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Working Paper:  “Achieving Lasting Affordability through Inclusionary Housing”
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
August 27, 2014

Inclusionary housing programs serve to provide long-term affordable housing through local land use policies that affect the creation of homes for low- and moderate- income households.  Twenty inclusionary housing programs were reviewed in areas such as affordability periods, legal components, and resale formulas.  Each of programs was assessed for the longevity of their affordability and the cumulative data also serves as a national inclusionary housing program directory.   More… 

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Kings Beach, California: Affordable Green Housing for Service Industry Workers
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development/Case Studies
August 20, 2014

Kings Beach Housing Now provides 77 energy-efficient apartments for low-income recreation and hospitality industry workers in a popular vacation area. The development, consisting of nine buildings on five sites totaling 3.5 acres, replaces dilapidated housing while adhering to stringent requirements for water quality, scenic views, and tree cover in the Lake Tahoe region. The balancing of objectives earned Kings Beach Housing Now a 2011 Best in the Basin Award from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA). Because of its reliance on community input to provide that balance, the development also won the 2014 American Institute of Architects/HUD Secretary’s Award for Community-Informed Design.  More... 

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Housing Scorecard Published for July 2014
U.S. Housing and Urban Development Press Release
August 19, 2014

The Obama Administration’s U.S. housing market findings for July 2014 were released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  Findings include:  existing home purchases rose 2.6 percent since May, foreclosures decreased 4 percent, home values appreciated by 0.4 percent, new home sales fell 8.1 percent.   Along with national housing data, the July scorecard includes a highlight on Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metropolitan Statistical Area (Philadelphia MSA).   More…

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HUD Encourages Chronic Homeless Priorities for Permanent Supportive Housing
National Low Income Housing Coalition
August 13, 2014
HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) issued Notice CPD-14-12 on July 28, “strongly encouraging” Continuums of Care (CoCs) to establish priorities for serving various categories of chronically homeless people in CoC Program-funded permanent supportive housing (PSH). The stated goal of the Notice is to ensure that homeless individuals and families with the most severe service needs receive priority. The Notice establishes an order of priority that HUD strongly encourages CoCs to adopt and incorporate into their written standards and coordinated assessment systems. If CoCs adopt the suggested priorities, then they can require recipients of CoC Program-funded PSH to follow the order of priority.  More... 

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