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Student Corner: Boosting LIHTC: Difficult Development Areas & Qualified Census Tracts

May 9, 2017

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program was designed to encourage the private development of affordable rental housing in the United States. (If you are new to LIHTC, check out the CED blog’s primer on low-income housing tax credits before proceeding.)   But even with the dollar-for-dollar … Continued

Student Corner: What’s Old is New Again: Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

February 23, 2017

The granny cottage, in-law suite, or guest apartment, among its various names, might seem like a quaint relic of the past. But proponents are touting the Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) as the new frontier of housing development in an era of rising demand for diverse housing stock. Ranging in size, b … Continued

Student Corner: Does affordable housing negatively impact nearby property values?

January 26, 2017

Despite public perceptions of affordable housing negatively impacting nearby property values, there is evidence to suggest that the impact is minimal if at all. Trulia, an online residential real estate site, recently conducted a study indicating that low-income housing tax credit (read more on LIHT … Continued

Live Long and Prosper: Does CED Impact How Long We Live?

April 19, 2016

I often think about ways in which local government matters in the daily lives of citizens. This month, a major study was released showing how local conditions, and community and economic development, infrastructure, and planning in particular, may have a direct impact on the most basic quality of li … Continued

Student Corner: Report: The Unintended Consequences of Housing Finance

April 7, 2016

The Unintended Consequences of Housing Finance is a recent report by the Regional Plan Association that addresses the negative externalities of certain federal housing finance rules, and myriad methods to address these externalities through rule changes and amendments. Perhaps it is not immediately … Continued

Student Corner: 50 Years of HUD: Rental Assistance Demonstration Program

December 3, 2015

As the CED blog ends its series celebrating the 50th anniversary of HUD (previous posts can be found here and here), it is only fitting that this post focuses on one of HUD’s newest, and perhaps one of its most radical, programs: Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD). The RAD program serves a simple … Continued

Student Corner: Commenting on the NC Qualified Allocation Plan

November 19, 2015

Every year the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) reviews the Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) that describes the selection criteria for developers submitting projects for Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC). LIHTC credits provide developers the ability to feasibly develop affordable ho … Continued

Student Corner: 50 Years of HUD: Choice Neighborhoods

November 12, 2015

In recognition of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s 50th anniversary, the CED blog is highlighting a couple of HUD’s newest programs that cities can use to help spur revitalization in distressed neighborhoods. One of these programs is Choice Neighborhoods. Choice Neighborhoods … Continued

Student Corner: Primer on Low-Income Housing Tax Credits: 2015 North Carolina Qualified Allocation Plan

November 5, 2015

Every year the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) awards applicants with Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) – the most important resource for creating affordable housing in the United States today. The NCHFA uses federal and state funds to produce affordable housing by partnering with … Continued

Student Corner: So what’s the big deal with Micro-apartments?

September 10, 2015

If you were to Google micro-apartments, articles about innovative projects in Seattle, Washington D.C., Boston, San Francisco or former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to solve the housing crisis in New York top the list. Seattle alone has 780 units already approved for occupancy and about 1,600 more … Continued