October 28, 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.

Next Steps for the Rural Housing Network

(RECAP: Housing Virginia has wrapped up the rural housing provider discussion forums around the state, carried out in partnership with local Realtors® associations, and has begun work on a final report to be released at the Governor’s Housing Conference in November. The report tracks the changes in a range of data points to present the new picture of rural housing in Virginia. It also includes an analysis of the needs and gaps identified by housing providers in each region.)

Overcoming NIMBY

(RECAP: The tools for overcoming NIMBYism (Not In My Back Yard) include transparent communication, dispelling myths with facts and finding community supporters who understand the benefits that quality housing can bring to their neighborhood. This portal gathers all of Housing Virginia’s Overcoming NIMBYism programs and materials for easy access.)

Revitalization without Displacement

(RECAP: Communities large and small are looking for ways to create prosperity for everyone. Smart Growth America’s Revitalization without Displacement Technical Assistance is designed to assist your community, poised for redevelopment, by identifying where public policy or programs could help to mitigate negative effects of neighborhood revitalization in anticipation of incoming change.)

Think Outside the Public Meeting

(RECAP: If you wait for people to come to you, you will have a meeting composed primarily of the most informed, vocal and angry individuals in the community. Give everyone a chance to participate. Try reaching your target community with surveys, flyers and activities at hidden-in-plain-sight community gathering spots like high school football games and farmers’ markets.)

Four Takeaways from the White House Housing Development Toolkit

(RECAP: While Constitutional limits on the federal government’s role in local land use policy mean that this toolkit is mostly advisory in nature, it does send a powerful message that there is much that local and state governments can do to achieve more equitable housing development.)

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