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At the federal level, funds for affordable rental and home-
ownership programs have stagnated or been cut. Federal
programs such as the Low Income Housing Tax Credit and
HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods program for transforming
public housing are successful but woefully underfunded.
Homelessness persists as a problem, with official estimates of
close to 600,000 homeless people on any given night.
But there are success stories coming from local communities,
states, nonprofit organizations and REALTOR® associations,
and in this issue of On Common Ground, we report on many
approaches that might be used where you live. Several cities
— Houston, Las Vegas, Mobile, Ala., New Orleans; Syracuse,
N.Y. — and the state of Virginia have announced that they have
eradicated homelessness among military veterans. Downtown
business groups are meeting the homeless on the streets and
finding them housing and medical care. A new model of serving
the homeless with “housing first” along with supportive
services is finding success. And REALTORS®, as individuals and
as associations, are helping the homeless directly as well as
advocating for public policy to tackle homelessness.
Developers, nonprofits and local governments are partnering
to build affordable housing developments on land owned
by the local government. Communities and builders are reexamining zoning codes to find a place for a middle-scale of
housing — something between single-family detached houses
and large apartment buildings — to bring a neighborhood-scale middle density that can provide more affordable
homes. State governments are increasingly adopting historic
tax credits that can be used by individual homeowners to
more economically rehabilitate older homes. There is no one
solution to our housing problem. There are many.
Meeting Affordable Housing Demand
Courtesy of Florida Community Loan Fund