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22 posts categorized "Senior Housing"

July 1, 2014

Community Developments – Rental Affordability Worsening, Populations Rising in Census Poverty Areas

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By Allison Charette, Research Analyst & Felicia Kiefer, Intern

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  • An analysis of Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) reveals that America is quickly heading toward a rental housing crisis. Since the financial crisis, the number of occupied rental units has increased, the number of vacant rental units has steadily fallen, as has the vacancy rate. As a result, the cost of rent has gone up significantly. Currently, half of all renters are paying more than 30 percent of income on rent while 28 percent are paying more than half of income on rent. (The Atlantic City Lab, June 30)

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April 30, 2014

Community Developments – Enterprise Nutrition and Housing Report, Housing the Elderly in NYC

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By Allison Charette, Research Analyst

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  • Enterprise Community Partners has released a new report that highlights some of the existing programs and best practices in addressing the nutritional needs of low-income communities. It also provides a series of actionable recommendations that demonstrate how affordable housing can be a platform and how housing providers can serve as a crucial conduit for providing low-income families with access to healthy foods and fostering healthy eating. Today, 49 million people in the US suffer from food insecurity and 30 million people live in areas with limited access to healthy food options. Learn more about coordinating nutritional and housing solutions in Enterprise’s @the horizon blog post and read the full report, Food at Home: Affordable Housing as a Platform to Overcome Nutritional Challenges.

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April 21, 2014

Community Developments – Economic Development on Tribal Lands, Lenders Relax Mortgage Standards

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By Allison Charette, Research Analyst

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  • In order to improve housing for Native Americans, economic development on tribal lands needs to be prioritized, writes Nancy Pindus of the Urban Institute. From 1990 to 2008, the number of Native-owned businesses was rising, employment was growing, lending to support economic development was increasing, and Native-owned businesses were expanding and diversifying. However, the Great Recession has since stalled economic development, thus impacting housing quality in Indian Country. (MetroTrends Blog, The Urban Institute, April 18

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April 10, 2014

Field Notes: Top Design Considerations for Senior Housing


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The current Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellows share their ideas, inspirations and photos from the field on our blog. Learn more about the Fellowship.

By Sam Beall, Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow

 

 

 

I won’t pretend that I’m a David Letterman fan. Except for the occasional west coast sporting event, I haven’t stayed up to watch television since I completed graduate school. I’ll leave his plaudits to the pundits and steal his top ten list – a most useful convention. Lists are great; there’s a reason Buzzfeed is popular. Without further ado:

1. Locate close to services

Prioritize daily uses – grocery store, pharmacy or transit. Historically some senior housing has been located adjacent to hospitals as an outgrowth of medical functions. This leads to an institutional environment and a disconnect from traditional communities – characteristics that we ought to avoid.

2. Create an appealing outdoor environment

Create an appealing outdoor environment
Outdoor space at Walnut Park Apts. in Portland, OR

Senior housing designs should include places to walk and sit outside. Orient covered porches towards the street or other activity. Raised accessible garden beds give residents the ability to continue gardening or take up a new hobby.

3. The Multipurpose room has to have a purpose!

Too often the common spaces we create in senior housing have not been carefully considered. Circulation patterns, expected uses, unexpected uses – everything needs to be considered. Some of this work falls to the owner or building manager, but the architect can spur this by thoroughly interrogating the building program. 

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March 31, 2014

Community Developments – Need for Supportive Services for the Elderly, Johnson-Crapo Markup Scheduled

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By Allison Charette, Research Analyst

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  • As the number of older Americans rises, it becomes increasingly important to consider various methods of care, particularly those that are in-home. According to a new report by the Center for Housing Policy, the number of older adults will double to over 88 million by 2050 and 90 percent of future retirees want to remain in their homes as long as possible. The report examines supportive service programs that have successfully helped older Americans age in place. (The Center for Housing Policy, March 27)

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March 25, 2014

Community Developments – Housing the Homeless, NLIHC’s Housing Wage Report, and High Student Debt

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By Allison Charette, Research Analyst

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  • In an effort to reduce the number of homeless families living in shelters and hotels, Massachusetts is allocating $25 million to the development of 335 supportive housing units. According to Governor Deval Patrick, child care services, job training and mental healthcare will be available to those living in the units. Since the 2008 recession, a record number of Massachusetts families are living in hotels and motels due to shelter overcrowding. (WBUR: Boston’s NPR, March 25)

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