Poorer households should get free heat pumps, say experts: Help is needed to replace gas boilers with low-carbon alternatives, warn builders, energy firms and charities

Fiona Harvey Guardian UK, Wed 16 Jun 2021 Households on low incomes should be supplied with free heat pumps in order to kickstart the market for low-carbon heating equipment and meet the UK’s climate targets, experts have told the government. Heat pumps can currently cost thousands of pounds to install, but the more that are installed, the faster that cost is likely …

10-story apartment building, decent design and massing, $3 million before shipping and on-site placement, assembled in 1 day

Broad Sustainable Building is at it again with its new 5D folding modular system. in Treehugger, by Lloyd Alter, June 15, 2021, Fact checked by Haley Mast Broad Sustainable Building has been developing factory-built structures since 2009, usually with headlines noting a hotel was built in a week or an office tower in a month. However, this is the first time we have …

Philadelphia’s eviction diversion program is a ‘lifeline’ for tenants

The “nation’s largest poor city” has adopted one of the most aggressive eviction diversion efforts in the U.S., in an effort one city council member said she hopes will remain post-pandemic. June 16, 2021, by Amanda Loudin https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/philadelphias-eviction-diversion-program-is-a-lifeline-for-tenants/601645/ At the height of the pandemic last fall, Philadelphia resident Eboni Ann Jones fell on hard times. Jones, a single mother who works …

The most important factor in the housing crisis is low supply, especially in the categories needed. Zoning is a key contributor to that problem. Sweden built social housing.

The most important factor is low supply. Michael Neal, senior research associate at the Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center, told Vox in a December interview that low supply is “probably the biggest contributor” to the rapid rise in prices. Having a bunch of first-time homebuyers enter the market wouldn’t be that big of a deal if the market could accommodate them. …

Why Stockholm’s 1930s Housing Projects Are Now in High Demand. Targeted social housing for vulnerable groups is now back on the agenda in Sweden

Anyone in Sweden is theoretically entitled to permanent tenancy of a rent-controlled apartment. In recent decades, however, lack of supply in areas of greatest demand has created very long waiting lists. Facing a housing crunch almost a century ago, Sweden’s capital built ‘Barnrikehus’ for low-income families. Today the rent-controlled apartments are some of the city’s more sought-after properties. By Feargus O’Sullivan, Bloomberg, …

Colorado’s Affordable Housing Emergency

May 25, 2021, Colorado’s Affordable Housing Emergency https://coloradosun.com/2021/05/25/colorado-affordable-housing-crisis-frisco-crested-butte/ “This is a bigger problem than just affordability. We do have enough homes to put people in,” Snow said. “We wanted a diverse economy with these wealthier, work-from-anywhere residents. Well now we have one. And now we can’t support it.” The lack of attainable housing has reached crisis levels in Colorado’s high …

RTD freed from farebox requirement

CO: Gov. Polis signs law giving RTD flexibility to reduce bus and train fares, charge for parking in lots https://www.masstransitmag.com/management/news/21224129/co-gov-polis-signs-law-giving-rtd-flexibility-to-reduce-bus-and-train-fares-charge-for-parking-in-lots It will be up to metro Denver’s transit system to make those decisions, but House Bill 1186 removes several restrictions in state law that had limited RTD’s options. Jon Murray, The Denver Post (TNS) May 25th, 2021 The Regional Transportation …

Access and 20 minute neighborhoods

Ann Arbor, Mich., has set a goal of having 100 percent of residents live in 20-minute neighborhoods by 2030. For now, the 12 percent of residents who don’t have access to a car are at a big disadvantage — 109,000 jobs can be reached within a 20-minute drive, but only 30,000 jobs are within a 20-minute walk or transit ride. …

Increasing support for affordable housing: proposals range from $40 billion to $172 billion over 10 years

NYTimes, April 2021 excerpt https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/19/us/politics/progressives-infrastructure-legislation.html When Mr. Biden outlined his proposal last month, he called for more than $40 billion to improve public housing infrastructure. At an event in New York on Sunday, a group of lawmakers from the state, including Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, pushed for at least double that figure. “Public housing has been neglected, left to get …