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HousingWire: The future of affordable housing is Lego houses? - July 29, 2014

Danish company showcases 3D printed Lego-style home idea

Trey Garrison  July 28, 2014 2:34PM

Affordable housing is a worldwide challenge, even here in the United States. But when you think of it, people may have been playing with – and building – the very solution to the problem for going on 80-plus years.

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Affordable Housing Finance: Mapping America's Affordable Housing Gap - July 29, 2014

By Donna Kimura

There’s not a single county in the United States that has an even balance between the number of extremely low-income residents and affordable and available rental units. Not one.

Suffolk County, Mass., comes the closest. It has the smallest gap, with 50.4 affordable and available units available per 100 rents.

Cobb County, Ga., has the biggest gap, with just 2.8 affordable and available units per 100 rents, according to the Urban Institute, which has unveiled an online map that details the nation’s rental housing crisis. Visitors can click on any county to see how large the affordable housing gap is in the area.

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The Boston Globe: A housing model that can help middle class - July 29, 2014

By Paul McMorrow  | GLOBE COLUMNIST   JULY 29, 2014
BOSTON DEVELOPERS are used to battling their way toward groundbreaking ceremonies. There are few real estate deals in town that don’t come loaded with some form of bloodsport, whether it’s the dust-ups over building heights downtown, the brutal parking conflagrations found on every block in South Boston, or something more amorphous, like the toxic identity politics that have dogged new housing construction in Jamaica Plain. These battles pop up frequently enough that they’ve taken on the feel of a ritual dance. The contours of the conflicts feel familiar, even as the address of the field of battle shifts.

Huffington Post: More Vouchers and Supportive Housing Will End Homelessness - July 28, 2014

By: Deborah De Santis, President and CEO of CSH (Corporation for Supportive Housing)
Posted: 07/28/2014 10:54 am EDT 

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Seeking nominations for the Curator of the Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University Graduate School of Design - July 28, 2014

The Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) invites nominations and applications for the position of Curator of the Loeb Fellowship. Now in its fifth decade, the Fellowship was founded with a gift from John and Frances Loeb. Over those five decades the Fellowship has offered the resources of Harvard to a diverse group of over 450 Loeb Fellows from 36 U.S. states and 18 countries. For more information see:

Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston's 2014 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) Training Events - July 24, 2014

Are you planning to apply for Affordable Housing Program (AHP) funds in the 2014 AHP round?  If you are and have not yet attended one of the AHP Application training sessions, you should consider registering for one of the remaining training sessions. Both members and development sponsors should consider participating. Please register on our events page for one of the remaining training sessions.

Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston Requests Nominations for 2015 Advisory Council - July 22, 2014

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston is now accepting nominations to fill five vacancies on its 2015 Advisory Council. The vacant seats will be filled by individuals actively involved in providing or promoting housing and community lending in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

To access a copy of the nomination form or to learn more information about the Council, click here. Submit all nominations by email or fax to:

Governor Patrick Announces Federal Funding for Community Improvements - July 21, 2014

$27.5 Million for 54 Communities for Housing and Infrastructure Upgrades, Child Care, Public Service Programs

NLIHC Congratulates New HUD Secretary Castro, Recommends Affordable Housing Priorities - July 10, 2014

Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro as the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with a 71-26 vote. The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) congratulates Secretary Castro and welcomes him to Washington.

Governor Patrick Announces New Support for Affordable Housing Units Across the Commonwealth - July 8, 2014

Over $83 Million Will Build or Preserve 1,328 Units of Housing, Create Over 2,000 Construction Jobs

SPRINGFIELD – Monday, July 7, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today announced $83.6 million in funding to create 24 affordable housing projects across the state, building on the Patrick Administration’s commitment to improving housing infrastructure to support growth and opportunity throughout the Commonwealth. In all, the projects will create 1,328 units of housing and over 2,000 jobs.