust Funds 

(RECAP: These easy-to-understand fact sheets, compiled by Housing Virginia, illustrate some of the best practices in Virginia’s affordable housing. The fact sheets are listed by name of the featured organization, and are also grouped into 5 major categories.)

A Champion For Kids

(RECAP: Under Thaler McCormick’s leadership, Norfolk’s ForKids has developed a host of public, private and nonprofit partnerships that have helped to make it one of the largest, most effective services providers for homeless families in the state.)

New Tax Credit Proposal Aims at Affordable Housing Shortage

(RECCAP: Sen. Wyden (D-OR) has released draft legislation of the proposed Middle-Income Housing Tax Credit (MIHTC) of 2016. Inspired by the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program, Wyden’s legislation would direct federal funds to state housing authorities that would, in turn, provide tax credits to developers for the creation or renovation of new affordable rental housing.)

Smart Communities Require Smart Planning

(RECAP: Planners have more types of data available to them than ever before. Learn how GIS software giant — and APA partner — Esri is helping communities unlock the power of that information by connecting people, data, and tools regionally and locally.)

5 Ways for Nonprofits to Tell an Ethical Story

(RECAP: Storytelling is inherently value neutral, and it can be victimizing or empowering depending on what the narrative says and how it is used. Here are five ways we can all be more empowering storytellers.)

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