Affordable Housing & Transit-Oriented Development

Posted by on February 14, 2011

The latest from Shelterforce

In this issue: Affordable Housing & Transit-Oriented Development

Homeownership Today and Tomorrow: Building Assets While Preserving Affordability

In the latest issue of Shelterforce, we feature a trio of articles on Atlanta, where the Atlanta BeltLine has spurred a new way to bring community land trusts to scale. Our coverage is book-ended by an overview of TOD projects and how equity advocates are helping to shape plans, and a look at existing policy tools in place to build in affordability before land cost escalation.

This issue also continues our housing policy interview series with a talk with Deputy Secretary Ron Sims.
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An Affordable BeltLine?
The Atlanta BeltLine brings much promise to the city of Atlanta, but will elevated housing costs be an unwelcome addition? Atlanta is looking to a community land trust to preserve affordability for the long-term near this new asset.

Bringing CLTs to Scale
After struggling to legitimize the CLT concept in the city, the new Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative acts as a “central server” that on one hand serves as a CLT advocate and information provider, and on the other will balance citywide scope with local control of individual land trusts by existing CDCs.

Atlanta’s Pittsburgh Neighborhood
One Atlanta neighborhood’s experience of the housing bubble and expected transit investment leads it to invest in a land trust and a vision based in sustainability.

Deputy Secretary Ron Sims
Sims discusses lessons learned from heading up one of the largest counties in the country, and how HUD can be transformed into a “living lab,” bringing a new philosophical orientation to the department that emphasizes both public and private equity, innovation, and long-term sustainability.

Also in this issue, we look at

* The lease-purchase model to increase ownership
* Permanent affordability and asset building
* Saving power-building organizing
* Pierre Clavel’s Activists in City Hall

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