January 18, 2017

Beyond Bricks and Sticks

A weekly digest of current trends in housing and community development. The discussion examines topics from infrastructure to community fabric.

Outlook for Meeting Housing Needs in the National Capital Area in 2017: Action Items for Local Jurisdictions

(RECAP: Despite the efforts of countless housing advocates, non-profits, and local governments, the housing affordability challenges in the DC region continue to grow. What can local jurisdictions do to stem the rising affordability challenges?)

6 Tips for Crafting a Successful Housing Campaign

(RECAP: Campaigns can be a great away to connect with the community, promote our organizations, strengthen current relationships or create new ones. Most importantly, campaigns can help us achieve goals that benefit those who need our services and the community at large.)

Faith-based Partners Can Be a Natural Fit

(RECAP: Collaborations with faith-based organizations and institutions can take many forms. For example, the Macedonia Baptist Church in Arlington. It has deep roots in Nauck, the oldest African-American neighborhood in the county, and actively funnels its resources into community development initiatives. It made sense, then, for it to partner with NeighborWorks member organization AHC, Inc.)

Growing Smart Legislative Guidebook

(RECAP: States and their local governments have practical tools to help combat urban sprawl, protect farmland, promote affordable housing and encourage redevelopment. They appear in the American Planning Association's Growing Smart Legislative Guidebook: Model Statutes for Planning and the Management of Change. The Guidebook and its accompanying User Manual are the culmination of APA's seven-year Growing Smart project, an effort to draft the next generation of model planning and zoning legislation for the U.S.)

Tiny Houses in 2016: More Tricked-out and Eco-friendly

(RECAP: Another year in our housing-crunched yet sustainability-minded world means another year of folks exploring downsized lifestyles in tiny homes. Used for everything from housing the homeless to short-term rentals to, yes, full-time residences, these designs show how sophisticated micro home design has become and challenge our imaginations of what tiny houses can be.)

How CRA Can Promote Integration in Gentrifying Neighborhoods

(RECAP: The challenge for policymakers and practitioners is to figure out if the positive impacts of gentrification can be realized while mitigating the negative consequences. A recent NCRC white paper focused on how the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) can be applied in a manner to promote neighborhood integration in communities experiencing gentrification.)

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