Allowing more units on a lot and removing parking minimums helps affordable housing

Minneapolis’ comprehensive plan outlines loosening zoning restrictions in predominantly single-family housing neighborhoods, allowing up to three units on every lot, to set the stage for a more responsive housing supply, better able to meet the needs of current and future citizens. Grand Rapids scrapped single-family zoning years ago. And even beyond the Midwest, in Oregon, state legislators are drafting proposals …

Bay Area Attempts an Affordable Housing Fix

https://www.curbed.com/2019/1/24/18196316/microsoft-inequality-corporations-afforable-housing-big-tech Announced earlier today at the at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club, the coalition—which will focus on San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda and Contra Costa counties—is the latest announcement to channel private investments into affordable housing. Last week, Microsoft announced a $500 million investment in the Seattle area, creating a $475 million trust fund to support the creation of middle-income housing and a $25 …

How Public Policy Encouraged Suburban Sprawl and Cultural Isolation

How Public Policy Encouraged Suburban Sprawl and Cultural Isolation. by Cromwell Architects Engineers, Arkansas Money and Politics Over the last 70 years, segregated housing patterns and automobile-driven decision making have created suburban monstrosities that have left damaging and long-lasting issues with our cities and public transportation. After World War II, radical changes in the policies of urban development, driven largely by America’s …

Tiny houses and sustainability as an afterthought: “it seemingly takes more than changing the size of a home to change the mentality of the people who live inside.”

Tiny houses are everywhere. They’ve received heavy coverage in the media and there are millions of followers on dozens of pages on social media but.… Megan Carras, University of St Andrews Tiny houses are everywhere. They’ve received heavy coverage in the media and there are millions of followers on dozens of pages on social media. While there is no census for these homes, they have seen a surge in …

The Deep, Uniquely American Roots of Our Affordable-Housing Crisis: Nearly half of all renters can’t afford rent, and over half a million Americans are homeless on any given night. How did we get here? 

Meet the Rising New Housing Movement That Wants to Create Homes for All:  From rent regulation to social housing, activists are pushing for serious solutions to the affordable-housing crisis. By Jimmy Tobias, MAY 24, 2018, also see JUNE 18-25, 2018, ISSUE  Crossing the Frederick Douglass–Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge on a brisk spring morning in Rochester, New York, the first thing one sees is …

What Educators Don’t See: The Relationship Between Complex Trauma and School Interruption

By Tricia Stephens, ilberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, What Educators Don’t See: The Relationship Between Complex Trauma and School Interruption Mothers of color affected[1] by the Child Welfare System (CWS) experience high rates of exposure to events where their lives or physical/psychological integrity are challenged (Blakey & Hatcher, 2013; Chemtob, Griffing, Tullberg, Roberts & Ellis, 2011). Like many women, exposure …

Split the benefits: Incentives In The World Of Energy: What Power Use In Rental Properties Can Teach Us About The Larger Politics Of Renewable Energy & Climate Change

November 20th, 2018 by By Matt Chester, Chester Energy and Policy on Clean Technica While recently traveling, I was cozy and tucked in bed under full sheets and comforter with the thermostat set to 65 degrees when a pang of guilt about this unnecessary energy usage hit me. I grumpily got out of bed to adjust the temperature when it hit me. As …

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 …