Housing News Roundup: December 14, 2017
One City Finds That Partnerships Are the Best Method to Tackle Homelessness and Addiction
Everett, Washington, a working-class city, has found that partnerships between housing, health, law enforcement, and other entities are the most effective way to tackle the opioid epidemic and increasing homelessness. Next month, the city will break ground on a permanent supportive housing project to house chronically ill people without requiring that they deal with substance abuse. Everett is among the West Coast cities experiencing crippling housing and opioid-related problems.
Source: CBS News
How NYC Plans to Reduce Homelessness and Boost Affordable Housing
To curb its growing homeless population, New York City will prepare to convert cluster sites, or private apartments where the city has placed thousands of homeless families, into affordable housing units. “We’re fast-tracking the transition from shelter to higher-quality, permanently affordable housing for New Yorkers caught in the grips of our city’s affordability crisis,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Source: New York Times
New Denver Initiative Aims to Support Low-Income Homeownership
A new community land trust in Denver aims to acquire 700 homes over five years to lower costs for buyers who fall below income limits. The trust would own the land under each home and lease it to the home’s owner. Dave Younggren, who’s committed money to the trust, said it will “support low-income families in safely bridging the gap between rental housing and homeownership, allowing them to increase their savings and assets, improve their financial literacy, and ultimately become more economically self-sufficient.”
Source: Denver Post
Tennessee’s Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency Plans to Finance New Charter School
Tennessee’s Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) plans to help finance a $25 million charter school to attract mixed-income residents and break up concentrated poverty. The financing plan has received mixed responses, but MDHA officials are supportive, with executive director Jim Harbison saying, “The school is the centerpiece for education, which is the glue that holds a mixed-income community together.”
What Happens When Millennials Leave Cities They Once Flocked To?
In the past decade, millennials have moved into cities and helped revive downtowns. As millennials grow older and move away, cities wonder how to replace them or keep them from leaving. Some developers and urban planners are bringing back duplexes, triplexes, small apartment buildings, and other homes to appeal to the aging group and appeal to their desire to put down roots. “We’re starting to research where and how we can encourage more of the missing middle,” said Art Rodgers, senior housing planner for the District of Columbia’s Office of Planning.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette