Housing


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    Austin, other US cities look to combat legacies of housing discrimination

    Systemic discrimination cost Black homeowners in Austin, Texas, over $290 million, according to a recent report. Leaders of that city and others are pledging to address structural inequities.

    By Gaby Galvin • Sept. 26, 2022
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    Southern states saw active apartment construction in urban areas

    Downtown Atlanta has delivered over 21,500 new units over the last 10 years, according to StorageCafe.

    By Mary Salmonsen • Sept. 26, 2022
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    Austin launches homeless encampment management team, tool

    The digital tool will track encampment needs and trends to prioritize people with the highest health and safety risks.

    By Sept. 26, 2022
  • With the Empire State Building behind it, the Alfred E. Smith Houses, a public housing development built and maintained by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), stand in in the Lower East Side
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    NYC to give free high-speed internet to public housing residents

    The Big Apple Connect program will provide free internet and cable services to more than 300,000 people who live in New York City Housing Authority developments by the end of 2023.

    By Sept. 23, 2022
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    NIMBYism has declined over the course of the pandemic

    Sixty-two percent of visitors to coUrbanize websites named themselves as pro-development, compared with 49% in 2020.

    By Mary Salmonsen • Sept. 22, 2022
  • Homeless young man sitting on sidewalk and begging alone. He is wearing protective face mask.
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    To curb homelessness, Denver commits $2M for basic income pilot

    Households will receive up to $12,000 in direct cash payments over the course of the year. The Denver Basic Income Project is among a flurry of cash assistance programs being piloted or supported by U.S. cities.

    By Kalena Thomhave • Sept. 21, 2022
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    The top US cities for live-work-play development

    Mixed-use multifamily completions per year have quadrupled since 2010. Here are the cities where this trend is hot.

    By Mary Salmonsen • Sept. 20, 2022
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    California could phase out gas heaters by 2030 to cut smog

    The home and building appliances are “an underappreciated driver of unhealthy air quality in California cities,” non-profit advocates say in a report Tuesday, as state regulators consider only allowing zero-emissions alternatives.

    By Sept. 20, 2022
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    Grocer, housing developer partner on essential services for older residents, families in affordable housing

    Grocery delivery, prescription and vaccination resources will be available to more than 133,000 residents across 520 properties in the U.S. through an Albertsons and WinnCompanies partnership.

    By Catherine Douglas Moran • Sept. 16, 2022
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    To make a dent in its affordable housing crisis, Utah tries zoning reform, new funding

    Experts say the measures — including using millions of dollars in pandemic relief funds and implementing zoning reforms that make it easier to build near transit — will not alone solve the state’s housing crisis.

    By Sept. 14, 2022
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    Can a billionaire’s planned city be equitable?

    Existing planned communities impart lessons about maintaining economic and racial diversity, but doubts remain about whether a city planned by private interests like Telosa can truly achieve equity.

    By Adina Solomon • Sept. 13, 2022
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    San Diego adds social worker to assist homeless public library patrons

    The two-year pilot will provide support for unhoused individuals experiencing substance use or mental health issues instead of relying on untrained library staff to do so. 

    By Sept. 12, 2022
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    Advanced mobility, mass timber projects chosen in $1B federal regional challenge

    The American Rescue Plan’s $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge will support joint efforts to use mass timber to accelerate affordable housing, spur American manufacturing for advanced mobility, and much more.

    By Sept. 9, 2022
  • A flooded basement level apartment stands in a Queens neighborhood that saw massive flooding and numerous deaths following a night of heavy wind and rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ida in 2021.
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    How New York City can make basement apartments safer: reports

    A year after rainfall and subsequent flooding from Hurricane Ida led to 11 deaths of basement residents, a nonprofit and the city comptroller are calling for safety measures, protections and a pathway to legalize the dwellings.

    By Sept. 1, 2022
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    Vacant strip malls could become housing under newly passed California bills

    Millions of homes could be developed on commercial-zoned and retail-zoned properties if Gov. Gavin Newsom signs the legislation.

    By Aug. 30, 2022
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    Resilient Land Use Cohort to explore climate adaptation strategies

    Urban Land Institute networks and community representatives in five regions will investigate how to best implement resilience hubs, conduct land swaps for homes in flood zones and scale green infrastructure, among other ideas.

    By Aug. 25, 2022
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    Cities slow to distribute federal homelessness relief funds, HUD OIG finds

    City and state staffing shortages and challenges coordinating other funding sources have hampered the fast impact of $4 billion from the CARES Act. It takes time for cities to build capacity, experts say.

    By Aug. 25, 2022
  • President Biden signs the Inflation Reduction Act surrounded by members of congress and backed by American flags in the White House.
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    How cities can prepare for the Inflation Reduction Act’s climate opportunities

    With billions of dollars for energy efficiency upgrades, urban park enhancements and more signed into law this week, experts share tips on how cities can start preparing for funding opportunities now.

    By Aug. 19, 2022
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    7 ways cities and states can protect renters from eviction and housing discrimination

    Carl Gershenson of The Eviction Lab at Princeton University shares how local leaders could assist low-income renters who are facing eviction or denied housing, even in the absence of new federal funds.

    By Aug. 12, 2022
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    California to conduct unprecedented review of San Francisco’s housing approval processes

    While long and complex approval processes that up the cost of housing are common in the U.S., building in San Francisco is especially arduous, the California Department of Housing and Community Development stated.

    By Aug. 11, 2022
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    New York public housing is poised for electric heating and cooling upgrades from a California startup

    Vince Romanin, the CEO of Gradient, discusses the market for heat pumps and a New York City Housing Authority contract to rethink HVAC for residents vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

    By Aug. 10, 2022
  • Four city officials standing around an organics recycling bin, with a white sanitation truck in the background
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    New York City rolling out ‘largest curbside composting program in the nation’ with Queens expansion

    After years of budget cuts and political shifts, the Department of Sanitation says this latest organics recycling iteration will be its most cost-effective and efficient approach yet. Drop-off bins are also being added in other boroughs.

    By Cole Rosengren • Aug. 9, 2022
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    Building performance standards momentum slowly grows in the wake of White House efforts

    A Maryland county’s policy represents one of the only major updates so far, but more localities have said they’ll pursue standards. Funds in the Inflation Reduction Act could provide new incentives to decarbonize buildings.

    By Aug. 8, 2022
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    Yardi: Office-to-multifamily conversions pose cost, logistical challenges

    Despite predictions earlier in the pandemic, these conversions have proven to be a “slow, niche trend” that largely delivers high-end housing.

    By Mary Salmonsen • Aug. 8, 2022
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    To meet demand, US needs 4.3M more apartments by 2035

    The nation lost 4.7 million affordable units between 2015 and 2020, and now faces a 600,000-unit deficit, according to a new study.

    By Mary Salmonsen • Aug. 4, 2022