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Community Land Trusts and Stable Affordable Housing
Community Land Trusts and Stable Affordable Housing

The use of community land trusts (CLTs) is an increasingly common strategy to ensure the availability of permanently affordable housing for residents who might otherwise be priced out of their neighborhoods.



The St. James Plaza Affordable Apartments Provide a Lasting Legacy for a Faith Community in Alexandria, Virginia
The St. James Plaza Affordable Apartments Provide a Lasting Legacy for a Faith Community in Alexandria, Virginia

By 2013, the congregation of the St. James United Methodist Church had resolved to relocate from their large property in the Beauregard neighborhood of western Alexandria, Virginia, to a smaller site in the city’s downtown.


Unique Partnerships Create a Community of Prefabricated Homes in Missoula, Montana
Unique Partnerships Create a Community of Prefabricated Homes in Missoula, Montana

In 2016, at the height of the production boom at the Bakken Oil Fields in Montana, a hedge fund purchased numerous fully furnished prefabricated homes as an investment, intending to lease them to oil workers.



Using Housing Affordability as a Key to Preserving Diversity Along the North Branch of the Chicago River
Using Housing Affordability as a Key to Preserving Diversity Along the North Branch of the Chicago River

Albany Park, Irving Park, and North Park are three neighborhoods located along the banks of the north branch of the Chicago River, about 7 miles northwest of downtown Chicago.



Anchor Institutions’ Work Continues to Evolve
Anchor Institutions’ Work Continues to Evolve

Although the term “anchor institutions” came into wide use around 2000, universities and hospitals have long provided public benefits while focusing on their primary businesses of postsecondary education and health care.



Building a Community Out of Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans in Sonoma County, California
Building a Community Out of Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans in Sonoma County, California

An hour north of San Francisco, Sonoma County is pursuing novel ways of addressing homelessness. One such effort is Veterans Village, a project that is currently in a 2-year pilot phase in the city of Santa Rosa.



A True Home Library: Combining Housing With a Public Library on Chicago’s North Side
A True Home Library: Combining Housing With a Public Library on Chicago’s North Side

In 2016, the city of Chicago saw an opportunity to not only revitalize the city’s older libraries but also create mixed-use, vibrant public buildings by colocating them with housing.



The Benefits of Multi-City Housing Collaboratives
The Benefits of Multi-City Housing Collaboratives

Housing markets are regional in nature and do not respect the administrative boundaries of cities and municipalities.



Historic Rehabilitation Adds Affordable Housing in Downtown Boston
Historic Rehabilitation Adds Affordable Housing in Downtown Boston

During the past decade, Boston’s downtown core has seen developers focus primarily on luxury housing, but twenty percent of permitted projects in the city are income restricted, helping to maintain some affordable options.



Affordable Housing for Seniors in Woodbridge, New Jersey, Helps Honor Town’s Veterans
Affordable Housing for Seniors in Woodbridge, New Jersey, Helps Honor Town’s Veterans

Located in the Hopelawn neighborhood in northern New Jersey’s Woodbridge Township, Dalina Manor is one of a number of recently developed affordable housing projects designed for local seniors.



Creating Walkable and Bikeable Communities
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More and more Americans nationwide prefer to live in areas that are well served by a variety of transportation options, allowing them to meet their daily travel needs using personal automobiles, public transit, bicycling, or walking. Communities where residents can walk and bicycle, in particular, are increasingly in demand.
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Improving the Lives of Children in Public Housing
Improving the Lives of Children in Public Housing

On January 18, 2017, the Urban Institute presented findings of a community assessment of needs and opportunities for children in public housing in Washington, DC. Commissioned by the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) and conducted in partnership with Howard University and the University of the District of Columbia, the survey identifies the need for supportive services and potentially provides benchmarks against which DCHA can measure progress, said DCHA executive director Adrianne Todman.
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Highlighting Best Practices Through the HUD Secretary's Awards
Highlighting Best Practices Through the HUD Secretary's Awards

Recognizing and sharing best practices in the field is one of the ways in which HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) fulfills its mission to inform policy development and implementation and improve life in American communities.
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