December 7, 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.

The Art of Deal Negotiation

(RECAP: While negotiation is an important skill set for any professional, it’s critical for those in the affordable housing space when navigating transactions with developers, agencies and other organizations. On December 15, HAND will host a training titled “The Art of Deal Negotiation” featuring Charles Craver, Freda H. Aversion Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School. For a complete outline of topics to be discussed, click here.)

Feds Seek Input On Expanding Community-Based Services

(RECAP: In a notice published in the Federal Register this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, known as CMS, said it is seeking suggestions about reforms and policy changes that the agency could pursue in order to grow availability of community-based services. CMS is accepting public comments through Jan. 9.)

Old buildings are made for you and me

(RECAP: The Atlas of ReUrbanism examines a wide range of cities and aligns the historic preservation movement more closely with that of urbanism. It makes the case that historic buildings are critical to supporting human activity in cities. Areas with older and smaller buildings with a wide age range have more density, diversity, small businesses and entrepreneurial activity. The also have more affordable housing.)

Paycheck To Paycheck 2016

(RECAP: School workers provide essential services to their communities, yet many are unable to afford to live near where they work. The 2016 edition of “Paycheck to Paycheck” focuses on the affordability challenges faced by both teachers and non-instructional school workers by highlighting five of the 81 occupations in the Paycheck to Paycheck database: bus driver, child care teacher, groundskeeper, social worker and high school teacher.)

A data-driven way to build resilience in cities

(RECAP: Building “resilience” in cities is a hot topic among city leaders. Yet even to many who agree with that goal, the concept of urban resilience remains vague and the act of creating more of it hard to measure. The City Resilience Index is a tool that breaks “resilience” down into recognizable parts — and gives local leaders a way to assess where their city stands.)

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