Small Scale Development

Skipping Federal programs and Professional Developers in favor of starting small and local efforts to protect and create affordable housing.

 Small scale development includes
Accessory dwelling units (ADU) and granny flats
Community Land Trusts
Energy innovation to preserve affordability
Master leasing
Micro homes
Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing (NOAH)
Nonprofit flipping?
Shared Equity

More News, Please....

"About 80 young people worked on the house since Project REBUILD purchased it in 2015, said Executive Director Joanna James. The vacant house had been slated for demolition, but its location within the Vassar Park neighborhood and its structure made it an ideal showcase for Saint-Gobain building materials."
This is an example of the initial stages of social change. What comes next is the topic of rhino!UP July 22nd edition. 
Practice Area:  Advocate, Organize
Hot issue: 
Keywords:  energy efficiency, youth organizing, civic engagement
Posted:  July 12, 2018

July 4, 2018, Columbus Dispatch, "Homeport will help broader range of homebuyers"
Nonprofits financing middle income housing development requires new tools.
Practice area: Preserve
Hot issue: Small scale redevelopment
Keyword: Lead safe, affordable, homeownership.
Posted July 4, 2018

"Homes on the Hill has acquired a $500,000 line of credit from Huntington Bank to buy, fix and sell vacant properties on the Hilltop and other West Side and Southwest Side neighborhoods. The nonprofit developer has received lines of credit before for similar programs, but never one this large, said Steve Torsell, Homes on the Hill’s executive director. 'It’s really significant,' Torsell said. Homes on the Hill will buy the properties, bring them up to code and then list the homes for sale. It expects that buyers will be able to get a loan not only to acquire the property, but also for further repairs."
Practice area: Preserve
Hot issue: Small scale redevelopment
Keyword: Lead safe, affordable, homeownership.
Posted July 4, 2018
RHINO asks: Does the housing inspection include a lead risk assessment. Does remediation comply with RRP standards? Are buyers (renters) informed of Known Lead Hazards? 

"Losing unsubsidized housing in this segment — to gentrification, deterioration or other causes — forces those families into higher-cost parts of the rental market, reducing their ability to spend on other necessities such as food or healthcare. Or it could force them to compete for units affordable to households earning less than they earn, bidding up those rental prices. It’s already happening in many places; an estimated 100,000 new units of affordable housing come online every year, but for every new affordable apartment, two are lost due to deterioration, abandonment or conversion to more expensive housing." Without institutional support and a community base, small and minority landlords fall prey to the techniques of classic "slumlord" investors. 
Professionalism of this sector is critical to addressing the affordability issue, increasing "healthy homes," and maintaining household and community stability. 

January 19, 2018 The NYC Community Land Trust Movement Wants to Go Big
"A CLT is a nonprofit entity that stewards the housing or other buildings on its property by retaining ownership of the land—a unique ownership structure that advocates say help ensure the buildings remain permanently affordable. The model is also believed to promote democratic and community-driven decision making, with CLTs usually governed by a “tripartite board,” in which one third of members are residents of the property itself, one third live in the surrounding neighborhood, and one third are other stakeholders like nonprofits, elected officials, or funders."

January 18, 2018 Another wave of accessory housing stories 
When do ADU's make sense in Ohio?

June 7, 2017 Next City Millions of Affordable Housing Units Are Flying Under the Radar

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