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In Fair Housing Act Case, Supreme Court Backs 'Disparate Impact' Claims

Source: NPR/Bill Chappell

Civil rights groups won a victory Thursday, as the Supreme Court ruled that claims of racial discrimination in housing cases shouldn't be limited by questions of intent. The court affirmed a Court of Appeals decision in a case in which a nonprofit group, the Inclusive Communities Project, said that the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs had contributed to "segregated housing patterns by allocating too many tax credits to housing in predominantly black inner-city areas and too few in predominantly white suburban neighborhoods." The 5-4 ruling endorses the notion of citing disparate impact in housing cases, meaning that statistics and other evidence can be used to show decisions and practices have discriminatory effects — without proving that they're the result of discriminatory intentions.  More...


Report: State of the Nation's Housing

Source: Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University (JCHS)

The State of the Nation’s Housing 2015 was released by live webcast from the Ford Foundation in New York on Wednesday, June 24 at Noon (Eastern). The webcast featured a panel discussion and viewers were able to tweet questions using the hashtag #harvardhousingreport to the panelists. The State of the Nation’s Housing, released annually by [JCHS], provides a periodic assessment of the nation’s housing outlook and summarizes important trends in the economics and demographics of housing. The report continues to earn national recognition as an authoritative source of information regularly utilized by housing researchers, industry analysts, policy makers, and the business community. More...


Explosion in Senior Households by 2030 Demands Housing and Community Adaptations

Source: Urban Institute

[The Urban Institute's] recent analysis of housing trends underscores that we’re due for dramatic growth in senior households over the next few decades. In 1990, there were 20 million households aged 65 and up; by 2010, this number had grown to 25.8 million, and by 2030, we project that aging Baby Boomers will expand the number of senior households to 46 million. This dramatic growth will occur among both senior homeowners and renters. Our research suggests that from 2010 to 2030, senior homeowners will increase from 20 million to almost 34 million, and senior renters—who include both homeowners who will shift to renting and baby boomers who already rent—will increase from 5.8 million to 12.2 million. More...


Developers Can Be Required To Include Affordable Housing, California High Court Rules

Source: LA Times/Maura Dolan

Citing an affordable housing crisis of “epic proportions,” the California Supreme Court made it easier Monday for cities and counties to require developers to sell some housing at below-market rates. The unanimous decision, written by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, follows study after study documenting a lack of affordable housing in the state, especially in California’s coastal regions. “It will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with California‘s current housing market that the significant problems arising from a scarcity of affordable housing have not been solved over the past three decades,” the chief justice wrote. “Rather, these problems have become more severe and have reached what might be described as epic proportions in many of the state‘s localities.” More...


Innovative Bonds Help NYC Affordable Housing Developments

Source: Multi-Housing News

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Housing New York: A Five-Borough, 10-Year Housing Plan” is designed to create or preserve 200,000 affordable homes over 10 years and is projected to cost more than $41 billion. To help reach this goal, the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) expects to fund nearly a quarter of that amount (or $11 billion) with its inaugural Sustainable Neighborhood Bonds transaction under its Multi-Family Housing Revenue Bonds program. This is the first social bond for affordable housing in the United States. HDC has been the No. 1 issuer in the nation of mortgage revenue bonds for affordable multifamily housing in each of the last three years. More...


Prolonged Housing Crisis Diminishes Confidence in the American Dream, 2015 Housing Matters Survey Finds

Source: MacArthur Foundation

A significant majority of Americans believes the country is still not past the housing crisis that began seven years ago, according to a new survey of housing attitudes released today by MacArthur. Despite some improvement in their view of the housing situation nationally, the enduring sense of the housing market under pressure is reflected in the public feeling more worried and concerned than hopeful and confident about what the future holds for the country. Americans believe it is harder than it used to be to attain a secure middle-class lifestyle and significantly more likely for a family to fall from the middle class than to join it. More...


HUD Launches New Website for Housing Counselor Agencies

Source: HUD Press Release

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today unveiled a new website specifically designed for HUD-approved housing counseling agencies, offering free on-line training covering a broad range of topics including responsibilities of homeownership and tenancy; avoiding foreclosure and eviction; financial management; and fair housing. The training is designed to help prepare housing counselors for the upcoming, mandatory HUD-certified counselor examination. More...


Report: Addressing the Affordable Housing Crisis for Vulnerable Renters/Insights From Broward County on an Affordable Housing Acquisition Tool

Source: Taylor & Francis Group/Routledge

South Florida is experiencing an affordable rental crisis that is especially burdensome on those most vulnerable in society, low-income households. Rapid urbanization has resulted in inequitable land-use patterns that are a barrier to housing for the poor. As a solution to the crisis, local housing agencies seek to expand their affordable housing stock for vulnerable renters in opportunity-rich neighborhoods, but there is no standard framework for identifying properties for acquisition. Broward County serves as a case study to develop a housing acquisition tool. Using a combination of spatial statistics and principal components analysis, neighborhoods in which housing agencies may consider acquiring property are identified through the creation of an affordability surface in ArcGIS. Affordability is overlain by an opportunity surface derived from neighborhood quality and accessibility rankings. The results identify neighborhoods in Broward County that are both affordable and opportunity-rich, to better serve the county's most vulnerable renters. More...


BHC Summer Newsletter, Now Available

The 2015 summer edition of the Broward Housing Council’s Quarterly Newsletter is packed with valuable information for affordable housing stakeholders and the community at large. You can read the newsletter on our website, but be sure to subscribe so you can receive future editions right to your inbox.



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