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|From: John Faust (wjfaustgmail.com)|
|Date: Tue, 13 May 2008 08:17:16 -0700 (PDT)|
This reference <http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/affordablehousing/index.cfm>offers a brief explanation of what affordable housing is from the government's (HUD's) perspective. Surprisingly, it is not an unreasonable goal but clearly the programs listed there haven't been all that effective. The stated goal is to provide housing for all at costs that don't exceed 30% of their income. Naturally, the problem is a shortage for low income families. The glitches are the usual: shredded safety nets, rapidly disappearing manufacturing jobs, lack of training programs and opportunities for analytical work, predatory capitalism, subprime ethics, and the abysmal level of minimum wage. Right now there are over 12 million renters/homeowners that pay more than 50% for shelter which impacts good nutrition, health care and educational opportunities. So affordable housing does address the proper income group but doesn't do it effectively. What could cohousing do? Difficult to say. One of the programs is called Homeownership Zones--a basically unfunded program. It is described in the article in this way. The Homeownership Zone<http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/affordablehousing/programs/hoz/>program allows communities to reclaim vacant and blighted properties, increase homeownership, and promote economic revitalization by creating entire neighborhoods of new, single-family homes, called Homeownership Zones. Communities that apply for HOZ funds are encouraged to use New Urbanist design principles by providing for a pedestrian-friendly environment, a mix of incomes and compatible uses, defined neighborhood boundaries and access to jobs and mass transit. There have been two competitive funding rounds, one in 1996 and one in 1997. No further funding has yet been made available for this program. You can find information about New Urbanist design here<http://www.cnu.org/>and here <http://www.newurbannews.com/AboutNewUrbanism.html>. You will find that they are very compatible with cohousing view. Clearly the problem is to get funding for such programs. Maybe an earmark from your local, compassionate representative. :^) John Faust
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