Tag Archives: Housing

Urban Blight and Public Health: Addressing the Impact of Substandard Housing, Abandoned Buildings, and Vacant Lots

​We spend more than two-thirds of our time where we live; thus, housing and neighborhood conditions affect our well-being. The health impacts from blighted properties are often not immediately visible or felt. This report synthesizes recent studies on the complexities of how blight affects the health of individuals and neighborhoods while offering a blend of policy and program recommendations to help guide communities in taking a more holistic and coordinated approach, such as expanding the use of health impact assessments,... Read more

Home in America: Immigrants and Housing Demand

​Over the past two decades, immigrants account­ed for about 28 percent of all household growth in the United States and have been a critical factor in the housing market’s recent recovery. Immigration policy is poised potentially to have a big impact on the continued improvement and overall health of the U.S. housing market. A new study by the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing builds off prior research on immigrants and housing to examine the housing and residential location choices of... Read more

HUD Webcast: Using the Historic Tax Credit for Affordable Housing

This webinar from HUD’s Office of Environment and Energy will introduce affordable housing developers, property owners, preservation advocates and others to the federal 20% Historic Tax Credit (HTC). It will provide clarity on program requirements, dispel myths about the program, share successful case studies, and answer questions live from HUD Headquarters. Find out what’s covered by the credit, what properties are eligible, how to combine the HTC with other incentives, common pitfalls to avoid, and where to look for additional... Read more

Understanding the Small and Medium Multifamily Housing Stock

​Researchers at Enterprise Community Foundation and the University of Southern California found that small and medium multifamily housing provides 54 percent of the U.S.’s rental housing stock and is home to a majority of low-income households. Located in all types of communities, these properties include more than one in three homes in central cities and more than in one in five suburban homes. This report concludes that policymakers should support the development of financial tools to preserve this type of... Read more

Housing Market Revival is Key to Detroit’s Economic Recovery

A healthy housing market builds current residents’ wealth, attracts new residents, stabilizes neighborhoods, and generates revenue for local government. Although Detroit’s housing market has been plagued by weak demand, an oversupply of aging and dilapidated housing stock, and a lack of sufficient income and access to capital for potential homebuyers, emerging trends and innovative practices are moving the city toward greater economic recovery. Read more... Read more

Creating Diverse Housing Opportunities in Lansing

Smart growth is about recognizing and understanding the various facets of a vibrant community and how to achieve and maintain a balance among them. The Greater Lansing Association of Realtors along with other community leaders are working to assure ample homeownership opportunities in communities with efficient transportation, good schools, and open space exist in mid-Michigan. Read more... Read more

Baltimore Hopes to Create Model for Safe DIY Artist Spaces

Baltimore’s Bell Foundry, a two-story theater, art venue and live-work space, was shuttered the week after the fire in Oakland claimed the lives of 36 people. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh soon after created a task force to create a network of safe and affordable spaces for Baltimore’s artists. The task force has moved forward quickly, creating three working groups to identify artists’ space needs, study code and regulatory issues, and come up with creative financing options for new development. Read... Read more
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