Seattle puts affordable housing, anti-displacement legislation on the docket

By Katie Pyzyk in Smart Cities Dive, May 17, 2019 Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan sent affordable housing legislation, the Community Preference policy, to the city council for consideration. It addresses housing for low-income residents and those displaced due to new housing developments or neighborhood revitalization. This advances her February executive order to create more affordable housing, especially in areas at high risk of residential displacement and …

New Project Aims to Finance Backyard Homes for Section 8 Tenants in Los Angeles

Traditional affordable housing can cost more than $400,000 per unit and take years to construct, Leung and Timme say. By comparison, ADUs are a bargain. Financing units that can serve tenants in the greatest need is their way of chipping away at the housing crisis.  New Project Aims to Finance Backyard Homes for Section 8 Tenants in Los Angeles By JARED …

Affordable/Public Housing Digital Inclusion Blueprint

Thu, May 2, 2019 | Posted by Lisa Gonzalez Report: San Francisco’s Public Housing Low-Cost Gig and How They Did It With Monkeybrains Local communities continue to search for ways to tackle the digital divide and in San Francisco, the city is making strides by working with a local Internet access company. The City by the Bay and ISP Monkeybrains have adopted a …

Resident-Owned Community

 Jarrid Green, Researching equity and community control in the next system. more August 17, 2018 DEMOCRATIC OWNERSHIPCOMMUNITY & PLACE Resident-owned communities (ROCs) are manufactured housing neighborhoods (sometimes referred to as mobile home or trailer parks) in which the land is community-owned and managed. An estimated 18 million people who earn less than $28,000 a year (less than half the national household median …

The shield and the sword: Two tools to address the housing crisis

Shareable, Saki Bailey|April 9, 2019 My daughter’s fifth grade teacher had a salary so disconnected from the reality of the San Francisco Bay Area housing market that it could barely cover her rent, much less provide her with the savings to one day live the dream of having a family and owning her own home. So in a pattern repeated …

The Empty Promise of Suicide Prevention: Antidepressants can’t supply employment or affordable housing, repair relationships with family members or bring on sobriety

In addition to direct impacts on health, depression also takes a huge indirect toll. It makes other diseases much worse. People who are depressed are more likely to get other illnesses, and less likely to be treated successfully. Depressed patients are less likely to take their medicine and are less able to support their families or take care of others, potentially leading to failure …

Columbus, OH regional housing strategy to spend $5.6 million to increase housing capacity, affordability. Denver and Salt Lake strategies as well.

Katie Pyzyk, Smart Cities Dive, April 17, 2019 The Columbus, OH City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to spend up to $5.6 million in Capital Improvement Budget bond money on grants to increase the housing supply. The legislation was approved as an emergency measure so the program could begin as quickly as possible. The Affordable Housing Trust of Columbus and Franklin County, OH, as the …

America’s shifting political landscape and economic thinking, with growing inequality and concentration of poverty

America’s political landscape and economic thinking are shifting. The 2016 election—and the rise of powerful movements over the past decade—has shown us that Americans are calling for change. They want a diagnosis of our economy to help make sense of what’s gone wrong and to suggest ways to make things better. The challenges we face may seem disparate, but they …

From Gentrification to Decline: How Neighborhoods Really Change. The dominant trend, especially in suburbs, is the concentration of low income people

Gentrification may not the dominant type of urban change. Instead, it’s the concentration of poverty—particularly in the suburbs—that’s the type of transformation most Americans have been experiencing.The most common type of change in the U.S. over the last two decades has been poverty concentration—and it affects low-income Americans, in particular. As of 2016, there is “no metropolitan region in the …

Everything you need to know about LA’s new transit-oriented development affordable housing incentives

By Lauren Herstik | November 10, 2017 12:00PM (Photo illustration. Credit: Los Angeles Metro) A new city planning initiative aims to add affordable housing development near mass transit, but some real estate insiders question whether it does enough to entice market-rate builders. The Los Angeles Department of City Planning released the official Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) Affordable Housing Incentive Program Guidelines on Sept. …