|Re: Restructuring assistance programs - another take||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Alan Carpenter (acarpentdirect.ca)|
|Date: Mon, 8 Sep 1997 20:06:14 -0500|
WE have a project underway in B.C., Canada called Quayside Village Cohousing. We have created 5 affordable homes including one affordable rental. This has only been supported by the government in creating a "density bonus" and the group did the rest. This may be a model that other Cohousing groups can consider. > Date: Wed, 3 Sep 1997 20:24:45 -0400 (EDT) > From: Dahako [at] aol.com > To: cohousing-l [at] freedom.mtn.org > Subject: Restructuring assistance programs - another take > Message-ID: <970903202303_-1870520540 [at] emout01.mail.aol.com> > > Hi all - I used to write the regs for the CDBG program, and have substantial > experience with the HOME and Section 108 loan guarantee programs too. They > would need very little restructuring, if any, to work with cohousing, so long > as a reasonable number of low-income folks are served (percentage and > counting method varies by program). The big IF with these funds is IF you > can convince your local or state government to budget some for you. The > local budget competition is fierce in most places. And messing with the > low-income focus of the programs would be extremely hotly contested by > established public interest groups. > > In my opinion, a good federal legislative route to take might be to establish > a pilot or demonstration or special project administered by the Neighborhood > Reinvestment Corporation (used to nonprofits and have access to private funds > and run awesome training courses), the National Community Development > Initiative (strong emphasis on low-income folks and nonprofit capacity, > access to government and private funds), or HUD (little natural access to > private funds, bureaucracy may channel nascent organization rather than > letting it find its own way). There are some other organizations out there > that may also be useful. I strongly recommend picking someplace smallish. > > In North Carolina, Rep David Price is very interested in housing issues and > is on the relevant appropriations committee in the House. I might have some > conflict of interest issues if I approach him, but there are plenty of other > NC folks who could. He is currently trying to help Self-Help Credit Union > set up a secondary market pilot. (Which reminds me that Community > Development Loan Funds, or the National Association thereof, might also be a > useful resource for cohousers.) > > Jessie Handforth Kome > Eno Commons Cohousing > Durham, NC
Restructuring assistance programs - another take Dahako, September 3 1997
- Re: Restructuring assistance programs - another take Alan Carpenter, September 8 1997
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