Denver neighborhoods consider communally owned land to keep homes affordable

Denverite – Nov 2018 – In Globeville, Elyria-Swansea and Montbello, neighbors are discussing community land trusts as an answer to displacement. Members of the GES Coalition Organizing for Health and Housing Justice Angelina Torres (left to right), Nola Miguel, Mercedes Gonzalez and her granddaughter Rachel, Robin Reichhardt and Maria De Luna Jimenez pose for a photo in front of a …

NYC to offer financing for co-living developments

Katie Pyzyk, Smart Cities Dive, Nov. 5, 2018 New York City has launched the ShareNYC initiative, a pilot program to help finance the creation of affordable shared housing developments. The shared housing concept, also called co-living, involves at least two people leasing small, individual sleeping quarters and sharing common living spaces such as a kitchens and bathrooms with other renters. The …

City platform example from Vancover

“We’ll never get what we need, unless we ask for it.” — Jean Swanson https://www.votecope2018.ca/platform_summary Tax the Mega Rich to Help the Rest of Us “Mansion Tax”: add an extra tax on properties worth over $5 million to generate about $1 billion over four years to end homelessness, fund public housing, and start restoring indigenous land “Big business” tax: lower commercial …

Oakland Land Trust Finds More Ways to Preserve Affordable Housing

By ALINE REYNOLDS | SEPTEMBER 10, 2018 Oakland Community Land Trust purchased this property at 812 East 24th Street to preserve the affordability of several artists’ live-work spaces. (Credit: Oakland Community Land Trust) In 2014, as she approached four decades of being a landlord, then 70-year-old east Oakland resident Dixi Carrillo decided to sell her rental property next to her home. Carrillo, a retired landscape …

What Millions of Retiring Small Business Owners Could Mean for Cities: Conversions to co-ops at scale builds the most wealth for cities and citizens

BY OSCAR PERRY ABELLO | SEPTEMBER 11, 2018 on NextCity Roughly 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day in the United States. They don’t all own small businesses, but their aging presents an opportunity for more workers to get the chance to own businesses and even build some wealth. Worker Cooperatives Can Be Wealth Builders Here’s Your Who’s Who of Worker-Owned Businesses …

Housing and transportation upsets on the way

By EMILY BADGER, City Lab, MAR 5, 2013 What will happen to empty-nesters when no one wants their nests? Demographers often describe the baby boom generation as if it were an indigestible mammal – maybe a pig, or a rabbit, or a really big rat– slowly moving through the python that is America’s population. As this generation has aged, the baby boom bulge has remade society in …

Energy-Efficient Heat Pump for Colder Regions Keeps Residents Cozy with Lower Utility Bills

MAY 4, 2016, Home » EERE Success Story—Energy-Efficient Heat Pump for Colder Regions Keeps Residents Cozy with Lower Utility Bills See 2017 slides at https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2017/04/f34/2_32219_Shen_031417-0900.pdf Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory. National Lab-Industry Partnership Develops New Technology, Surpasses DOE Efficiency and Cost Goals Home heating is the largest energy expense for most U.S. homeowners and accounts for nearly 30% …

How a Public Bank Could Relieve Seattle’s Housing Crisis

Paul Alexander on Medium 2018 Seattle housing activists pack City Hall in 2017. (source: seattlepi.com) Like hundreds of cities in America, Seattle is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis. During a one-year period in 2015–16, Seattle rents increased by 9.7 percent — four times the national average. In 2017, the cost of an average two-bedroom topped $2,000. The results have been predictable: nearly half …

A Plan to Solve the Housing Crisis Through Social Housing

Peter Gowan and Ryan Cooper on People’s Policy Project, April 5, 2018.  See the bottom of this post to sign up for and support the People’s Policy Project! Download Paper Many American cities face a severe shortage of affordable housing — and not just for the poor, but well up into the upper-middle class. A recent report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies …

The Consumer Connection: A Consumer-Centric Approach to Delivering Home Energy Services

August 22, 2018  |  By Laurie Guevara-Stone, RMI Two-thirds of US homeowners consider home energy performance a top priority, but few actually take action to improve home energy use. And those who have implemented efficiency improvements seldom invest in whole-home energy upgrades. In sum, a large gap exists between intentions and actual investments, signifying a market failure to address customer needs. Rocky …