October 29, 2018

HUD Releases New Data on the HOME Investment Partnerships Program

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  • HUD has released three frequently requested reports on the HOME Investment Partnerships Program investments and units. Two of the reports identify the number of HOME units completed since 1992 for each state and congressional district. The third identifies the number of HOME units completed since 2010 in Low Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) developments and the average amount of HOME funds disbursed for each development. According to the HOME Coalition, over the past 28 years, the program has invested $29.1 billion to help build and preserve more than 1.25 million affordable homes and to provide direct rental assistance to more than 297,000 families. In addition, every $1 of Home funds leverages more than $4 in other public and private resources. 
  • The Bay Area Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing (TOAH) Fund has been relaunched as a $40 million initiative that aims to promote equitable transit-oriented development across the nine-county Bay Area. Through a consortium of five community development financial institutions that includes Enterprise Community Loan Fund, this initiative will offer financing for the development of affordable housing, community services, fresh food markets and other neighborhood assets near transit lines throughout the region. Learn more about the TOAH Fund. 
  • The Regional Plan Association (RPA) has released a report on “The High Cost of Bad Landlords: Impacts of irresponsible building ownership in New York City.” RPA found that between 2013 and 2015, 48 percent of evictions cases filed were for units in residential buildings with repeated patterns of both evictions and violations. The report suggests that a significant portion of the city’s housing problems are caused by a limited number of irresponsible landlords, arguing that the minimum cost to the public from this challenge is at least $300 million annually, or nearly $100 in taxes per year for each household in New York. (RPA, October 2018)
  • The Washington Post looks at tiny home communities that provide shelter to homeless individuals. These efforts include a Kansas City project that offers tiny homes to former service members as well as a Seattle tiny home community that provides shelter to homeless women. Sharon Lee, the founding executive director of Seattle’s Low Income Housing Institute, notes that creating tiny home villages in Seattle has yielded results, pointing out that a 2017 city evaluation found that those who live for a year in tiny homes are more likely to be employed and move into permanent housing than they would have been they remained in tent encampments. (The Washington Post, October 26) 
  • According to an article the Los Angeles Times, a growing number of public libraries are hiring social workers to help connect homeless individuals with housing, healthcare and food. The article notes that the concept of offering counseling and outreach to public libraries’ homeless patrons has caught on in cities likes Chicago, Denver, and New York, as public libraries have long been a temporary refuge for homeless individuals. In 2009, the San Francisco Public Library hired a full-time social worker to help patrons find permanent housing. The Chicago Public Library has also hired social workers for a couple of its branches, an effort that is sponsored by local hospital system Amita Health. (LA Times, October 27)

Upcoming Webinars 

  • This Wednesday October 31, Enterprise Community Partners will hold a webinar on "Creative Placemaking: Filling the Void Between Development and Artists." This webinar will discuss with Kaziah Haviland, director of design and planning at Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, and Lea Oxenhandler, Rose architectural fellow at People's Emergency Center, how they were able to bridge the connection between development and artists through identifying resources and making the case for including the work in the budget. Register here for the webinar.
  • On Thursday, November 15, Enterprise will hold a webinar to discuss the newly released Opportunity360 – Listen: The Community Engagement Toolkit, an online tool that brings together more than 40 resources to enable effective community engagement. This webinar will feature a panel of experts and practitioners from across the country who specialize in community development. Register here for the webinar

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