Archive for September, 2014

National policy directions, local impacts: thoughts on rental housing

National policy directions, local impacts: thoughts on rental housing

Last week my colleague Donna Bell and I attended a housing summit sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center. The conference took its themes from the BPC’s 2013 report, “Housing America’s Future: New Directions for National Policy.” Its four key recommendations: (1) increase access to credit for potential homeowners, (2) reform the housing finance system to shift most of the burden to the private sector, (3) focus rental assistance dollars on lowest-income renters, and (4)

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HOPE for community gardens

HOPE for community gardens

In 2009, the Homeless Outreach Poverty Education arm of the UNC Campus Y founded HOPE Gardens, a community garden on land owned by the Town of Chapel Hill. In partnership with Active Living By Design and the town’s Department of Parks and Recreation, HOPE got into the business of community gardening and urban farming. Initially envisioned as a transitional employment center for homeless people, as well as a source of

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