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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: 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: Innovative Programs to End Homelessness

December 26, 2014

As one of the fastest growing regions in the country, with population projections calling for as many as one million additional residents by 2040, cities in the Research Triangle face an increasing challenge to meet housing demand, specifically for those experiencing homelessness and earning very lo … Continued

Student Corner: The Potential of Micro-Housing to Expand Affordable Housing Options

December 11, 2014

A coalition in Greensboro is spearheading a campaign that would bring a relatively recent innovation in permanent supportive housing to North Carolina. An outgrowth of the increasingly popular tiny house movement, the development of multiple, standalone units connected to specialized services is gai … Continued

Student Corner: Affordable Housing: A Look at Programs in two of North Carolina’s Fastest Growing Cities

October 2, 2014

Summer 2014 saw increased attention paid to the issue of housing affordability in America with reports by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and the New York Times highlighting the squeeze low and middle income households face from ever-incr … Continued

Student Corner: Mixed Reviews — A Retrospective of Durham’s HOPE VI Revitalization Project

May 15, 2014

In August 2000, The Durham Housing Authority (DHA) in partnership with The Community Builders (TCB) received a $35 million HOPE VI grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to revitalize Few Gardens, a public housing development located in Northeast Durham. The purpose of the … Continued

Student Corner: Discriminatory Effect without Intent: A Fair Housing Challenge to the Allocation of Low Income Housing Tax Credits

May 1, 2014

A court case pitting two unlikely opponents in the effort to provide better housing opportunities for low-income households has captured the attention of state housing finance agencies around the country. At issue in Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. v. Texas Department of Housing and Community Af … Continued

More foreclosed and vacant homes ahead. How can local governments respond?

June 15, 2010

2009 was a record year for foreclosures in North Carolina. Now it looks like 2010 is going to be worse. In the first five months of this year, North Carolina experienced 35% more foreclosure starts as compared to the same period in 2009. (2012 update: a GAO report on vacant homes and foreclosures ca … Continued

Taxation of Affordable Housing in Community Land Trusts

December 23, 2009

Imagine that you own a home, but not the land on which it sits. You’re a tenant on the land, subject to a 99-year ground lease. As a condition of the ground lease, you are permitted to sell your home only to a household earning less than the community’s median wage, and the ground lease sets a maxim … Continued