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Learning From the Pandemic Response: Converting Hotels to Shelter or Housing

During its virtual conference in March 2021, the National Alliance to End Homelessness hosted a panel discussion on the advantages and drawbacks of using hotels as shelters or housing during the pandemic. The panelists examined the success of programs such as California’s Project Roomkey, which provides temporary hotel-based shelter to people experiencing homelessness who are at risk of contracting COVID-19, and discussed hotel conversions to increase permanent affordable housing stock.

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In Practice:
Bringing New Affordable Housing to the Historic Town Center of Surprise, Arizona
Heritage at Surprise is a new 6-building, 100-unit public housing development that opened in the city of Surprise, Arizona, in April 2020. The Heritage largely replaces the Housing Authority of Maricopa County’s scattered-site housing units, 70 of which were sold to first-time homebuyers and previous residents. Proceeds from the sales along with Rental Assistance Demonstration program funds financed the construction. The Heritage offers units with one to four bedrooms.

Spotlight on PD&R Research:
New Developments Will Provide More Jobs as the Detroit HMA Economy Rebounds from the Pandemic
The most recent article in a series focusing on HUD's Comprehensive Housing Market Analyses examines the Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia Housing Market Area (Detroit HMA) in Michigan. This HMA includes all of Wayne County and the largest city in Michigan. Unemployment rose in the HMA during the pandemic, but job growth is expected over the next three years. The home sales market is slightly tight, and the rental market is balanced.

Los Angeles ADU Standard Plan Program Captures a New Demographic To Increase the Affordable Housing Supply
To make efficient use of existing developed land, zoning regulations in Los Angeles permit the construction of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on properties that already have a residence. In 2021, the city’s Department of Building and Safety launched the Standard Plan Program to increase the use of ADUs. The program endeavors to simplify the process of producing an ADU design, obtaining a building permit, making payments to the city, and receiving other necessary permissions and approvals.

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