A retrospective on the last four decades
To say that today’s housing market is marked by turbulence and uncertainty would be one of the great understatements of the past several years. Almost weekly, news about home prices, home sales or foreclosures add to the angst and uncertainty that many homeowners feel about their investment in real estate.
Green-built affordable housing is not an oxymoron. Rather, backers say, it’s a common-sense way of constructing single family homes, duplexes, apartment buildings, other dwellings and even whole neighborhoods that conserves energy, water and provides a healthy environment in which to live.
And while it may cost a little bit more up front to build, it saves on utility bills over the long-run. According to a New Ecology study of 16 green affordable housing developments, the average increase in costs over conventional building was only 2.4 percent.
Shared equity and trusts provide a path to affordable homeownership
A lot of people who bought their first home about the same time as Colin and Sarah Robinson in 2008 — or maybe a little before — have already lost it. Others won’t own theirs much longer.
Cities learn the ropes of neighborhood stabilization
Employer Assisted Housing programs are helping to provide homes to working-class families
Employers including global corporations, small businesses, nonprofits, hospitals and universities have encountered serious problems attracting and retaining employees because of affordable housing issues, especially in rundown inner cities and pricey suburbs.
The solution: employer-assisted housing (EAH) programs that teach employees the skills they need to buy a home and provide them with financial assistance to help pay for it.
Cities respond to increase in rentals with new regulations
For the last four years economic conditions and a surge in foreclosures have created an ongoing trend in America.
The number of renters is growing, while those owning homes has dropped, according to the 2011 State of the Nation’s Housing study published by Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.