An article in The Washington Post details a new kind of partnership between affordable housing developers and the American Legion, a vets’ organization, to turn an old legion hall into 160 apartments, half reserved for homeless and at-risk military veterans. Says Deborah Burkart, of LISC/NEF’s Bring Them HOMES initiative, “this could be an example others follow”—under-used American Legion facilities across the country might provide a similar resource for creating safe and much-need homes for our ex-servicemen and women.
An apartment-hunter “drowning” in listings for luxury rentals posed a question to DC’s NPR radio affiliate: Are any developers in the DC area making non-luxury housing? The answer is a qualified “yes,” and LISC DC’s Ramon Jacobson offers insight into the complexity, and imperative, of building affordable housing in the nation’s capital, where one in five tenant households is severely rent burdened.
The expiration of housing tax credits threatens affordability for renters all across the country. But in Detroit, where home-ownership plummeted in the wake of the city’s financial crisis and where unfettered development is displacing longtime residents, affordable rentals are at an all-time premium. LISC Detroit’s Tahirih Ziegler spoke to Michigan Public Radio about the situation, and how LISC and the city are partnering on incentives for landlords and other tools that will create a bulwark for affordability. Hear from Tahirih starting at the 13 minute mark!
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