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Affordable Housing + Art = Stronger Communities

Source: Center for Community Change – Housing Trust Fund Project/Katy Heins

ArtPlace America released research in April 2016 called “Exploring the Ways Arts and Culture Intersects with Housing” that is worth a read for advocates and developers of affordable housing. ArtPlace commissioned the field scan as a first step to better understand the outcomes of creative placemaking work as it relates housing, particularly to affordable housing. ArtPlace, in partnership with the Kresge Foundation and Enterprise Community Partners, is using the field scan as a jumping off point for a working group digging further into the intersection of housing with arts and culture. For housing practitioners and advocates, this research will spur more thinking about how to intentionally engage arts and culture practitioners to help the development of sustainable and engaged communities. The field scan identifies innovative community-based practices at the intersection of arts and housing. More...


Put an End to Senior Homelessness

Source: US News/Mel Martinez, Allyson Schwartz

Among the most heartbreaking sights in our country today is that of older adults living on the streets. Sadly, the problem of senior homelessness is expected to worsen in the coming years, driven in part by the rapid growth in the number of seniors. Neither the United States government nor its citizens should be willing to accept that so many of its older citizens are forced to live without adequate shelter and appropriate care. To solve this problem, we need to make ending senior homelessness a national priority; engage the public and private sectors at all levels; understand that the causes of senior homelessness are often unique to their demographic; and commit to treating the problem with targeted responses.  More...


Franklin Park Estates Welcomes Eighteen New Homeowners

Source: Broward County Press Release

Eighteen happy families were officially welcomed to their new homes in Franklin Park Estates today. The three bedroom, two bath, two car garage homes were made possible through the efforts of Broward County, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Broward Housing Finance Authority. "This is a big step forward as we transform Central Broward County and the unincorporated area. Not only are we building housing, we're providing funding to assist small businesses in our community. Our goal is to build quality homes, provide job opportunities and training and work together to bring a better quality of life for those who live here," said Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness at a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the new development. More...


Why the Middle Class Can't Afford Rents

Source: CNN/Robert Hickey

A decent, safe and affordable home is something all Americans need to thrive. While the lowest-income households continue to lack access to affordable rental homes, increasingly, middle-income households are also shut out. A new analysis by Zillow finds that the typical renter can no longer afford the median rent in 90 cities across the United States. Many Americans are severely cost-burdened: 4 million working renter households pay more than half of pre-tax income on rent. Rents are consuming large shares of income. In Boston, for example, the median rent hit $2,458 in March, up 24% from three years ago. A household would need to earn at least $96,000 annually to afford this, based on the standard definition of affordability, in which one should pay no more than 30% of income for housing. Consider that in Boston an elementary school teacher makes approximately $58,000 per year and a registered nurse $73,000, and you get the picture that the middle class is getting squeezed. More...

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