HUD Secretary Julián Castro recently announced HUD’s latest national one-night estimate of homelessness, highlighting a continuing decline across the nation. HUD’s 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found that there has been an overall 11 percent decrease and 26 percent drop in the unsheltered homeless population since 2010, when President Obama launchedOpening Doors, the nation’s first-ever comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness. Between 2010 and January 2015, veteran homelessness declined 36 percent, family homelessness declined 19 percent, and chronic homelessness declined 22 percent. MORE
InvestAtlanta, the city of Atlanta’s economic development arm, recently released a “Housing Strategy” report that made a strong case for more workforce housing. There is just one problem: none of the programs the policy wonks and planners promote are funded at anywhere near adequacy, nor does the Beltline currently have any funds to back its own mandate.
Federal officials today are announcing an 18-metro program aimed at putting foreclosed properties in the hands of local non-profits.
Atlanta is one of the areas chosen, according to a spokesman for the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which developed the program working with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
The idea is to stabilize neighborhoods – and markets – that were badly hit by the housing crisis, which in Atlanta resulted in an estimated quarter-million homes going through foreclosure in just a few years.Read More
November 5-6, 2015, New Orleans, Louisiana
National Housing Conference’s Solutions for Restoring Neighborhoods brings together practitioners and advocates from across the housing community to explore solutions for creating affordable housing and revitalizing neighborhoods. Conference sessions are framed by from a comprehensive community development perspective that treats housing as a nexus connected to education, transportation, economic development, health, the environment, public safety and other social issues. Presenters will come from around the country and the New Orleans region to share ideas, propose solutions and offer practical lessons for all to take home.Read More