December 29, 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.

NeighborWorks America invites qualified community development nonprofits to apply for a share of $26.5 million in grants to revitalize distressed communities hurt by the foreclosure crisis

(RECAP: The application period closes 8 p.m., ET on Jan. 9. Grantee awards are expected to be announced in April 2017. More information about this program and the informational webinar can be found at Project Reinvest: Neighborhoods.) http://www.realestaterama.com/2016/12/01/neighborworks-america-invites-qualified-community-development-nonprofits-to-apply-for-a-share-of-26-5-million-in-grants-to-revitalize-distressed-communities-hurt-by-the-foreclosure-crisis-ID038917.html


HUD Launches New Community Investment Tool

(RECAP: HUD today unveiled the Community Assessment Reporting Tool (CART) – an innovative reference and mapping tool created to help answer the question, “How is HUD investing in my community?” CART uses geospatial technology to show the wide variety of HUD investments by city, state, county, metropolitan area, or congressional district. It also provides an interactive mapping interface that allows users to explore HUD investments within their community and see property- and grant-level detail at a variety of geographies.)
http://www.realestaterama.com/2016/12/07/hud-launches-new-community-investment-tool-ID039079.html

Evolving U.S. Suburbs Continue to Shape Residential Demand and Development

(RECAP: U.S. suburban housing markets are well positioned to remain preferred places to live and work over the coming decades, even as many urban cores and downtown neighborhoods continue to attract new residents and businesses, says a new report from the ULI Terwilliger Center. The report classifies and compares suburbs in the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S.—shown in a searchable online map—and assesses the key issues that will shape suburban residential demand and development in the years ahead.)
http://urbanland.uli.org/industry-sectors/residential/enduring-appeal-suburbs/

Family Options Study: 3-Year Impacts of Housing and Services Interventions for Homeless Families

(RECAP: The goal of HUD’s Family Options Study was to understand which housing and services interventions work best for families with children experiencing homelessness, and to learn whether or not certain types of families benefit more or less from different interventions. Extensive cost data on each of the interventions studied was also collected, in order to calculate the fiscal costs of achieving the outcomes that were documented.)
https://www.huduser.gov/portal/pdredge/pdr-edge-research-110716.html

Rise of the glass giants: how modern cities are forcing skyscrapers to evolve

(RECAP: The future cannot be found in a small number of freakishly tall designs. Rather, it is in the vast number of efficient, versatile skyscrapers, which will be essential to cope with growing urban populations and keep cities running. These exceptional new towers include a variety of eco-friendly innovations, such as renewable energy generation, solar shading and double-skin facades with natural ventilation.)
https://theconversation.com/rise-of-the-glass-giants-how-modern-cities-are-forcing-skyscrapers-to-evolve-56843

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