Housing


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    Deep Dive

    Houston’s housing-first model is reducing homelessness. Here’s how it works and the obstacles it faces.

    Over 90% housed under Houston’s housing-first program have remained housed for over two years, city officials say. But further progress is challenged by a housing shortage and other factors.

    By Dec. 5, 2022
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    Smart cities in 2022 - what you need to know

    Rail expansion, emerging technologies such as digital twins and air taxis and new approaches to transit and housing have driven the news this year. Catch up with highlights from Smart Cities Dive.

    By Dec. 2, 2022
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    Housing tax credit bill gains bipartisan support in Congress

    The Neighborhood Homes Investment Act, which aims to produce 500,000 starter homes over the next decade, has garnered the support of 124 congressional lawmakers.

    By Nov. 30, 2022
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    9 startups to join AWS’ Sustainable Cities Accelerator for Infrastructure

    Each accelerator participant aims to address infrastructure-related sustainability challenges by offering products and services targeting power, utility, transportation and other systems.

    By Nov. 30, 2022
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    How Houston’s homeless strategy became a model for other US cities

    Over the course of a decade, Houston reduced its alarmingly high homeless population by 63%. Now, other major cities are reaching out for guidance.

    By Nov. 29, 2022
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    California unveils 7 guaranteed income pilot projects

    Aiming to support basic needs, the California Guaranteed Income Pilot Program will provide regular, unconditional cash payments to nearly 2,000 pregnant people and former foster youth.

    By Nov. 29, 2022
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    Big cities are not dead, real estate researcher says

    Renters are returning to urban areas, which could be a challenge for Sun Belt owners, according to a real estate researcher.

    By Robyn Griggs Lawrence • Nov. 22, 2022
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    Office-to-apartment conversions surge

    Adaptive reuse projects have risen 25% overall since the start of the pandemic, according to a RentCafe report. Washington, D.C., has seen the most apartment conversions over that period. 

    By Mary Salmonsen • Nov. 17, 2022
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    Public pressure at meetings affects rezoning application approval: study

    An Urban Institute study found that Louisville, Kentucky, approved fewer rezoning applications in wealthy neighborhoods, even though developers submit more applications there, which was related to the level of public opposition.

    By Nov. 17, 2022
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    NYC launches housing-first pilot

    Modeled after a Houston program, the initiative moves individuals experiencing homelessness into permanent housing with supportive services. The city also announced other rental assistance reforms.

    By Nov. 16, 2022
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    Elections 2022

    Voters say ‘yes’ to affordable housing

    Our updated results show where cities, counties and states across the U.S. passed ballot measures that collectively unlocked billions of dollars in new funding to create more affordable housing and provided protections for renters.

    By Nov. 16, 2022
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    The 10 most future-ready cities in North America: report

    Cities must invest more in digital and physical infrastructure to address today’s challenges but face several barriers, including a lack of public trust, a new report finds.

    By Nov. 15, 2022
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    Elections 2022

    Election results: How housing, transit, environmental issues fared on state and local ballots

    California’s millionaire tax for EV incentives was defeated, while several affordable housing and climate funding initiatives passed nationwide.

    Nov. 10, 2022
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    October sees third-largest rent cut since 2010

    Preliminary apartment demand numbers for the year look much weaker than expected, according to RealPage’s Jay Parsons.

    By Mary Salmonsen • Nov. 9, 2022
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    Miami-Dade County allows accessory dwelling units

    The county commission allowed some homeowners to turn garages, living quarters and backyard structures into rental units. It’s the latest in a nationwide push to address the affordable housing crisis via zoning revisions.

    By Nov. 8, 2022
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    Rent-to-income ratios push toward 40%, some apartment owners say

    Renters are squeezed more than ever, as the cost of living rises across the country.

    By Leslie Shaver • Nov. 7, 2022
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    Zoning change momentum continues following votes in Cambridge, MA, and Gainesville, FL

    Despite public pushback, Cambridge officials voted to eliminate parking requirements, and Gainesville voted to eliminate single-family zoning, making it easier for developers to build multifamily housing. 

    By Nov. 1, 2022
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    Elections 2022

    Housing, transit, environmental issues on state and local ballots

    Residents in 37 states will vote on 132 statewide ballot measures on Nov. 8, according to Ballotpedia. Read our coverage on measures addressing top smart city concerns.

    By Oct. 31, 2022
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    Can predictive analytics help prevent homelessness?

    Better modeling could help cities target interventions that allow individuals to keep their homes and limit the strain on public services.

    By Karen Kroll • Oct. 31, 2022
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    Social impact bonds for affordable housing gain popularity among cities

    Communities are turning to social impact bonds to fund affordable housing. Some recent city experiences suggest their predictability can attract investors.

    By Kalena Thomhave • Oct. 26, 2022
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    For equitable building electrification, philanthropy-backed fund puts communities in the driver’s seat

    Who designs the energy transition? As cities work to reduce building emissions and spur clean alternatives, the creators of the Equitable Building Electrification Fund believe that decision-making power needs to shift.

    By Oct. 26, 2022
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    Elections 2022

    Renter protections are up for a vote in several US cities

    As the affordable housing crisis worsens, voters in several cities and counties will cast ballots on rent control policies and whether to provide free legal services to tenants facing eviction.

    By Oct. 26, 2022
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    Affordable housing, zero waste efforts could benefit from San Antonio deconstruction policy

    One of the largest, fastest-growing U.S. cities is trying to use more of the materials it already has by requiring that some old buildings be deconstructed rather than demolished.

    By Oct. 25, 2022
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    Elections 2022

    Affordable housing spending is on the ballot in cities across the US

    Voters in cities and counties in California, Colorado, Florida, Montana, Texas and other states will consider spending measures this November that could provide new funding for affordable housing and related services.

    By Oct. 25, 2022
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    Boston missing out on millions for affordable housing due to stalled ‘mansion tax,’ report says

    Boston has repeatedly advanced a luxury real estate transfer tax to counteract its affordable housing crisis, a tactic other U.S. cities, including Los Angeles and Chicago, are also weighing. 

    By Oct. 24, 2022